HWSNBN's Blood Doctor Charged
By Kickntrue on 5/19/10
One of Tiger's docs, Dr. Anthony Galea of Toronto was charged yesterday in a Buffalo, New York, federal court.
The Canadian doctor with ties to Tiger Woods and other athletes has been charged in the U.S. with unlawfully treating professional football players with unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone.

Woods has acknowledged being treated by Dr. Anthony Galea of Toronto with platelet-rich plasma therapy, a legal treatment also known as “blood spinning,’’ but repeatedly has denied ever having used performance-enhancing drugs. Woods said Galea performed blood-spinning treatments for his knee and Achilles’ tendon.
Slicka Slicka Slim Shady.

The one thing this whole "infidelity" thing may have earned Tiger is almost a complete pass on this whole mess. He's denied forcefully ever using PED's including a couple odd times, like the middle of his apology to fans, family and the nation early this year. At his Master's press conference I thought he handled the question or two about this very well arguing that athletes like to visit doctors who treat other athletes. It's a reasonable argument, you just wonder if he wasn't treating them all dirty.

I'm certainly not an expert on blood spinning, so I don't know how "normal" a procedure that is, how many doctors could perform it, or how easy it would be to tamper with and be used as a method of PED use. For now, I'm giving HWSNBN the benefit of the doubt, but I guess we'll see how far this unravels and how much is revealed. If there was wrong doing, this doctor (and his athlete patients) couldn't have been stupid enough to leave a blatant paper trail, right?

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UPDATE- At least golf/Tiger don't have to deal with cycling's problems. Check out this headline currently on SI.com this morning. Not only does it sound bad for the sport- it's just plain awkward.



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Oak says:
When you add everything up, it becomes more and more apparent that he took some form of PEDs. The Tour will never flag him because that would be shooting their cash cow. So if any proof will come forward it will have to be from a paper trail from a federal case like this and someone at an involved law firm will leak it for the right price.

I think it will be interesting to see how hardcore golf fans will react if he's proven to have cheated. The people who've mostly had his back this entire time will likely turn on him. Golf is a gentleman's game at it's purest. Cheating on your wife is one thing, but cheating the game is a far worse offense in the eyes of the country club crowd.

If I were to lay odds right now I'd lay them at 70/30 he took some sort of PED. This could get real ugly if some proof is found and leaked.
5/19/10
 
dmsmith20 says:
How is ped going to improve a golfers game? What hit the ball farther. There are tons of other guys that are ahead of tiger in average driving distance. Bubba Watson for instance.
5/20/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@dmsmith20- that's where i align with a lot of this... except on the injury front. most baseball players who've used some for of PED (or cyclists- which is gonna get messy btw) say its about recovery time and feeling good the day after a rough day- more so than actually strength.
5/20/10
 
brianshaffer32 says:
I just don't get the whole PED thing. How many of you guys on here have taken a cortizone shot in order to continue to play golf. Or how many of you take some sort of arthritis medicine, vitamin, or any thing of that sort. None of those are natural, they are used to enhance your performance. The steroid thing I get because they are illegal to use in the United States. As for the rest of it, that is all legal then I just don't get it. If it is proven that Tiger has taken PED's that were banned by the PGA then yea his legacy should be tarnished but if he took stuff that wasn't banned or if he took stuff prior to them being banned he is doing exactly what we would do if we had the money to do. . .
5/20/10
 
Swingem says:
Pro cycling has been cracking down on PEDs for several years now (and it has been messy) with frequent, mandatory random testing and stiff penalties (2 yr mandatory suspension). Whats fishy here is that this guy is a "doper doc" and has worked with A-Rod (an admitted steroid user). Additionally, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has weighed in on the subject of blood spinning, www.newscientist.com/article/dn7375 , so the problem for TW becomes suspicion by association. I'm also not sure how PEDs would benefit a golfer, however the MO for dope-docs has been to stay one step ahead of the authorities by manipulating therapy schedules to elude detection, or developing therapies that can't be detected by current methods. With all of his other issues, the question mark on this one just stands out that much more.
5/20/10
 
brianshaffer32 says:
lol Yea not sure how long that headline will last, what do those guys think when they write those things, or maybe we are all just immature
5/20/10
 
Swingem says:
Never lose touch with your inner five-year-old.
5/20/10
 
Oak says:
HGH or PEDs in general probably wouldn't make Tiger a better golfer per say, what it would do is make him a better athlete that is playing golf, particularly as he gets older and his body begins to break down more often and/or is recovering from injury. While still amazing, Tiger isn't the same golfer he used to be. He's lost 10-20 yards off the tee and has had multiple injuries and surgeries.

So to think that if he did use HGH, it wouldn't somehow give him an advantage over other golfers to stay both healthier and stronger throughout a round, a tournament or the entire season including practice sessions, is being naive. There's a reason why athletes use PEDs, they work. Many great golf careers have been derailed prematurely due to injury. Look what's happening to Tiger now for example.
5/20/10
 
Oak says:
People don't really care anymore about steroids and other PEDs in the headlines. I'm tired of them too, but the playing field should be level. If Tiger's going to rack up majors at least other golfers should be allowed take what he's using. It's bad enough that he's the best golfer in the world but him cheating on top of that is a bit much, in addition to lying about it. I hope Phil can leapfrog him in the standings during the next month or 2 because I fully support his supplementation strategy of 2 glazed Krispy Kremes before each round. As far as I know that's still legal for Tour players.
5/20/10
 
legitimatebeef says:
I think all these timely "PED" accusations are just another attempt at discrediting and casting a shadow on basically everything Woods has ever done. People are getting a little carried away in all of this.
5/20/10
 
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