Goodell: NFL will pursue facts in Galea case
IRVING, Tex.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said here Tuesday that the league will "aggressively" look into the possibility that players could be disciplined for their dealings with a Canadian doctor charged by authorities in the U.S. with unlawful distribution of human growth hormone.
"We are very anxious to understand all the details and pursue it aggressively, and we will," Goodell said. "... We will pursue it in accordance with our policies."
Federal authorities last week charged Toronto-based physician Anthony Galea with unlawfully treating athletes with HGH and the unapproved drug Actovegin. According to court documents, two current NFL players and one former NFL player received medical treatment from Galea and the former player admitted to purchasing HGH kits from Galea. The two current NFL players said they did not knowingly use HGH, according to the documents. The players were not identified by name in court documents.
There were subsequent reports that Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss was among the athletes treated by Galea.
The NFL suspended New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison for four games and Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson for five games in 2007 after they were initially linked to banned substances through a criminal investigation.
HGH is on the NFL's list of banned substances but players are not tested for it. There is no reliable urine test for it and the players' union has not agreed to a proposal by the league, made during the two sides' labor negotiations, to blood-test players for HGH.
Goodell said Tuesday he's "hopeful" that the union will agree to blood-testing.
"We will continue to press that in negotiations," Goodell said.
May 25, 2010; 11:20 PM ET
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