Too many stories about jocks and their man parts lately. First, there’s Brett Favre and his alleged naughty cell phone pictures, and now we have sprinter LaShawn “Not Long” Merritt and a positive drug test. For steroids? Sort of.
Merritt joins the long list of jocks busted for using performance enhancing substances that they claim they ingested “accidentally.” This time the sneaky way the ‘roids got in his system was a “male enhancement product.” Likely one pitched by a guy named Bob with a huge grin on his face. Doesn’t matter why Merritt took it, but testing positive for it ended with a nearly two year ban from the sport.
In the end, Merritt claims the whole situation made it “extremely difficult to wrap my hands around.” If you say so.
American 400m Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt received a 21-month ban for an anabolic steroid which his lawyer claimed was contained in an over-the-counter penis enlargement product. The 24-year-old – who is also the world champion at the distance – tested positive three times to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Merritt, who claimed he had started using the product after the 2009 season, first tested positive on October 28, 2009, then on December 8 and finally on January 16 this year. The suspension has been backdated to start on October 28, 2009, though, he did not receive the most stringent punishment possible, a two-year ban.
Merritt had said back in April, when it was first revealed he had failed the tests, how embarrassed he was. “To know that I’ve tested positive as a result of a product that I used for personal reasons is extremely difficult to wrap my hands around.
Baseball’s “steroid era” continues, despite Major League Baseball’s best efforts to bury it in the past.
Now comes word that one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Roger Clemens, has been indicted by a federal grand jury (that just sounds impressive, doesn’t it?) on charges that he lied before congress when he told them back in 2008 that he had never used steroids. Oops. Sounds like someone doesn’t believe him, and that same someone are the folks who take down dictators in foreign countries. Or put you in jail for missing a decimal point on your 1040.
The video below from Clemen’s testimony from February 13, 2008 reminds all of us about the beginning of the end of The Rocket’s reputation.
A federal grand jury in Washington indicted former baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens on Thursday for lying to Congress, in a legal deposition and in congressional testimony when he repeatedly denied under oath that he ever used anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
According to the indictment, which includes one count of obstruction of Congress, two counts of perjury, and three counts of making false statements, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner “well knew” that he was trying to hide the truth from a House oversight committee in 2008 when he said, “Let me be clear. I have never taken steroids or HGH” – which is human growth hormone, another banned drug.
If convicted, the onetime pitching star for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.
Just like those wacky Canadians to take things WAY to far! Just look what they did to their bacon! On the other hand, after this incident, we might see a lot more interest in Canadian college players by the NFL, especially the Bengals.
The University of Waterloo Warriors football team will miss the entire 2010-2011 season over steroid violations. As many as nine potential doping violations were discovered during a mass test of 62 football players from the University of Waterloo, resulting in suspension of the team’s activities for the upcoming season.
In addition, two players from the team received suspensions and a former player faces charges in a police probe into steroid trafficking. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the University of Waterloo held a news conference Monday to announce the findings of a sweeping probe of players in the university’s football program on March 31. More than 80 urine and blood samples were taken, resulting in nine infractions. The test was instituted by the school.