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Accused Fla. Steroid Dealer Implicates Caps, Nats

Polk County (Fla.) officials marched out in front of the cameras last night, helpfully surrounded by thousands of doses of anabolic steroids, to announce the arrests of 35-year old Richard Thomas and his wife for allegedly dealing juice in Central Florida. What officials said they couldn't yet confirm was Thomas's claim that he had sold to a variety of athletes in virtually every sport, specifically including players from the Caps and the Nats. Which leads to a few key questions:

1) If these officials can't confirm the Caps and the Nats part of it, why bring it up at a press conference, guaranteeing hundreds of sensationalistic Web headlines within hours? Ok, I guess the question sort of contains the answer.

2) How surprised were you to learn that Thomas's was a former bodybuilder who, according to the Ledger, had "numerous semiautomatic guns, shotguns and an automatic AR-15 assault rifle in the home," and required three sets of handcuffs to bring down? And well done, bringing the guns and drugs and bodybuilding trophies to the press conference. That'll keep the media from going the sensationalistic route.

3) Is it worse PR for the Caps to share a headline with the word "steroids," or with the word "Nats"?

4) If the Nats actually have a problem with juicers, is the best joke the one about steroids being completely ineffectual, or the one about what their record would be without juicing?

Anyhow, the sheriff, Grady Judd, said it was the largest steroid bust in Polk County history, estimating the value of the seized drugs at $200,000, according to Tampa's WFLA, which also has video of the press conference. Among other charges, both husband and wife earned 10 counts of possession of steroids with intent to sell. And, in the most bizarrely ominous quote of the night, the sheriff said "there will be a whole lot of people puckered up after they see the morning news."

Well, congrats sheriff. This is your moment. Enjoy the puckering.

(Read more at Off Wing Opinion, Puck Daddy, FanHouse, the Examiner, and every other site in the world.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 7:18 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Nats  
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In response to number 2, to be fair he wasn't the same after an overdose of gamma radiation a few years back.

Posted by: Section117 | May 27, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Could it be that JimBo was on the juice? All that turbo-trading had been suspicious.

Posted by: joemktg2 | May 27, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

If its true he sold to hockey, could this be the start of testing for hockey?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | May 27, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Paul LoDuca's making a comeback?

Posted by: mrlogical | May 27, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I thought the NHL does test. I am also guessing that this may be a dealer trying to get off/get in the news.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 27, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse


Free Manny!

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 27, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Did he say "puckered up" or "suck on it and like it"?

Posted by: rdpinva | May 27, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The NHL already tests guys up to 3 times a year.

Players under Olympic consideration have a whole other list of guidelines to follow (IOC guidelines are stricter than those of the NHL), to wit Jose Theodore's infamous "Propecia" test of 2005.

Notably, OTC cold medication is a big time no-no.

Posted by: jcurrin | May 27, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

It really wouldn't be that much of a shock if some Nats were juicing. Lousy teams tend to draw older players trying to hold on to their careers (Paul LoDuca) and young players on the fringes of talent and potential (Nook Logan). Both those types have little to lose and a lot to gain from steriods. Get the names, test them, and lets see what happens.

This story is one more reason I'm glad I don't have to live in that craphole called Florida.

Posted by: petey5 | May 27, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

For number 1 and 4, I kept saying those all day today. As for number 2, it would be worse for the Caps because it's become synonymous with baseball, and no one's really surprised about someone on the juice.

Posted by: SarahM28 | May 27, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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