Steroids in Football


Canadian Football Player Blames Steroid Use on His Depression

Canadian Football League (CFL) player Jordan Matechuk blamed depression for his decision to buy large quantities of anabolic steroids. Matechuk was busted by the United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) during a secondary inspection at the International Bridge in Sault Sainte Marie (Michigan). The professional football player had 543 oral steroid pills and 262 milliliters of injectable steroids in his possession as he returned to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp. [Read more…]


Football Players Sue After Being Banned Under NFL Steroid Policy

The National Football League banned  Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive lineman Ryan McBean for violating the NFL’s steroid policy. Williams and McBean were suspended for six games but not because they tested positive for anabolic steroids or any specific banned performance-enhancing substance. The NFL alleged that the two players provided “non-human” urine samples to the drug testing officer. [Read more…]


Two Steroid Users Make List of Most Hated Seattle Sports Figures

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper recently compiled a list of the most hated Seattle sports figures. Given the national obsession with anabolic steroids in sports, it probably comes as know surprise that two steroid users made the list. Of course, steroid use itself wasn’t the primary reason that the athletes made the list. But it obviously didn’t help.

Brian “The Boz” Bosworth and Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez were the steroid users with Seattle connections who made the Post-Intelligencer’s list. [Read more…]


Canadian Football Player Busted for Steroids Gets Second Chance

Football player Jordan Matechuk has received a second chance to play professional football. The Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Matechuk to a contract this month. Matechuk, acting on the advice of his agent Fred Weinrauch, had sent a letter of apology and contrition to all the teams in the CFL after he was released from jail. He expressed his shame at being arrested for steroids. The Blue Bombers were the only CFL team to express interest in him. [Read more…]


Jerry McGuire Super-Agent Perpetuates the Lyle Alzado Steroid Myth

Renowned super sports agent Leigh Steinberg recently perpetuated the popular myth that anabolic steroids caused Lyle Alzado’s death from a rare form of brain cancer. Steinberg was the real-life inspiration for director Cameron Crowe’s 1996 movie “Jerry Maguire”. [Read more…]


Wisconsin Professor Tries to Dispel Lyle Alzado Steroids Myth

University of Wisconsin professor Norm Fost has gained something of a reputation as an iconoclast when it comes to the issue of anabolic steroids in sports. While many so-called experts talk about the alleged serious and deadly side effects of steroids, Dr. Fost provides a strong counterpoint by suggesting the overstated steroid side effects are not supported by the scientific literature. [Read more…]


Anabolic Steroids Don’t Cause Brain Damage in Football Players

The biggest public health crisis facing the sport of American football may not be the use of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs after all. Many former National League Football players have experienced varying degrees of severe and permanent brain damage after playing American football professionally for several years. [Read more…]


Senator Continues to Grandstand Over Human Growth Hormone Testing in Sports

United States Senator John McCain still hasn’t given up his grandstanding over the use of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports. Last month, he sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee and requested that they hold a hearing on human growth hormone (hGH) testing in the National Football League (NFL). [Read more…]


NFL Players are Justified in Distrust of hGH Test Promoted by WADA

The National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) has expressed a great deal of skepticism about the reliability of the blood test for human growth hormone (hGH) promoted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The players’ union has agreed, in principle, to implement hGH blood testing as part of the testing for anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. However, they have not been satisfied with the scientific evidence provided for the WADA-backed hGH test. Several experts, who are not directly employed by WADA, believe the distrust of WADA is justified. [Read more…]


WADA Too Secretive About hGH Test Reliability in NFLPA Meeting

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is being too secretive about the reliability of the blood test for detecting human growth hormone (hGH) use in athletes according to Don Catlin. Catlin’s comments come after the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) expressed reservations about the new blood test for human growth hormone (hGH). [Read more…]