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Orton, other wrestlers linked to probe of pharmacy

9/7/2007

Eleven professional wrestlers, including the WWE's Randy Orton,
have joined the list of athletes linked to a nationwide steroids
investigation.

SI.com reported Monday that Orton allegedly received eight
prescriptions for six different drugs -- including stanozolol,
nandrolone and testosterone -- between March 2004 and August 2004.
According to the documents SI.com reviewed, two doctors whose names
also appear in Gary Matthews Jr.'s file wrote prescriptions for
Orton.

Orton, through the WWE, declined comment, SI.com said.

In its review of documents, SI.com reported it found Adam
Copeland, a.k.a. "Edge," and Shane Helms, a.k.a. "The Hurricane,"
received HGH from Applied Pharmacy in Mobile, Ala., one of the
pharmacies raided in the investigation led by Albany, N.Y.,
District Attorney David Soares.

Through the WWE, Copeland and Helms didn't respond to a request
for comment, SI.com said.

WWE spokesman Gary Davis told SI.com that WWE policy prohibits
performance-enhancing drugs but would not say whether any wrestlers
have tested positive since the policy was enacted.

Also linked to the scandal, in various reports, are baseball's
Jose Canseco, John Rocker, Jerry Hairston Jr. and David Bell,
former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Pittsburgh Steelers
doctor Richard Rydze, 1996 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Kurt
Angle and bodybuilder Victor Martinez.

Monday, SI.com also reported Arizona doctor David Wilbirt's name
has come up in multiple files, including those of Angle, Oscar Gutierrez
(stage name Rey Mysterio) and former WWE star Eddie Guerrero, who
died in 2005.

Through the WWE, Gutierrez declined comment to SI.com about the
report that Wilbirt had prescribed him nandrolone and stanozolol.

Wilbirt told SI.com he's not practicing medicine now.

"I'll tell you one thing and then this conversation is going to
end," Wilbirt told SI.com when asked about the professional
wrestlers. "They had done blood work and had laboratory work done
and they had come to see me."