Major league baseball players Scott Schoenewies and Troy Glaus recounted their roles in steroids and HGH use,prescribed by renegade physician Ramon Scruggs. Scruggs appears to be a significant source for illicit PEDs for a number of athletes. The information form the New York Times was found in federal documents preparing for a Scruggs prosecution.
A journeyman catcher, fearing he would not be able to support his wife and children if he lost his spot in the major leagues, reached out to the same doctor.
A pitcher who was feeling worn down followed the same path, but another pitcher who was plagued by fatigue found an alternative: he said a team doctor injected him with steroids.
Ok, now we have gotten over the human interest pity for the players, let's get to the heart of the story. The MLB players, despite knowing the drugs were illegal found a doctor who supplied them with illicit prescriptions. Forget the fact that there is no good research (especially at the time) of the regenerative porperties of the PEDs, it was simply illegal.
The account hints that Schoeneweis even used inside information on drug testing timelines because he was the player rep of the club, to avoid detection
Scruggs not only decides his own law, but his own interpretation of medical research:
Dude, increased strength makes you a better athlete. Basic.
Athletes and doctors may be involved, as well as agents. Wonder if the players thanked the agents for the great guidance.
Here is the way Scruggs worked:
There was a buzz about Scruggs’s name at the Texas Rangers’ spring training facility when Valdez, the pitcher, arrived after signing as a free agent before the 2002 season.
Valdez told the investigators he had pain in his shoulder and knee, and contacted Scruggs, who mailed him syringes filled with steroids.
Mail order medicine...