Canadian doctor accused of
providing steroids to pro athletes
by Despiina Doukas
Canadian Doctor Anthony Galea resigned as Toronto Argonaut’s team doctor, following an FBI investigation, accusing him of smuggling drugs across the border.
According to NY Daily News, Galea, who is known mostly for treating professional athletes such as golfer Tiger Woods and New York Mets stars Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, has been charged by Canadian officials with conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone and the drug Actovegin into the United States. Conspiracy to smuggle prohibited goods into Canada, illegally selling Actovegin and smuggling goods into Canada is in violation of the Customs Act. At the time of his arrest, Dr. Galea was suspected to be providing prominent American and Canadian athletes with performance-enhancing drugs
Galea was arrested in Toronto on Oct 15, and appeared briefly in court last Dec. where his lawyer stated that he was not guilty of treating athletes with illegal drugs and would be vindicated of all charges.
Nonetheless, investigations are still underway, with the FBI questioning many professional sports athletes about their connection to Galea.
The FBI questioned Jose Reyes earlier last month on his affiliation with the doctor.
“They just asked me basically how I met the guy and stuff like that and what he put in my body,” Reyes told the National Post. “I explained to them what he [was] doing. … I don’t worry about anything. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Dr. Galea also treated Tiger Woods in 2008, following a knee injury, but the golfer denied any reports linking him to sports enhancement drugs.
“Some people have made up things that never happened,” Woods told the National Post. “They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false.”
The list of athletes who were associated with Galea keeps growing. Most recently, the feds have asked to question Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran.
According to MLB.com, Beltran acknowledged having been in contact with Galea, saying that his month-long treatment involved his knee and had nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs.
“He didn’t inject me with anything,” Beltran told MLB.com. “This investigation has nothing to do with me.”
He also told the FBI that he recommended Galea to Reyes, and that the Mets were aware of the doctor treating their players.
Although none of these athletes have been directly accused of taking performance enhancing drugs, many students at Dawson are disappointed in the athletes who are under investigation.
“I think if an athlete dopes himself up maybe, he shouldn’t be an athlete. If they aren’t going to put the time and the effort to train like the other players do, and aren’t on their game and think taking drugs is going to make them better, it’s going to show up sooner or later and it’s just going to look bad on their part”, said Jessica Reardon, a second semester Social Science student. “But I don’t think these cases are going to change the field of sports. People are still going to watch sports, but their attitudes of certain players may change.”
The captain of Dawson’s AAA men’s basketball team, Karim Sy-Morissette agrees.
“Athletes using steroids is bad because it’s cheating. It gives athletes a bad image and puts an emphasis on a need for glory no matter the cost,” he said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are also conducting an investigation into Galea.