Prosecutors Want To Test Foley Blood Sample for Steroids
Prosecutors are seeking a blood sample from San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley, who reportedly was shot three times in the leg by an off-duty police officer 11 days ago, to test it for the presence of steroids, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.
According to prosecutors, Foley had a blood alcohol content of 0.233 percent, nearly triple California's legal limit to drive of 0.08 percent, when he was shot outside his home.
"His history of aggressive and even violent contact with law enforcement indicates the possibility of more than mere alcohol involvement," investigator Dan Nordell wrote, according to the Associated Press.
Steroids "can cause erratic behavior in those that use them. This has been given names like 'roid rage for the uncontrollable outbursts and violence experienced by some users," Nordell wrote.
According to the affidavit, prosecutors have no evidence that Foley was using performance-enhancing drugs but, but because of his history of confrontations with law-enforcement officers, want court permission to test a blood sample from the hospital at which Foley was treated for steroids and other illegal substances. Foley reportedly has been arrested at least five times since 1999 and some of those cases, according to police, involved alcohol and clashes with officers.
Foley's attorney and agent declined to comment to the AP.
According to law-enforcement officials, Foley was shot by an off-duty officer who had followed Foley's car to the player's house in a San Diego suburb around 3 a.m. on suspicion of drunk driving. The officer, now on paid administrative leave, fired a warning shot after Foley got out of the car and began walking toward the officer, then shot the player when Foley reached into the waistband of his pants, according to the law-enforcement officials.
The Chargers placed Foley on the injured reserve list and indicated they would not pay his salary this season.
By Mark Maske |
September 14, 2006; 6:56 PM ET
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