Report: Pro wrestlers linked to steroids
By The Associated Press 1 hour, 6 minutes ago
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 *** - 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,
WWE spokesman Gary Davis told SI.com that WWE policy prohibits
performance-enhancing *** 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 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 *** work and had laboratory work done and they had come to see me."