Glaus declines to comment on accusations he used steroids
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus declined to address accusations that he received performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegally distributing prescription medications.
Glaus, a four-time All-Star, received multiple shipments of nandrolone and testosterone between September 2003 and May 2004, SI.com reported Friday.
"I respect the fact that you guys have a job to do. I expect that you certainly have some questions. I am not going to comment on the story," Glaus told reporters before Saturday night's game at Tampa Bay. "I hope you respect that at this time."
Glaus appeared shaken by the situation when he talked briefly outside the Blue Jays' clubhouse prior to batting practice. He led the AL with 47 homers in 2000 and was MVP of the 2002 World Series for the Anaheim Angels, then missed large stretches in 2003 and 2004 because of shoulder problems.
Major League Baseball has already asked to meet with him.
"At this point I'm just trying to get ready for a game, and help us get into the playoff hunt," Glaus said.
Glaus received shipments at a Corona, Calif., address that traces to the player, SI.com said, citing a source in Florida with knowledge of a Signature Pharmacy client list. SI.com said its information dealt only with receipt of steroids and not use.
Prescriptions written in Glaus' name were obtained through New Hope Health Center, a California-based clinic, and were sent through Signature, SI.com said. The prescribing physician was Dr. Ramon Scruggs, currently on probation and prohibited from prescribing drugs over the Internet, SI.com said.
Signature is at the center of an investigation by the Albany County (N.Y.) district attorney's office. The probe recently led to the NFL suspensions of New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. A third NFL person involved in the investigation is Dr. Richard Ryzde, one of the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctors. He earlier had been fired by the team.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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