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The Rick
03-29-2005, 01:50 PM
Maybe this is why Sauerbrun got the axe... :hmmm:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers Todd Sauerbrun and Jeff Mitchell and former player Todd Steussie had steroid prescriptions filled by a West Columbia, S.C., doctor now under investigation by federal authorities, according to "60 Minutes Wednesday" report.



In a release Tuesday, the CBS News show said the players all had prescriptions for testosterone cream filled within two weeks of the Panthers' appearance in the 2004 Super Bowl.

In addition to the cream, which is banned by the NFL, Sauerbrun one of the league's top punters also obtained syringes and the injectable steroid Stanozolol, which is also banned by the league.

The prescriptions were reportedly written by Dr. James Shortt, who is the subject of a Drug Enforcement Administration probe for allegedly prescribing steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Mitchell, a center, filled a testosterone prescription seven times, while Steussie, an offensive lineman now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, obtained 11 refills over an eight-month period in 2004, CBS reported.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney has said the team is cooperating with a federal subpoena that sought contact information for several players as part of the probe of Shortt. He has said he is not aware of any of the team's players testing positive for steroids.

Hurney did not immediately return a call from the AP seeking comment Tuesday.

According to a report last month in The State of Columbia, Shortt has been under investigation since May.

In September, authorities raided Shortt's Health Dimensions office and Congaree Pharmacy near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. State and federal agents seized computer data, at least 21 boxes of patient and medical records and 256 audio cassettes, the paper reported.

The "60 Minutes Wednesday" report also includes an interview with a former employee of Shortt, Mignon Simpson, who says she personally shipped human growth hormone to NFL players and that possibly a half-dozen players received hGH from Shortt.

There is no reliable test for hGH.

CBS said Mitchell and Steussie did not respond to repeated calls and letters seeking comment. The network said that when it contacted Sauerbrun by phone, and asked him about Shortt, the punter said, "I like the guy very much."

Ten minutes later, CBS said, Sauerbrun called back to say he had been confused and that he did not know Shortt.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=10&u=/ap/20050329/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_steroids_panthers

Brock
03-29-2005, 01:52 PM
Not surprised. The guy wasn't exactly built like a punter.

BIG_DADDY
03-29-2005, 01:59 PM
It's a good thing were paying a fortune to these federal authoities to protect our filthy rich athlete's from these evil steroids.

FringeNC
03-29-2005, 02:35 PM
About time it moves beyond baseball...During the hearings when those idiot parents were blaming baseball players for the sons' deaths, I kept wondering how Congress could be singling out baseball when steroid abuse is so much more prevalent in football (at all levels)...

shaneo69
03-29-2005, 02:47 PM
"The network said that when it contacted Sauerbrun by phone, and asked him about Shortt, the punter said, "I like the guy very much."

Ten minutes later, CBS said, Sauerbrun called back to say he had been confused and that he did not know Shortt."


:LOL:

KingPriest2
03-29-2005, 04:06 PM
Steroids Prescribed To NFL Players

March 29, 2005



An exclusive report reveals the names of three NFL players who filled steroid prescriptions before they played in the 2004 Super Bowl. (Photo: CBS/AP)



"This is not even medicine. This is better athletes through chemistry."
Mignon Simpson



(CBS) A list obtained exclusively by 60 Minutes Wednesday reveals that three Carolina Panthers professional football players had prescriptions filled for a banned steroid less than two weeks before they played in the 2004 Super Bowl.

Contributor Anderson Cooper also reports that two of the players repeatedly refilled their steroid prescriptions -- in one case, 10 times.

Cooper's exclusive report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Wednesday on March 30, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The prescription records, obtained by 60 Minutes Wednesday, show that offensive lineman Todd Stuessie got 11 prescriptions for testosterone cream over an eight-month period in 2004.

That same record also shows that Panthers' lineman Jeff Mitchell filled a testosterone prescription seven times. Todd Sauerbrun, one of the best punters in the NFL, received more than just testosterone. According to the list, he also obtained syringes and Stanozolol, an injectable steroid also banned by the NFL. The prescriptions were written by Dr. James Shortt, a South Carolina doctor.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue confirmed at a team owners meeting last week that the league is investigating what happened. David Black, a forensic toxicologist who helped the NFL set up its drug-testing program in the late 1980s, tells 60 Minutes Wednesday that there is a problem if the NFL's testing program didn't catch players receiving so many steroid prescriptions for so long.

"If this continued to go on, under the umbrella of that program, then that program needs to be reevaluated...and have some substantial improvement," says Black.

The NFL says it plans to toughen its screening for testosterone, but there's one banned substance the league doesn't have any test for yet: Human Growth Hormone. Like steroids, HGH can help make big athletes even bigger, but there's currently no reliable test for it.

Shortt was also providing HGH to NFL players, says Mignon Simpson, one of the doctor's former employees, who says she shipped some of the HGH to the players. She also tells Cooper that "possibly a half dozen" professional football players received HGH from the doctor: "The amount and dosage...I don't recall, but I know when things cost...[a] couple of thousand dollars, that's not a little bit."

Despite an ongoing Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, Shortt is still a practicing physician. "This is not even medicine," says forensic toxicologist David Black. "This is better athletes through chemistry."

Shortt declined to be interviewed by 60 Minutes Wednesday for this report, while Mitchell and Steussie did not respond to repeated calls and letters.

When contacted by phone, Sauerbrun said this about Shortt, "I like the guy very much."

Then, 10 minutes later, he called back and said, "Dude, we got our communications confused. I don't know this guy."

Dave Lane
03-29-2005, 04:44 PM
It's a good thing were paying a fortune to these federal authoities to protect our filthy rich athlete's from these evil steroids.

Boy heres something we agree on! Hell death penalty for first time offenders I would think.

Dave

Dave Lane
03-29-2005, 04:46 PM
Maybe he could play for the Oakland Roiders.

Dave

Valiant
03-29-2005, 05:03 PM
man kickers and punters should be forced to use steriods...lanky bastards...

BIG_DADDY
03-29-2005, 05:07 PM
Boy heres something we agree on! Hell death penalty for first time offenders I would think.

Dave

Yea you were always one for over legislation. I am more than sure you would force the whole world live under your moral standard if you could. People like you are scary. Good thing you don't have any real power.

Spicy McHaggis
03-29-2005, 05:39 PM
man kickers and punters should be forced to use steriods...lanky bastards...

I wasn't even aware they tested kickers.