Archive: Steroids

Titans Linebacker Fowler Reportedly Facing Possible Suspension

According to reports, Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler was informed by the league in a letter that he is facing a possible suspension for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The possible discipline by the league apparently has arisen from information supplied by Plano, Tex., personal trainer David...

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Owens Could Be Subjected to Additional Drug Testing

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens reportedly has been placed in the NFL's "reasonable cause" testing program for performance-enhancing drugs after being unavailable for a recent random test. Owens missed calls to schedule a test, according to reports, and now is subject to as many as 24 annual tests...

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Jacobs's Death Ruled Suicide

The death of Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs was ruled a suicide Friday by the Dallas County medical examiner. Jacobs had been found shot to death in his home. He was a convicted steroids dealer who had spoken to NFL representatives last month about players to which he...

 

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steroids Dealer Who Met With NFL Officials Reportedly Found Dead in Home

A convicted steroids dealer who had met recently with NFL representatives was found shot to death today, according to reports. Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs, 35, was found dead in his home when police went there to make a welfare check, the Associated Press reported. Amando Jo Earhart-Savell,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 5, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Investigators Meet With Trainer Involved in Steroid Case

According to several reports, league representatives met Wednesday with Plano, Tex., trainer David Jacobs on Wednesday to investigate his claims that he sold steroids and human growth hormone to NFL players. Jacobs reportedly provided the league's investigators with documents supporting his claims. Jacobs was sentenced to three years probation...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

SpyGate Comes Up During Steroid Hearing

While testifying before the House subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about "SpyGate" by Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-N.Y.). Because the subject of the hearing was the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), the chairman of...

 

By Mark Maske | February 27, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell, Upshaw Testify Before Congressional Subcommittee

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw testified today before a congressional subcommittee examining the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports. Also testifying were the commissioners and players' union executive directors of the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 27, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Lehr Reportedly Implicated By Personal Trainer in Texas

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Matt Lehr reportedly has been implicated in the NFL's latest steroids scandal. The Dallas Morning News reported that Lehr was implicated by Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs, who pleaded guilty to a steroids-related charge this week and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

Personal Trainer Reportedly Tells Federal Authorities He Supplied Performance-Enhancing Drugs to Cowboys Players

A Plano, Tex., personal trainer reportedly has told federal investigators that he supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Dallas Cowboys players. The trainer, David Jacobs, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. Under a plea deal, Jacobs reportedly agreed to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (8)

Trainer Claiming Ties to Cowboys, Falcons Players Pleads Guilty in Steroids Case

A personal trainer based in Plano, Tex., claiming to have ties to players with the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons pleaded guilty in federal court today to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. The trainer, David Jacobs, told KTVT-TV in Dallas that he will...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Fullback Suspended for Violation of Steroid Policy

The NFL suspended Chicago Bears fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and banned substances. Ayanbadejo signed with the Bears in the offseason after spending three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals....

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

League, Union Likely to Prohibit Pro Bowl Participation By Any Player Who Tests Positive for a Performance-Enhancing Drug

MIAMI--The league and the NFL Players Association apparently will enact a measure beginning next season that would ban a player from participating in the Pro Bowl if he is suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug that season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union chief Gene Upshaw said...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2007; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell, Upshaw to Work Together on Player Conduct Issues

MIAMI--Gene Upshaw said at his annual Super Bowl news conference that he's highly concerned about the number of NFL players to have been arrested in recent months and he intends to work with Commissioner Roger Goodell to try to rectify the problem. Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2007; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

League, Union Complete Agreement to Strengthen Steroid-Testing Program

The league and the NFL Players Association announced today that they'd completed an agreement to toughen the sport's steroid-testing program. The two sides agreed to increase the number of random tests to which players are subjected to 10 players per team per week during the preseason, regular season and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (10)

J. Taylor Says Steroid Suspension Should Eliminate Merriman from Defensive Player of the Year Consideration

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor says that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman shouldn't be eligible to be the NFL's defensive player of the year because Merriman was suspended for four games this season for violating the league's steroids policy. "You really shouldn't be able to fail a...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Case Involving Overseas Payments by Chargers Players Now Being Reviewed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials

When Drug Enforcement Administration agents found that San Diego Chargers players were sending sums of money to China, they thought they had a steroid case on their hands. Instead, they ended up with what they thought was a counterfeit shoe case. In a year that has been marked by...

 

By Mark Maske | December 15, 2006; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

Goodell Says He's Hopeful Agreement Will Be Completed Soon to Bolster Steroid Program

FRISCO, Tex.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today he's hopeful of completing an agreement with Players Association chief Gene Upshaw soon to strengthen the league's steroid-testing program. Goodell said there's no agreement yet but he hopes one can be completed "in the near future." Goodell and Upshaw have discussed the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 08:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Suspends Saints DT Thomas

The NFL suspended New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for four games without pay for a violation of the league's policy on steroids and related substances. Thomas and the Saints told the league that the banned substance for which he tested positive was contained in one of the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (3)

Talks Between League, Union Progressing Toward Possible Agreement to Toughen Steroid Program

Representatives of the NFL and its players' union met last week and seem to be progressing toward completing an agreement to toughen the league's steroid-testing program. Officials on both sides of the discussions said today that no agreement had been completed. But the two sides, officials said, are discussing...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Begins Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman addressed his teammates today at the team's training facility before beginning a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's steroids policy. Merriman, the league's co-leader in sacks, says that he unwittingly ingested a banned substance in a supplement he was taking. "I'm...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 09:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Drops Appeal of Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped his appeal of his four-game suspension imposed by the league for a positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program. Merriman, who's tied for the NFL lead with 8-1/2 sacks, is to begin serving his suspension immediately and is to miss the Chargers'...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman's Appeal Scheduled to be Heard on Nov. 7

NEW ORLEANS--Shawne Merriman's appeal of his pending four-game suspension for testing positive under the league's steroid-testing program is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 7. The San Diego Chargers linebacker remains eligible to play in the meantime. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to comment on the specifics of the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merriman Says He's Hopeful Appeal Will Overturn Pending Suspension

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman said at a news conference Monday that he's hopeful his appeal of his positive test under the NFL's steroid-testing program will overturn his pending four-game suspension. Merriman apologized to his teammates. "Hopefully nobody makes any kind of judgment or anything that basically makes...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 05:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Guard Lehr Suspended

The league suspended Atlanta Falcons guard Matt Lehr for four games for a violation of the steroids policy....

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deliberations Between League, Union On Drug-Testing Program Are Ongoing

Conversations between the league and the NFL Players Association about possible changes to the sport's steroid-testing program will continue. A league spokesman said that no agreements were reached during today's meeting between Commissioner Roger Goodell and Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the union. But the dialogue between the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Major Announcements From Goodell-Upshaw Meeting

Officials said there were no major developments to announce following today's meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw. Goodell and Upshaw met to discuss a variety of issues, including possible changes to the league's steroid-testing program. Goodell said in recent weeks that he had...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell, Upshaw To Meet Thursday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including possible changes to the league's steroid-testing program. Goodell has said it's possible that the program will be strengthened, perhaps by testing players more frequently or adding...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

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,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

Congressional Leader Urges NFL to Re-Examine Steroid Policy

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Government Reform, wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today urging the league to re-examine its steroid policy in the wake of recent reports about the use of human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 06:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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