Santana Moss Said to Get HGH From Accused Canadian Doctor: Washington Post
May 20, 2010
Santana Moss Received HGH From Accused Canadian Doctor, Source Says By Rick Maese and Barry Svrluga May 20 (Washington Post) -- Washington Redskins' receiver Santana Moss was among the professional athletes who received human growth hormone from Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, according to a source familiar with the investigation. On Tuesday, Galea was charged with smuggling and distributing HGH. Moss would not discuss the matter at Redskins Park on Wednesday. "I'll talk about football. I don't know about nothing else," Moss said. "I ain't got nothing to do with nothing that ain't about me." Moss's name was first reported today by the Buffalo News. The newspaper, which cited unidentified sources close to the case in its report, said that at this point federal prosecutors do not intend to file criminal charges against Moss or any other athlete with connections to the doctor. Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie said, "This is an off-the-field matter. I'm going to refer all questions to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus." Rosenhaus did not immediately return messages seeking comment. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello issued a statement Tuesday saying the NFL did not know the identities of any of the players listed in the criminal complaint filed Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Human growth hormone is among the banned substances in the NFL. Though the league doesn't specifically test for it, players are still subject to punishment if they're known to be in violation of the league's drug policy. The Redskins concluded their first set of organized team activities Wednesday at Redskins Park and Moss was asked to address the subject afterward. Moss, who is sitting out much of the Redskins' offseason work so that he can rehabilitate his left knee after minor surgery, said he wouldn't comment on whether he had ever met or been treated by the doctor. "I'm telling you right now, I'm talking about football," Moss said. "You talk about football. Anything else out of that, no." Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday the team has not been contacted regarding the federal investigation. "We'll let the due process take care of itself," Shanahan said. "But I'm not going to answer to every type of question that comes -- some doctor comes to town and supposedly is seeing a player. The NFL is on top of all those things. If there's any validity to it, they will contact me and contact our organization, which they have not done." The complaint Tuesday did not reveal the names of the players who were involved in the case. According to the complaint, Galea's medical assistant Mary Anne Catalano was on her way to Washington to meet Galea and an NFL player on Sept. 14, 2009, when she was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border with banned substances, syringes and other medical equipment in her vehicle. The Buffalo News reported that the player was Moss. Earlier this month, when he sat out of a team minicamp, Moss said he had been dealing with knee problems for three years and had finally decided to deal with them surgically. Though he has played in all 16 games in each of the last two seasons, he missed two games each in 2006 and 2007, and he occasionally missed practice time because of knee problems during that time. "I had some stuff that was bothering me from years before, and I just decided to get it done," Moss said of the surgery. Moss, who turns 31 next month, has played nine NFL seasons, the last five with the Redskins. He has 500 catches for 7,443 yards and 46 touchdowns, and is coming off his second straight season with at least 70 receptions. He is expected to be recovered from his injury in time for the team's June minicamp. "I ain't bothering nobody," he said Wednesday. "I'm rehabbing. Getting better." Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday the team has not been contacted regarding the federal investigation. "We'll let the due process take care of itself," Shanahan said. "But I'm not going to answer to every type of question that comes -- some doctor comes to town and supposedly is seeing a player. The NFL is on top of all those things. If there's any validity to it, they will contact me and contact our organization, which they have not done." Galea was charged Tuesday with, among other things, illegally bringing human growth hormone over the border on several trips to treat professional baseball and football players as well as golfers. Most Redskins players and coaches insisted Tuesday, following an offseason workout, that they weren't aware of the player's identity. "We really don't know," linebacker Andre Carter said. "But if that day does come up, and they discuss who the suspect is, we'll plan accordingly. But regardless, if he did or didn't make that mistake, he's still family. We won't turn our backs on him. We just got to go along with it." The issue dominated discussion during the first of four sessions of "organized team activities," which concluded Wednesday. When news broke that a Redskin was involved in the investigation on Tuesday, players' cell phones began lighting up with text messages. Some said it could affect preparations for Shanahan's first season as head coach -- particularly if the player is suspended by the NFL. "It's kind of disappointing, as far as that whole deal goes," receiver Malcolm Kelly said. "A lot of people are accused of doing it all the time. To come out now when we're out trying to get everything together, it's just another distraction." Several Redskins also acknowledged the pressure NFL players are under to overcome injuries and return to the field. But veteran defensive end Phillip Daniels -- who has endured several injuries during a 13-year career -- said a player who knowingly used HGH could be viewed differently in the locker room. "There's no excuse," Daniels said. "Every guy knows that we can't use that. Every guy knows that. You know if you're using it, that ain't a good thing. "Any other supplement that you use -- I can see something over the counter, that you bought at the store, you get tested and you come up positive. That's different. You didn't know it was in there. But HGH, you know what that is. You know what that is. There's really no excuse." Daniels said he frequently calls an information line established by the NFL Players Association -- sometimes for himself, sometimes on behalf of teammates -- to ask questions about supplements players are considering taking. "Even if you call it in, they tell you you're still responsible for what you put in your body," Daniels said. It is not, though, unusual for players to seek treatment outside of the team's staff, be it for physical conditioning or treatment of injuries. "I've had guys who've had five or six people work on them all the time -- massages, their own workout people," Shanahan said. "Everybody's a little bit different with how they take care of their body."