The Washington Redskins find themselves embroiled in a performance enhancing drug (PED) controversy thanks to receiver Santana Moss.
According to the Washington Post, Moss was one of a number of players who received human growth hormone (HGH) treatment from Dr. Anthony Galea.
Galea first appeared in headlines when he reportedly provided a number of Major League Baseball stars with performance enhancing substances. Alex Rodriguez and other baseball stars were called in at one time to speak on the extent of their relationship with Galea.
It appears as though Galea was an all-sport HGH peddler.
The reports that Moss had been receiving substances first came by way of a criminal complaint filed in Buffalo on Tuesday. The complaint accused Galea of drug smuggling, conspiracy, lying to federal agents, unlawful distribution of HGH, and introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce. The complaint also said that all of Galea’s trips into the United States were paid for by his clients.
Among his high-profile client list were Tiger Woods and Rodriguez.
Galea’s attorney, Mark J. Mahoney, issued the following statement to the Buffalo News:
"Officials of the NFL and other sports organizations can sleep soundly tonight, because there is nothing he did with these athletes to help them with performance enhancement," Mahoney told the Buffalo News on Wednesday. "[Galea] strictly provided treatment for injuries. If any athlete got [human growth hormone], it was injected directly into injured tissue, in very small amounts, for purposes of healing."
Moss’ name first appeared when one of Galea’s assistants was arrested in Buffalo last September. While speaking to police, she said that she was on her way to deliver syringes, banned drugs, and other medical equipment to a professional athlete in Washington. According to Yahoo Sports a source close to Moss has connected the receiver with the trip in question.
When asked about the accusations at the Redskins’ workouts, Moss had this to say:
"I'll talk about football. I don't know about nothing else. I ain't got nothing to do with nothing that ain't about me."
New Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan defended his player:
"A doctor comes to town and has supposedly seen a player," Shanahan said. "The NFL's on top of all those things, and if there's any validity to it, they will contact me and contact our organization, which they have not done."
There is no concrete evidence linking Moss to any of the allegations levied against him. However, if professional sports history when it comes to steroids has taught us anything it’s: Where’s there is smoke, there is fire.