It is now reported (Sports Examiner and ESPN ) that 8 NFL players appear to be having doping problems after using the diuretic bumetanide (which can be used as a masking agent for steroids). The drug is used to treat kidney and cardiac disease, NOT AS A WEIGHT LOSS DRUG. Sorry attorneys that hokum don't go down 'round here. (our other post on the issue here)
Three members of the New Orleans Saints -- running back Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Will SmithCharles Grant -- are among a number of NFL players confirmed to have tested positive under the NFL's steroid policy, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen reports.
Mortensen confirmed through league and union sources on Saturday that the number of pending cases on the positive tests in violation of the steroids policy is eight.
Sources also have confirmed for Mortensen that four of the eight have tested positive for the diuretic Bumetanide, which belongs to a subset of medicines known as water pills that enable users to lose weight , but it is unclear who those four players are.
The attorney hired better bone up on pharmacology because bumetanide is not a weight loss drug....
... attorney David Cornwell to represent him in the process. In a statement to the Houston Chronicle on Friday, Cornwell said, "Bryan did everything humanly possible to comply with the NFL steroid policy, including obtaining doctors' written authorization to take weight-loss medication. He did not use steroids."
Cornwell told Mortensen he has been retained by "a number of players" to represent them in the NFL appeals process, but Cornwell wouldn't identify those players or the exact number he will represent.
"The recent reports about pending appeals by players who are alleged to have used weight loss supplements reflect the most egregious violation of the NFL steroid policy," Cornwell said in his statement. "The foundation of the policy is both a player's right to appeal and an absolute right to confidentiality. By leaking this story, the 'source' is clearly attempting to put their thumb on the scale of justice and harm these men."
There may be other PEDs involved beyond the diuretic as noted here:
According to Anderson's report, McAllister and Smith are part of a group that tested positive for a diuretic known as Bumetanide. Others tested positive for a different substance.
"Most of them tested positive for Bumetanide," said the league source, according to Fox 31-Denver. "The last few tested positive for another substance that works similarly."
Wonder what other PEDs are being looked at?