ESPN reveals NASCAR Craftsman truck series driver Ron Hornaday juiced up with testosterone for 2 years. Hornaday then gives the magazine multiple left turns in explaining his doping. (Read here an update on how NASCAR ignores doping)
Over a two-year period from December 2004 to January 2006, Ron Hornaday, the defending champion of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, received shipments of testosterone and human growth hormone from an anti-aging center that has been linked to drug-related scandals in the NFL and Major League Baseball.
Before going into the details of the story, recall the Internet pharmacies working out of states like Florida where the basic scheme was to push out popular illegal drugs to people without ever seeing a physician or obtaining a proper diagnosis or prescription. This scheme seems inherently stupid and fraught with error; it is astonishing that a logically thinking person would place trust in Internet prescriptions. The Hornadays compound their plight by giving unbelievable explanations that defy logic and defy medical propriety.
Hornaday acknowledged taking testosterone when shown records from the Palm Beach (Fla.) Rejuvenation Center during an interview at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday, but he denied using growth hormone that was sent to his home for his wife's use. Hornaday said he used the testosterone to treat a mysterious medical malady that later turned out to be a hyperactive thyroid. The drugs were shipped to Hornaday's address in Mooresville from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center.
"I'd lost 38 pounds [in the 2004 season] and no doctor could tell me what was wrong," Hornaday said, adding that a friend encouraged him to consult with the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center. A local nurse came to his house to take his blood, he said, and forwarded the results to the clinic. Hornaday provided records to ESPN showing that the drugs were prescribed by doctors at the clinic within a day of that visit.
The diagnosis of hyperthyroidism is not mysterious or hard to make. We suspect Hornaday didn't find a doctor to diagnoses his symptoms because he likely didn't consult one.
The next part of the story is where Hornaday either reveals his complete ignorance, or he lies through his juiced teeth:
During the interview, Hornaday retrieved a two-ounce tube from his house that was half-filled with a cream. The prescription label bore the name "testosterone," but was partially torn so that it did not show his name. The expiration date was listed as Sept. 29, 2007. "I never knew that was a steroid," he said, pointing to the cream.
And the deceptions flow like juice down the track:
Hornaday said he didn't see or speak with a doctor before receiving the prescription, and initially insisted that he only used it for a week and then stopped. Later, joined by his wife, Lindy, he changed the timeline and said he used it roughly every day for 13 months by rubbing a "pea-sized" dollop of it onto his thigh. "I couldn't see a difference," he said. "That's why I stopped." Added Lindy: "He never took it at the track. Only at home."
The Hornidays better get their story straight, it's unraveling already. The next line tells you everything about this pair:
"Ron was worried he might have had cancer," Lindy said.
So he took testosterone? That's great solution...think you have undiagnosed cancer..take a powerful anabolic steroid...maybe the tumor will grow bigger? It turns out that Hornaday apparently suffered form Graves Disease -- auto antibodies to thyroid. Roids are not going to treat that condition.
Read the rest of the story, because we can't take it anymore. The Debbie Clemens HGH wife use is a delicious subplot..look at her photo to see if the Mrs. was an HGH user...