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WWE discusses steroids investigation with N.Y. prosecutors

8/16/2007

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Officials from World Wrestling Entertainment
met this week with New York prosecutors investigating illegal
steroid sales.

WWE Vice President Jennifer McIntosh confirmed the Tuesday
meeting but declined to comment on what was discussed. Calls to
Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares' office were not
immediately returned Thursday.

The day before the meeting, former pro wrestler Brian "Crush"
Adams, 44, was found dead of undetermined causes in his Florida
home. Authorities said tissue and toxicology tests are due in six
to eight weeks.

Adams had not been a wrestler for WWE since 2001, McIntosh said.
His death came less than two months after pro wrestler Chris Benoit
killed his wife and son before hanging himself on the cable of a
weight machine in his Georgia home. Prescription anabolic steroids
were found in the home, raising questions about whether the drugs
played a role in the killings.

Soares' office has said Benoit had been a client of Signature
Pharmacy of Orlando, Fla., which is at the center of the
investigation.

Nine people, including three current or former physicians, have
pleaded guilty, most affiliated with Internet and phone-order
companies that filled orders for anabolic steroids and growth
hormones through Signature and sent drugs to customers around the
country, including Albany County.

Signature's owners have pleaded not guilty.

In New York, it is illegal for a doctor to prescribe drugs
without examining the patient in person, and illegal for a pharmacy
to dispense prescription drugs without a valid prescription.

National Football League officials met with Soares and other
investigators in March. An NFL spokesman said they had asked the
prosecutors' office for any information relevant to the league.