Sports radio host says he injected teammate

Updated: April 20, 2005, 11:45 PM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- A former Brigham Young offensive lineman who now hosts a sports radio show in Oregon said steroid use occurred during his time at BYU and is a bigger problem throughout the NCAA than studies have shown.

Jason Scukanec, an all-Mountain West Conference center for the Cougars in 2001, was interviewed for a story about steroids that ran in the Portland Tribune earlier this week.

He was quoted as saying he knew of "13 to 15 guys" using steroids during his five years at BYU, but on Tuesday said he had been misinterpreted.

"What I was referring to was that many people over the course of my sports career," Scukanec told the Deseret Morning News for a story Wednesday. He later played on a couple of practice squads for NFL teams.

Scukanec said he had never used steroids himself, but did inject a BYU teammate several times. Scukanec, host of a show on KFXX in Portland, did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment Wednesday.

In response to Scukanec's comments, BYU issued a statement reiterating its policy on banned substances, which is explained to athletes each year.

"In addition to random NCAA-mandated drug testing, BYU independently conducts an additional 6-10 random drug tests each year," the statement said.

Banned substances also violate the school's strict honor code, which prohibits use of alcohol, tobacco and sex outside of marriage.

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