As noted in the San Jose Mercury here, there are more revelations in the Carolina anabolics case.
As you recall, Dr. James Shortt is going to prison for about one year. Apparently none of the players have legal consequences. However it is said they have medical consequences.
Three of the five starting offensive linemen from the Panthers' February 2004 Super Bowl team - guard Kevin Donnalley, center Jeff Mitchell and tackle Todd Steussie - were in the report. Another member of that team, practice squad lineman Louis Williams, former Carolina tight end Wesley Walls and former University of South Carolina and NFL defensive lineman Henry Taylor were the other players...
Donnalley ignored his family history of stroke, putting his life at risk. Mitchell complained of hair loss and shrunken testicles, common side effects of steroid use. Steussie was prescribed anti-estrogen drugs usually reserved for female breast cancer and infertility patients but also used by male steroid users to prevent breast growth.
Less than a week before the Panthers left Charlotte for the Super Bowl in Houston, Steussie and Williams were given prescriptions for a combined five NFL-banned substances, including two forms of testosterone.
The article documents in depth the player's use and side effects. Testosterone cream, Winstrol, HGH, prohormones, and anti-estrogens were prescribed over a long period of time. However, it is interesting that..
None of the Panthers players involved with Shortt ever tested positive for any banned substance while playing for Carolina, according to team officials. Shortt helped players avoid getting caught by generally prescribing them less detectable drugs than he gave body builders, who weren't tested...
Holliday told the court in Shortt's sentencing hearing last month that the Panthers players involved considered the NFL's testing system "almost a joke"
So the players took testosterone and Winstrol, both highly detectable, and none were caught? Interesting.
Here is a quote from the judge:
"This Court cannot ignore the controversy surrounding the use of steroids by professional athletes," Anderson said. "Performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone and steroids irreparably tarnish the career achievements of many athletes whose records and accomplishments are called into question...
"In that sense, the victims of the crimes such as the one at issue here include not only the athletes themselves, but also sports fans in living rooms all over the country.
Again, none of the players received any legal or NFL consequences.