October 23, 2006 |
San Diego's Shawne Merriman, among the NFL's most dominant defensive players, has been notified that he will be suspended for four games by the league for violating the steroids and related substances policy, ESPN reported Sunday. Citing a source with "knowledge of Merriman's suspension," the network's Chris Mortensen reported that the Pro Bowl linebacker's positive test was "definitely for steroids ... not one of those supplement deals."
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May 29, 1987
A pair of amateur body builders and two of their associates were charged Thursday with operating a $3-million drug ring that illegally imported large quantities of anabolic steroids for distribution on the black market. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles said the ring purchased large quantities of the protein-based, bulk-producing drugs used by many athletes from a West German pharmacist and sold them through a series of private mail drop facilities to distributors throughout the country.
December 16, 1988
Carl Lewis said Thursday that he isn't out to "crucify" rival Ben Johnson but has volunteered to cooperate with the Canadian inquiry into steroid use. "I think we need to get the whole problem into the open," Lewis was quoted as saying by the Toronto Star. "A lot of positive things could come out of this." Lewis, the runner-up, was given the gold medal for the 100-meter dash at the Seoul Olympics after Johnson, the first-place finisher, had tested positive for anabolic steroids.
March 22, 1990
Michigan State officials are looking into allegations made in a story in the Detroit News that Spartan football players injected each other with muscle-building steroids.
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January 19, 1990 |
State and local law enforcement agents Thursday raided two offices of a physician who, they say, is under investigation for illegal prescription of anabolic steroids for bodybuilders. No charges were filed against Dr. George Steven Kooshian, but the agents seized the medical records to try to corroborate information that the doctor has been prescribing the illegal drug for at least one year, according to J. D.
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October 20, 2006 |
The San Francisco Chronicle agreed to be held in contempt of court and pay perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for refusing to assist a federal grand jury probing who leaked to its reporters the secret testimony of Barry Bonds and other athletes, according to a court filing. The government agreed to stay any fines pending the outcome of an appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
June 18, 2002 |
Jerry Colangelo and Donald Fehr are scheduled to attend a Senate commerce subcommittee hearing today to discuss reports of widespread steroid use by major league baseball players. Colangelo, owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Fehr, executive director and general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players' Assn., are among six witnesses called by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), the committee's chairman. With State Sen.
August 11, 2005 |
When it comes to steroids, the best metaphors come from within the sports: Baseball gets all the hits, and the NFL gets a pass. During congressional hearings in April, the politicians heaped praise on the NFL's steroid testing policy. The NFL was complimented, in part, because it appeared to handle the matter so much more capably than baseball and its commissioner, bumbling Bud Selig, did during their turn in March. As if that were enough.
January 16, 2005 |
When he retires and gives us a moment to reflect, we will applaud Barry Bonds for his all-time home run record, his sterling MVP collection and his staggering performance in the stretch run of his career, but mostly for his greatest contribution to baseball: the new, pumped-up steroid policy. Because we know that without Barry, there's no way baseball owners and the players' union, who exist to disagree, would've locked themselves in a room and done something last week that was long overdue.
November 26, 2003 |
Seldom have baseball management and the players' union been more united. The widespread criticism of their steroid-testing program has forged a backs-to-the-wall link between these strange bedfellows. They also clearly share the realization that they can't regress. Having put a steroid plan in place -- no matter the flaws and critical reception -- they're hooked. They can't go back to a see-no-evil era of no program at all when the current bargaining agreement expires after the 2006 season.