Right now, this may be the last of his worries, but if you want to talk about an out-of-left-field image hit for Tiger Woods, check this out.
NYT: A Canadian doctor who has treated many N.F.L. players as well as Olympic medalists like Donovan Bailey and the world’s top golfer, Tiger Woods, is under criminal investigation in the United States. He is suspected of providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, according to several people who have been briefed on the investigation.
The F.B.I. investigation of Dr. Anthony Galea, a sports medicine specialist who has treated hundreds of professional athletes across many sports, follows his arrest on Oct. 15 in Toronto by the Canadian police. Human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf’s blood, were found in his medical bag at the United States-Canada border in late September. Using, selling or importing Actovegin is illegal in the United States.
Actually, it’s not that far out of left field. Suspicious about Tiger Woods and performance enhancing drugs have been raised before.
There are some red flag — his injuries and subsequent recoveries, the length of his drives, his supposed insecurity over his musculature (per one of his girlfriends) — though he’s never looked like a typical ‘roider, so nobody ever thinks about it.
Dr. Galea said Mr. Woods was referred to him by the golfer’s agents at Cleveland-based International Management Group, who were alarmed at the slow pace of Mr. Woods’s rehabilitation after knee surgery in June 2008. The doctor said he flew to Orlando, Fla., at least four times to give Mr. Woods the platelet therapy at his home in Windemere, Fla., in February and March of this year. When asked for comment about Mr. Woods’s involvement with Dr. Galea, Mark Steinberg, of I.M.G., responded in an e-mail message: “I would really ask that you guys don’t write this? If Tiger is NOT implicated, and won’t be, let’s please give the kid a break.”
In the past Tiger may have been untouchable, and so reporters may not have wanted to open this can of worms. But the armour has been pierced. It’s open season now.
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