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Brashear on Steroids Report: 'I Would Really Doubt It'

Donald Brashear just called into WJFK's Big O and Dukes Show to talk about the report that a man arrested yesterday for steroid possession claims he sold performance-enhancing drugs to the Capitals.

Here's a partial transcript:

Brashear's reaction to the report: "All I can say is that we get tested two, three times a year and there's never been anybody that tested positive, so, I mean, I don't know if that's true or not."

On the fact that there is no drug testing in the NHL during the playoffs and offseason: "That's also true, but was he supplying this year, was it a few years ago, when there was no testing? You know, there's a few things I guess you gotta make sure of, but, to tell you the truth, if there was, I wouldn't know, and there's no kind of [player] I would know that would use steroids. It wouldn't be in their best interest to do it anyway."

On the chance that any of his teammates have used performance-enhancing drugs: "I would really doubt it. I mean, I would really doubt it. I don't know. It's a tough position; it's hard to say, I mean, maybe there is and we don't know the ones that are doing it. They wouldn't necessarily tell us."

On how drug testing works in the NHL: "Everybody goes and everybody's got to do the testing. They show up; it's random. They show up one morning and they say, 'We gotta do some testing.' So we never know before, and they can show up at any time they want."

Brashear also spoke briefly about recent reports that he plans to play in Russia's KHL next season if the Caps don't offer him enough money to stay: "I'm just waiting to hear, hoping to hear from the general manager [George McPhee] so we can start talking about it. Usually we talk during the season but this time we chose to wait until the end of the season. There were some offers made during the season, which I rejected, and we decided to wait until the end of the season to finish it up. So that's what it's all about. I'm hoping to hear from the general manager."

On the Caps' young talent and potential being a motivator to stay in Washington: "Well, we have a good team that I think has the potential to win a Stanley Cup. That's my main goal -- I would love to win a Stanley Cup first -- but at my age and where I'm at, money is the most important. I have to take care of my family first, and that's the most important to me."

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 27, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
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I'm curious as to why Donald, of all people, who might be the most shy guy on the team (well, Poti is shockingly shy, too) would eb the one to call in. Although I know he lives downtown, so maybe he's still around and was just listening to the radio and gave them a call.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Repost from previous...

I'm glad to hear Cindy didn't inhale...

From what NHLPA sez, they conform to the WADA standard.

I'd imagine that none of NHL players would use them considering the implications of a single use. Loss of pay for 20 games for first time use, being prohibited from international events, etc. It would be economic suicide.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 27, 2009 12:06 PM

Posted by: Greg S. | May 27, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse


I really wish you would reword the title of this post. At first glance, it looked like you were saying that Donald was on steroids. Couldn't you say, "Brashear talks about steroids", or Steroids: Brashear discusses..."?

Posted by: Greg S. | May 27, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Caps (players or mgmt) should even comment. It wouldn't be the first time that some scum-bag dope peddler tried to implicate others in order to soften his landing. If this guy has clear, undeniable proof, the Caps can cross that bridge when the time comes. Until then, I don't think they should even dignify the story by talking about it.

Posted by: PensFan98 | May 27, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

someone has to comment, its the nature of the media cycle these days. if you don't say something, its assumed you're covering up.

Corey at the times just spoke to Steve Emminger, who said what Brash said. Essentially, I've never something that would make me think anyone was doing steroids, and we get tested multiple times a year.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

agree w/ Greg S. - makes it look like he's the only focus of an investigation.

Posted by: am_jim | May 27, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

dear god, i actually agree with a penguins fan! I honestly don't know why the law enforcement in this case felt it was appropriate to air out what they admitted were unsubstantiated claims. if at such time there becomes clear evidence that would implicate anyone in the Nationals or Capitals organizations, THEN release the accusations of said scumbag steroid peddler.

Posted by: capsfansteve | May 27, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I can see these guys using is pain killers

Posted by: superpaqman | May 27, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess the dealers just hoping he'll be able to make a deal by naming names so he's making it as scandilous as possible. I mean if you are arrested, why would you actually brag about who you sold to unless you had something to gain from it?

Whole thing reeks like Cindy's sports bra.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 27, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The Caps and Nats should get together and file for defamation against the law enforcement agents.

There was absolutely no reason to release this information right now without any evidence.

Posted by: cainoo7x | May 27, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

And then each of the players implicated...

Posted by: Greg S. | May 27, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree with PensFan too. I was so mad at Elliot for going on and on this morning about this and speculating about different players. That does damage IMO. I suppose it is the job of the media to report when some meathead drug dealer makes a claim involving the team, but really, so far that's all it is.

Posted by: CapsChick | May 27, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

First, I think law enforcement should hold investigation issues inhouse until they have some confirmation.

Second, this was going to come to the NHL sooner or later. Players in the NHL are using steriods, let's not kid ourselves. What we hope, as fans, is that players on our team aren't doing it but it's certainly possible.

Third, not many accused of using steriods, in whatever venue, have ended up being defamed. In fact, I can't think of an athlete aside from Lance Armstrong who's been proven to not have used illegal substances after being accused of it.

I don't know how this will turn out but I'm hoping for the very best.

Posted by: saintex | May 27, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I went to the Canadian sites: CBC, TSN and Hockey News. Also the Nat'l Post. Nothing on it. Then I went tothe Toronto Sun. If any rag would have it, it'd be there. Still nothing.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 27, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@ Greg

its on TSN:

its on ESPN under the insider section for hockey.

Posted by: ThePat | May 27, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

need new glasses...

Posted by: Greg S. | May 27, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

On a side note. With it looking like Kozzie and Feds are going to be playing elsewhere next year. Why not make a run at Kovalev? Just a one year deal. I think Kovalev with Ovie and Backstrom, ridiculous...

Posted by: jake81 | May 27, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If it's reported on ESPN then I am totally confident this is a sham. If ESPN was ever correct Green would be suspended for shanking someone and pigs would be flying past my window.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 27, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

isn't Kovalev a bit of a prima donna headcase? Or am I confused with another member of Montreal?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I didn't hear Elliot talking about it and which players he speculated about, but no matter what happens no Capitals player should go on his show again. Since Green got is mohawk done live on his show you would think he was tight with at least Greenie. If there was proof and certain players were found to be guilty then Elliot can talk about it, but where the story is now, not cool.

@mrszilla: I understand pigs aren't flying past your window, but you can't pick up a newspaper without a report of swine flu. (thanks, I'll be here all week)

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 27, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Kovalev is an amazingly skilled player, who sometimes becomes a little disinterested. Although, it's hard to imagine him ever becoming disinterested on a line with Ovie and Backstrom. Great wrist shot. Great passer. Great anticipation and view of the ice. "Sometimes" questionable work ethic.

That describes his years in Pittsburgh, as well as his current rep in Montreal.

Posted by: PensFan98 | May 27, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@mrzilla for fanohock.....enjoy the meatloaf and tip your waitresses!!

Posted by: bhound69 | May 27, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Caps players take PED's and you STILL can't beat the Penguins.

Maybe Ovie-rated can start roid munching too!

Think of how much higher he can leave his feet when he checks. Maybe he will now have enough stamina to back check. He is guaranteed to now break the glass when he back-leaps after all those important goals against Tampa and Atlanta. And last but not least his arms will be that much bigger to hold the trophy that means the most to him...The Hart.

Posted by: laker2313 | May 27, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"That's my main goal -- I would love to win a Stanley Cup first -- but at my age and where I'm at, money is the most important. I have to take care of my family first, and that's the most important to me."

...says the owner of a Lamborghini.

Posted by: DMadison27 | May 27, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"...says the owner of a Lamborgini.' ROFL :)

Posted by: capsfan01 | May 27, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@ Redbirdie

Big O and Dukes are "friends" with Chris Cooley's brother, who happens to know Brash well. Thus, the call in was through that connection. They asked to see if they could get a player on to talk about it.. and Brash did. (or at least that's how I understood it).

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | May 27, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

@laker2313: Like flies to crap, like flies to crap. You Laker fan are like a fly to crap.

Shoo, fly, shoo.

The credibility of a roid machine shouldn't be taken as truth until a full and complete investigation is conducted. Trust you, laker2313, to have selective memory. Tool.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 27, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

an zai jia an bu pa

Posted by: suesue8709 | May 28, 2009 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Ok there Left Coast Caps fan...make sure you look me up when the investigation is complete. An independent 3rd party investigation that is. Not some trumped up ballyhoo by the Caps front office with the Barry Bonds/Roger Clemens defense.

Call me crazy but comments of hockey's inner circle often question Mike Green's physique and the acne the covers Alex Caveman.

Go Pens. Game 7 losses and the Capitals go together like peas and carrots. Enjoy watching the Finals.

Posted by: laker2313 | May 28, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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