Two former University of Waterloo football players who transferred to another college in order to fulfill their dreams of playing college football were denied eligibility. The former Warrior football players had to seek another college football program after the Waterloo Warrior program was shut down for a year after a steroid investigation. The harsh sentence for the football team has been criticized for punishing innocent players who were not involved in doping. [Read more...]
A new report suggest that while the NFL’s Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances is a public relations success, its effectiveness at actually reducing steroid use among football players may be a failure. The Wall Street Journal recounts an incident last week where a reporter observed a player receiving advance notice of a steroid test from the team’s head trainer. Doping flourishes in sports like cycling and track and field which are subject to the most rigorous drug-testing standards presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Other sports, such as NFL and MLB, have much more lax anti-doping rules.Anti-doping experts feel that the NFL might as well abandon drug testing if they are going to give advance notice to players. [Read more...]
The Canadian Football League (CFL) is the only professional sporting league in North America that has not yet implemented steroid testing for its football players. Former WADA chief Dick Pound had previously called the CFL a “summer camp” for NFL players suspended for violations of the NFL policy on anabolic steroids and related substances [Read more...]
No sooner than I finished writing an lawsuit against a supplement company for containing steroids in their (due to either or intentional “spiking” of the ingredients). It gives me no pleasure to write this story because the defendant is a friend of mine.does a professional football player file a
Former NFL running back Femi Ayanbadejo has filed a lawsuit againstof . He claims an undisclosed ingredient in ALRI Max LMG caused him to fail an NFL doping test leading to his release by the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears. Ayanbadejo tested positive for a “form of nandrolone.” Ayanbadejo’s attorney is blaming the positive steroid test on the manufacturer for possibly intentionally “spiking” the supplement with banned substances or contamination from the manufacturing facility.
I have not had a chance to review legal documents in the case. The owner of ALR Industries did not seem to be aware of the lawsuit and could not provide me with any insight into the case.
But on the surface, I’m not sure it has merit from a legal standpoint. [Read more...]
Many people believe that dietary supplements, specifically sports nutrition supplements, are a “” to anabolic steroid use. It is the steroid war’s version of the “ .” While I agree that teenagers should not be permitted to purchase or use stimulants and steroids sold as dietary supplements, I do not subscribe to the “supplements as a gateway to steroids” theory.
Chris Connolly, the head football coach and athletic director of [Read more...]in Dolgeville, New York, has taken the gateway theory, as it applies to suppplements, to the extreme.
The State of Texas University Interscholastic League (steroid testing in public high school sports in Texas.) produced a steroid education video entitled “ .” The steroid education video was released in conjunction with the introduction of
The video features lengthy segments featuring high school teenage athletes who used steroids and suffered. The video implies that anabolic steroids caused stroke and paralysis in one case; it implies that steroids caused suicide in the other case ( ). This type of “scare tactic” approach is common in state produced steroid education and anti-drug productions. [Read more...]
, M.D. is the drug advisor to the NFL on anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. He has granted waivers to football players who have tested positive for anabolic steroids based on medical need. The was “testicular disease” in each case.
John Lombardo, has granted waivers to players who have failed drug tests but then explained their medical need for testosterone. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello won’t disclose names or reveal how many players have been allowed to pump synthetic hormones into their bodies except to say it’s “a very small number.”
This is the [Read more...](NFL) version of the therapeutic use exemption that can be submitted after failing a drug test. An interesting by of ESPN the Magazine this is a precedent opening the door to widespread use of hormones in sports like football.
Most people at every point on the steroid regulatory spectrum, from the advocates of steroid legalization to , agree that anabolic steroid use by teenagers is bad. There are a few people who believe steroids are good for , and . But in general, most people agree with government efforts to reduce steroid use in teenage athletes. Unfortunately, they seem to accept all anti-steroid efforts without question regardless of their efficacy or lack thereof. People seem to be content with “feel good” endeavors that accomplish little. [Read more...]