Tiger Wood’s Latest Scandal: Performance Enhancing Drugs

I thought it couldn’t get any worse for Tiger.  You thought it couldn’t get any worse for Tiger. But sadly it has. Tiger is now being linked with those notorious three letters that make sports fans cringe. HGH. Yep good ol’ human growth hormone.

A report by The New York Times lays out the story about a Canadian doctor who is being investigated for providing performance enhancing drugs to athletes in multiple sports. One of those athletes just happens to be Tiger Woods.

The F.B.I. investigation of Dr. Anthony Galea, a sports medicine specialist who has treated hundreds of professional athletes across many sports, follows his arrest on Oct. 15 in Toronto by the Canadian police. Human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf’s blood, were found in his medical bag at the United States-Canada border in late September. Using, selling or importing Actovegin is illegal in the United States.

Anytime calf’s blood is found, it can’t be a good sign.

Dr. Galea said Mr. Woods was referred to him by the golfer’s agents at Cleveland-based International Management Group, who were alarmed at the slow pace of Mr. Woods’s rehabilitation after knee surgery in June 2008. The doctor said he flew to Orlando, Fla., at least four times to give Mr. Woods the platelet therapy at his home in Windemere, Fla., in February and March of this year. When asked for comment about Mr. Woods’s involvement with Dr. Galea, Mark Steinberg, of I.M.G., responded in an e-mail message: “I would really ask that you guys don’t write this? If Tiger is NOT implicated, and won’t be, let’s please give the kid a break.”

Things just went from worse to d*#n, Tiger. The guy just can’t catch a break. It’s starting to feel like Tiger is on the brink of losing it all.

Sports Medicine Pioneer Subject of Doping Inquiry (NY Times)

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