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776 BC - 393 BC - Ancient Greeks Use Performance Enhancing Drugs
Depiction of athletes competing at the ancient Olympic Games. Source: www.britishcouncil.org (accessed June 30, 2009)
"The use of drugs to enhance performance in sports has certainly occurred since the time of the original Olympic Games [from 776 to 393 BC]. The origin of the word 'doping' is attributed to the Dutch word 'doop,' which is a viscous opium juice, the drug of choice of the ancient Greeks."
Larry D. Bowers, PhD "Athletic Drug Testing," Clinics in Sports Medicine, Apr. 1, 1998
"The ancient Olympic champions were professionals who competed for huge cash prizes as well as olive wreaths... Most forms of what we would call cheating were perfectly acceptable to them, save for game-fixing. There is evidence that they gorged themselves on meat -- not a normal dietary staple of the Greeks -- and experimented with herbal medications in an effort to enhance their performances...The ancient Greek athletes also drank wine potions, used hallucinogens and ate animal hearts or testicles in search of potency."
Sally Jenkins "Winning, Cheating Have Ancient Roots," Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2007
100 AD - Roman Gladiators Use Stimulants and Hallucinogens to Prevent Fatigue and Injury
Gladiator competitions and chariot races are popular in Ancient Roman culture, and the Coliseum is expanded to hold 60,000 spectators in 100 AD. Chariot racers feed their horses substances such as hydromel (an alcoholic beverage made from honey) to make them run faster and gladiators ingest hallucinogens and stimulants such as strychnine to stave off fatigue and injury and to improve the intensity of their fights.
Late 19th Century - French Cyclists and Lacrosse Players Drink Wine and Coca Leaves to Fight Fatigue and Hunger
"The modern applications [of drug use in sports] began in the late nineteenth century, with preparations made from the coca leaf -- the source of cocaine and related alkaloids. Vin Mariani, a widely used mixture of coca leaf extract and wine, was even called 'the wine for athletes.' It was used by French cyclists and... by a champion lacrosse team. Coca and cocaine were popular because they staved off the sense of fatigue and hunger brought on by prolonged exertion."
1904-1920 - Performance Enhancing Drugs Used in the Modern Olympic Games
"In 1904 Olympics marathon runner, Thomas Hicks, was using a mixture of brandy and strychnine [a stimulant that is fatal in high doses] and nearly died. Mixtures of strychnine, heroin, cocaine, and caffeine were used widely by athletes and each coach or team developed its own unique secret formulae. This was common practice until heroin and cocaine became available only by prescription in the 1920s."
1940-1945 - Nazis Test Steroids on Prisoners and Hitler
Adolf Hitler salutes the athletes at the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Source: www.guardian.co.uk (accessed June 22, 2009)
"According to anecdotal accounts, the Nazis test anabolic steroids on prisoners, Gestapos and Hitler himself [between 1940 and 1945]. Testosterone and its analogs are used by German soldiers to promote aggressiveness and physical strength. Retrospectively, according to his physician, Hitler's mental state toward the end of his life exhibits characteristics that some scientists associate with heavy steroid use: mania, acute paranoid psychoses, overly aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal ideologies."
Sports Illustrated "How We Got Here: A Timeline of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports," sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Mar. 11, 2008
1940-1945 - Soldiers Use Amphetamines During WWII
The American, British, German, and Japanese armed forces distribute amphetamines to their soldiers to counteract fatigue, elevate mood, and heighten endurance. The amphetamines are used as a substitute for cocaine because they can be taken orally in tablet form, and the effect lasts much longer.
1950s - Athletes Begin Taking Amphetamines Used by Soldiers in WWII
"The first 'effective' performance enhancing drugs, the amphetamines, which were used widely by soldiers in the Second World War, crossed over into sports in the early 1950s. These drugs -- nicknamed la bomba by Italian cyclists and atoom by Dutch cyclists -- minimize the uncomfortable sensations of fatigue during exercise."
Timothy Noakes, MD, DSc "Tainted Glory - Doping and Athletic Performance," New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 26, 2004
1958 - FDA Approves First Anabolic Steroid for Sale in US
The "Godfather of Steroids," Dr. John Bosley Zieglar, creates an anabolic steroid called Dianabol that is released by Ciba Pharmaceuticals with FDA approval. Dr. Zieglar noted the success of the Russian weightlifting team due to the use of testosterone in 1954 and began experimenting on US weightlifters. His creation synthesizes the strength-building properties of testosterone while minimizing the negative health effects.
Close to his death in 1983, Dr. Zieglar speaks out against his invention and says he wishes he had never created the anabolic steroid after seeing athletes abuse the drug.
Aug. 26, 1960 - First Athlete to Die in Olympic Competition Due to Doping
Danish cyclist, Knut Jensen, dies on Aug. 26, 1960 at the Summer Olympics in Rome during the 100km team time trial race. His collapse, which fractured his skull, is initially thought to be caused by the high temperatures that day. His autopsy, however, reveals traces of an amphetamine called Ronicol. Jensen is the second athlete ever to die during Olympic competition (the first was a marathon runner in 1912 who died from heat exhaustion).
July 13, 1967 - Cyclist on Amphetamines Is First Tour de France Doping Death
Tommy Simpson Source: www.bbc.co.uk (accessed June 22, 2009)
British cyclist Tommy Simpson, named Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC in 1965, dies during the 13th stage of the Tour de France on July 13, 1967. The cyclist, whose motto was allegedly "if it takes ten to kill you, take nine and win," consumes excess amounts of amphetamines and brandy to combat the effects of an illness and he continues to ride until his body shuts down.
Simpson's death creates pressure for sporting agencies to take action against doping.
Matt Slater "Gene Doping - Sport's Next Big Challenge," bbc.co.uk, June 12, 2008
1967 - International Olympic Commitee (IOC) Establishes Medical Commission to Fight Doping
Partly in reaction to Tommy Simpson's death, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) establishes the Medical Commission to fight against doping in sports. The Commission is given three guiding principles: protection of the health of athletes, respect for medical and sport ethics, and equality for all competing athletes.
"The IOC instituted its first compulsory doping controls at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France in 1968 and again at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City in the same year. At that time the list of banned substances issued in 1967 included narcotic analgesics and stimulants, which comprised sympathomimetic amines, psychomotor stimulants and miscellaneous central nervous system stimulants [including alcohol]. Although it was suspected that androgenic anabolic steroids were being used at this time, testing methods were insufficiently developed to warrant the inclusion of anabolic steroids in the list of banned substances."
[Editor's Note: Out of 86 drug tests performed at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, zero athletes tested positive. Out of 667 drug tests performed at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, one athlete (.15%) tested positive.
May 4, 1968 - First Horse Disqualified from Kentucky Derby for Banned Substance
Jockey Bob Ussery celebrates with Dancer's Image Source: foxnews.com (accessed June 22, 2009)
Dancer's Image became the only winner in the Kentucky Derby's 134-year history to be disqualified for using a banned substance when traces of phenylbutazone, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), were found in his urine sample after the race. Phenylbutazone was made legal at the Kentucky Derby by a judge's ruling in 1971.
Associated Press "Drug Scandal Robbed Dancer's Image of 1968 Kentucky Derby Title," FOXNews.com, May 3, 2008
Oct. 1968 - First Olympic Athlete Disqualified for Doping Violation
Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, a member of the Swedish modern pentathlon team, was stripped of his bronze medal at the Mexico City Olympics when he tested positive for excessive alcohol. Liljenwall said he had two beers to calm his nerves during the pistol shooting part of the pentathlon. He became the first athlete ever disqualified from the Olympic Games for doping, and the whole Swedish team was forced to return their medals as well. At the same Olympics, 14 other athletes tested positive for tranquilizers which were not banned at the time.
1972 - First Full-Scale Drug Testing of Olympic Athletes for Narcotics and Stimulants
"When [drug] testing took place at the Games of 1968 it was of a limited nature... The IOC itself was clear about the limits of its responsibility on doping control...
The first full-scale testing of Olympic athletes occurred at the 1972 Summer Olympic in Munich, Germany... [T]ests were limited to narcotic analgesics and to the three classes of stimulants; however, testing was much more comprehensive with 2079 samples being analyzed. Seven athletes were disqualified..."
1983 - Surprise Drug Testing at Pan Am Games Leads Many Athletes to Withdraw from Competition
"The modern age of drug testing essentially started at the 1983 Pan Am Games in Caracas, Venezuela. A team of scientists... developed a new method for steroid testing in anticipation of two large international sporting events that year, the Pan Games and world track and field championships...
The Pan Am drug testing caught a lot of athletes by surprise... a dozen American athletes in various events suddenly withdrew from the competition and returned to the U.S., and at least another dozen athletes from other countries also left without explanation.
Nineteen athletes in total failed drug tests at the 1983 Pan Ams."
Sep. 27, 1988 - Ben Johnson Stripped of Gold Medal after Positive Drug Test
Ben Johnson on the cover of the Oct. 3, 1988 issue of Sports Illustrated. Source: Sports Illustrated website (accessed June 17, 2009)
Ben Johnson, a Canadian sprinter, is stripped of his gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea after testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. Johnson claims that his herbal drink was spiked, but officials decline his explanation and suspend him from competition for two years. International Olympic Committee officials send the Canadian home from the competition in disgrace.
Johnson is later banned for life after a second positive test in 1993.
As part of his War on Drugs program, President Ronald Reagan signs the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988(115 KB) , outlawing the sale of steroids for non-medical purposes. The law adds penalties for crimes involving minors and the sale of drugs within one hundred feet of schools, to address concerns about high school students using steroids.
June 7, 1991 - Major League Baseball Bans Steroids
Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent sends a seven page memo to all of the major league teams on June 7, 1991 that states: "The possession, sale or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance by Major League players or personnel is strictly prohibited... This prohibition applies to all illegal drugs and controlled substances, including steroids." In the absence of any testing, enforcement, or publicity of the rule, many players and team management later claim to have been unaware of Vincent's policy (according to interviews conducted by ESPN writer Tom Farrey in 2002).
Vincent later says he sent the memo because of rumors about Jose Canseco and admits, "We could have done a lot more lecturing, lobbying, and educating. But I didn't know anything about steroids."
Tom Farrey "The Memos: A Ban Ignored," ESPN the Magazine, Nov. 2005
Dec. 2, 1991 - Former East German Swimming Coaches Admit to Two Decades of Doping
"The stunning domination of international swimming by East German women for nearly two decades was built upon an organized system of anabolic-steroid use, a group of 20 former East German coaches confirmed [on Dec. 2, 1991].
Their admission... is the latest evidence -- and some of the most convincing -- that senior sports administrators of the now-dissolved Communist state made performance-enhancing drugs a critical part of the training programs for the country's elite athletes...
[T]hese latest admissions confirmed for years what rival coaches and athletes had always suspected, even though no East German swimmer was ever caught or penalized for drug use. The International Olympic Committee and other major international sports federations do not punish athletes retroactively without an admission by the athlete. As a result the athletes involved are in no danger of losing their medals or records."
Michael Janofsky "Coaches Concede That Steroids Fueled East Germany's Success in Swimming," New York Times, Dec. 3, 1991
May 14, 1992 - Former NFL Player Dies of Brain Cancer after Using Steroids and HGH for Two Decades
Lyle Alzado on the cover of the July 8, 1991 Sports Illustrated. Source: Sports Illustrated website (accessed June 17, 2009)
"NFL defensive end Lyle Alzado dies of brain cancer on May 14. The 43-year-old two-time All-Pro believed his disease was the result of more than two decades of steroid and HGH use (which, at its peak, cost him as much as $30,000 a year). Scientific research has yet to demonstrate a link between steroids or HGH and brain cancer."
Sports Illustrated Sports Illustrated "How We Got Here: A Timeline of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports," sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Mar. 11, 2
Sep.-Oct. 1994 - Chinese Swimmers Fail Drug Tests Three Times More Than Any Other Nation
China wins 12 of 16 gold medals at the Sep. 1994 FINA World Championships in Rome, casting suspicion on that nation's swimmers, who suddenly began winning medals in the early 1990s. The Chinese women dominate in swimming at the Oct. 1994 Asian Games, but suspicions of doping are confirmed as eleven Chinese athletes test positive for steroids after the competition and are stripped of 22 medals. The suspension of many Chinese swimmers results in only one gold medal won by the national team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
More than 40 Chinese swimmers fail drug tests between 1990 and 2000, triple the amount of any other nation's swim team in that same time period.
Dec. 15, 1994 - First British Female to Test Positive for PEDs Receives Four Year Ban
Diane Modahl wins the Commonwealth Games 800 meter Bronze in 1988. Source: bbc.co.uk (accessed June 25, 2009)
Commonwealth Games champion runner, Diane Modahl, becomes the first British female athlete to test positive for performance enhancing drugs. She is banned from competition for four years in a ruling by the British Athletic Foundation (BAF) on Dec. 15, 1994. Modahl claims that the Lisbon laboratory stored her urine sample improperly.
One year later, she is cleared of the charges because of the possibility that the sample was not refrigerated. However, she is cleared to return to competition until Mar. 1996. The case gains international attention because of the ruling that her samples were handled incorrectly, and because Modahl launches an unsuccessful five-year campaign for a one million pound compensation from the BAF.
May 15, 1997 - Bud Selig Issues Memo Repeating the MLB Ban on Steroids
"On May 15, 1997, acting commissioner Bud Selig distributed a nearly identical version of the [1991 Fay Vincent] drug memo, again citing steroids and directing clubs to post the policy in clubhouses and distribute copies to players. Selig's memo also went largely ignored...
[In 2005,] ESPN spoke to five GMs [General Managers] from 1997, three of whom (from the Royals, Dodgers and Rockies) couldn't recall that a steroids policy even existed."
Tom Farrey "The Memos: A Ban Ignored," ESPN the Magazine, Nov. 2005
1998 - Irish Swimmer Suspended for Pouring Whiskey into Urine Sample to Mask Doping
Michelle Smith wins a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Source: www.cbc.ca (accessed June 18, 2009)
In 1998, drug testers show up at the home of Irish swimmer Michelle Smith and her husband Erik de Bruin, a former discus thrower serving a four year ban for a failed drug test. Smith won three gold and one bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, the last time any Irish athlete won an Olympic gold medal (as of 2009). The lab in Barcelona discovers that Smith's urine sample contains a lethal level of alcohol.
FINA, the international swimming federation, states that Smith's bulky sweater enabled her to hide her actions from the testers as she poured whiskey into the urine sample to mask the presence of performance enhancing drugs. She is suspended from the sport for four years but allowed to keep her Olympic medals.
1998 - Mark McGwire Admits to Using a Steroid Precursor
Mark McGwire Source: Sports Illustrated website (accessed June 17, 2009)
"A jar of androstenedione is discovered in the locker of St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire, who is neck and neck with Sammy Sosa in the great chase at Roger Maris' all-time record of 61 homers hit during the 1961 season. McGwire admits he uses the steroids precursor [substance that the body can convert into steroids] and goes on to hit a then record 70 homers. Using steroids, precursors or performance-enhancing drugs is not illegal at that point in Major League Baseball."
[Editor's Note:Although MLB Commissioners had issued memos in 1991 and 1997 that banned the use of steroids, the league did not institute random testing and penalties until the 2004 season.]
Feb. 1998 - Snowboarder Who Tests Positive for Marijuana Has Gold Medal Taken then Returned
Ross Rebagliati displays his Olympic gold medal. Source: www.cbc.ca (accessed June 17, 2009)
Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tests positive for marijuana after winning the gold medal in the giant slalom event at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The International Olympic Committee strips him of his medal, but he appeals and the medal is returned because the International Ski Federation (FIS) rules do not explicitly ban the use of marijuana in the giant slalom event. The IOC medical code penalizes the use of marijuana only if a sports federation enacts penalities for its use.
Rebagliati claims that the traces of marijuana found in his urine are from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Nov. 10, 1999 - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Is Established
"The World Conference on Doping in Sport held in Lausanne on 2-4 February 1999 produced the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport. This document provided for the creation of an independent international anti-doping agency to be fully operational for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000.
Pursuant to the terms of the Lausanne Declaration, the World Anti-Doping Agency was established on 10 November 1999 in Lausanne to promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally. WADA was set up as a foundation under the initiative of the IOC with the support and participation of intergovernmental organizations, governments, public authorities, and other public and private bodies fighting against doping in sport. The agency consists of equal representatives from the Olympic Movement and public authorities."
Oct. 1, 2000 - US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Begins Operations
"The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. USADA was created as the result of recommendations set forth by the United States Olympic Committee's Select Task Force on Externalization. USADA began operations Oct. 1, 2000, with full authority for testing, education, research and adjudication for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. It is USADA's responsibility to develop a comprehensive national anti-doping program for the Olympic Movement in the United States."
2002 - Anti-Doping Pioneer Identifies First Designer Steroid
Molecular structure of norbolethone. Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information (accessed June 18, 2009)
Dr. Don Catlin, a pioneer of drug testing in sports, identifies norbolethone, the first reported designer anabolic steroid, in an athlete's urine sample for the first time. The discovery is a breakthrough in drug testing because designer steroids have rarely been detected until this point, allowing some dopers to pass drug tests without being caught.
Anti-Doping Research "Key Anti-Doping and Doping Developments in Sport," www.antidopingresearch.org (accessed May 6, 2009)
May 28, 2002 - Former Baseball Player Says 50% of MLB Players Use Steroids
Ken Caminiti in 1996, the season he was named MVP. Source: New York Times (accessed June 18, 2009)
Ken Caminiti tells Sports Illustrated in a May 28, 2002 article titled "Caminiti Comes Clean" that he used steroids during his 1996 National League MVP (most valuable player) season with the San Diego Padres. He estimates that half the players in the big leagues were also using steroids and admits that he also used cocaine. His statements increase pressure on MLB to include steroid testing in the labor agreement being negotiated in summer 2002.
Caminiti later dies of a heart attack at age 41 on Oct. 10, 2004. The New York Medical Examiner rules that drugs are a factor in his death.
Associated Press "Drugs Ruled as Cause of Death for Caminiti," nbcsports.msnbc.com, Nov. 2, 2004
Aug. 30, 2002 - Steroid Testing Included in MLB Labor Agreement
"MLB and the [Player's] union unveil Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as an addendum to the new Basic Agreement, which is bargained at the 11th hour just as the players are about to go out on strike. The new policy calls for 'Survey Testing' in 2003 to gauge the use of steroids among players on the 40-man rosters of each club. The tests will be anonymous and no one will be punished."
Apr. 21, 2003 - Wade Exum Report Alleges Cover-Up of Doping by Over 100 American Athletes
Sports Illustrated reports in its Apr. 21, 2003 issue that former US Olympic Committee (USOC) anti-doping chief Wade Exum provided 30,000 pages of documents naming more than 100 US athletes from various sports who tested positive for banned substances between 1988 and 2000 but were cleared by internal appeals processes.
His allegations about cover-ups by the USOC include 19 athletes who won medals at Olympic Games, such as track and field champion Carl Lewis, tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez, and wrestler Dave Schultz. The USOC denies Exum's claims and notes that the US Anti-Doping Agency has been in charge of drug testing since 2000.
Sep. 3, 2003 - BALCO Is Raided by Federal Investigators
"Federal investigators raid a Burlingame, Calif., laboratory suspected of distributing steroids to professional athletes. Investigators seize financial and medical records from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO. Those documents allegedly include a calendar of San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds' drug regimen and records of Bonds' payments for drugs. Government investigators cite this evidence four years later, when Bonds is indicted."
Nov. 7, 2003 - British Sprinter Dwain Chambers Banned from Olympics for Life for Positive THG Test
Dwain Chambers on Aug. 8, 2003. Source: www.dailymail.co.uk (accessed June 22, 2009)
British sprinter Dwain Chambers becomes the first person to test positive for the steroid THG in an out-of-competition drug test conducted on Aug. 1, 2003. On Nov. 7, 2003, he is suspended from all competition for two years and banned from the Olympics for life.
Chambers and his 2002 World Championships 4x100m relay teammates must return the silver medals they won because Chambers had been taking THG around the time of the relay race. His 100 meter record of 9.87 is annulled and he has to return his prize money from 2003.
USA TODAY "Chambers Banned for Life from Olympics for Positive THG Test," USA Today, Feb. 24, 2004
Nov. 13, 2003 - High Number of Positive Tests Leads MLB to Institute Penalties for Doping
"The league announces that of 1,438 anonymous tests in the 2003 season, between five and seven per cent were positive, triggering the start of random testing with penalties in 2004. A first offence will lead to counseling and a second offence to a 15-day suspension."
Dec. 2003 - 10 Baseball Players, including Barry Bonds, Called to Testify about BALCO
"Ten Major League players, including Barry Bonds of the Giants, and Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield of the Yankees, are called to testify in front of a San Francisco grand jury investigating the machinations of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), owned and operated by Victor Conte. None of the players are charged with using performance-enhancing drugs, although four men, including Conte and Greg Anderson, Bonds' personal trainer and childhood friend, are indicted for tax evasion and selling steroids without prescriptions."
Oct. 22, 2004 - President Bush Signs the Anabolic Steroid Control Act
"President Bush signs into law the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 that the U.S. Congress passed earlier in the month. The bill added hundreds of steroid-based drugs and precursors such as androstenedione to the list of anabolic steroids that are classified as Schedule III controlled substances, which are banned from over-the-counter sales without a prescription. By virtue of MLB's own agreement with the union, all of the drugs banned by Congress are now on baseball's own banned list."
FOX News "Timeline: Steroids in Baseball," Dec. 13, 2007
2004 - WADA Takes over Control of the Prohibited List
"The IOC transfers the management of the Prohibited List (147 KB) to WADA."
Anti-Doping Research "Key Anti-Doping and Doping Developments in Sport," www.antidopingresearch.org (accessed May 6, 2009)
2004 - WADA Removes Caffeine from the List of Banned Substances
Prior to 2004, athletes who tested positive for a level of caffeine greater than 12 micrograms per milliliter (about 8 cups of coffee) were banned from competition.
WADA removes caffeine from the list of banned substances in 2004 because of research showing that caffeine exceeding the amount allowed might actually decrease performance, and to avoid undue punishment for athletes whose bodies metabolize caffeine at different rates.
Anna Salleh, PhD "Athletes' Caffeine Use Reignites Scientific Debate," ABC Science Online, Aug. 2, 2008
Jan. 13, 2005 - Penalties for Positive Drug Tests Implemented by Major League Baseball
"During a quarterly owners' meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., the owners vote unanimously to accept recently concluded negotiations between MLB and the union strengthening the drug program. The new punitive measures for Major Leaguers are a 10-day suspension for the first positive test, 30 days for the second, 60 days for the third, and one year for the fourth. All without pay. On the first positive, the player's name is released to the public. The program is separated from the Basic Agreement, which expires on Dec. 19, 2006, and is extended until 2008."
Jan. 19, 2006 - First NHL Player to Test Positive for Banned Substance Suspended from International Competition But Not from NHL
Bryan Berard scored 12 goals in 2005, a single-season record for his position, defenseman, on the Blue Jackets team. Source: www.cbc.ca (accessed June 18, 2009)
Bryan Berard, professional hockey player for the Columbus, Ohio Blue Jackets, is the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to test positive for banned substances in a Nov. 2008 drug test as part of the testing to be considered for the US Olympic hockey team.
On Jan. 19, 2008, the USADA announces that Berard is banned from international competition for two years after testing positive for 19-norandrosterone, an anabolic agent, but since the test was not administered by the NHL, he is not banned from playing in the league.
WADA president Dick Pound criticizes the decision of the NHL not to penalize Berard and states that the NHL anti-doping policy is "very seriously flawed."
Feb. 9, 2006 - US Skeleton Racer Banned for Use of Hair Growth Medicine on the Eve of the Winter Olympics
Zach Lund racing on a skeleton sled. Source: msnbc.com (accessed June 19, 2009)
US Olympic skeleton racer Zach Lund is banned from athletic competition for one year on Feb. 9, 2006, the night before the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. On Nov. 10, 2005 Lund tested positive for Finasteride, a substance in his hair growth stimulant. Finasteride was not on the list of banned substances until Jan. 1, 2005, and was removed from the list on Jan. 1, 2009. The one year ban is a reduction from the two years recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency because the Court of Arbitration determined that "Mr. Lund bears no significant fault or negligence."
July 23, 2006 - Sep. 20, 2007 - Floyd Landis Wins the Tour de France But Loses Title When He Tests Positive for Elevated Testosterone Levels
Floyd Landis celebrates his 2006 Tour de France victory. Source: Washington Post website (accessed June 22, 2009)
July 23, 2006: Floyd Landis wins the Tour de France when he mounts a comeback late in the race, after having trailed the leader by more than eight minutes.
July 27, 2006: Landis' team, Phonak, announces that his A sample has tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. Landis denies any wrongdoing.
Aug. 5, 2006: Landis' B sample also tests positive, and he is fired by Phonak. Landis mounts a legal defense that will eventually cost him more than $2 million.
Sep. 20, 2007: An arbitration panel votes 2-1 against Landis, resulting in a two-year suspension. Landis is officially stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title, the first winner in the 103-year history of the race to lose the title for a doping offense.
"The National Football League and NFL Players Association have reached agreement on a series of improvements to their policy and program on anabolic steroids and related substances, it was announced today.
The modifications include a 40 percent increase in the number of players randomly tested each week during the preseason, regular season and post-season from seven to 10 per team. Last year, the number of random off-season tests was increased from a maximum of two per player to six per player. These changes bring the total number of steroid tests conducted annually by the NFL to 12,000.
Other changes in the program [include]... the addition of erythropoietin (EPO) to the banned substance list. Testing for EPO will begin with the 2007 annual test that is administered in the spring or summer."
A $500,000 grant is promised to the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory to research new testing methods for Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
Gary Gaffney, MD "NFL Announces New Anti-Doping Policy," Steroid Nation blog, Jan. 24, 2007
June 25, 2007 - WWE Wrestler Commits Murder/Suicide after Injecting Steroids
Chris Benoit in a Mar. 29, 2004 photo. Source: New York Daily News website (accessed June 22, 2009)
Professional wrestler Chris Benoit kills his wife and seven-year-old son before committing suicide in their home in Fayetteville, Georgia on June 25, 2007. Benoit has ten times the normal level of testosterone, an anabolic steroid, in his body at the time, as well as amounts of Xanax and Hydrocodone.
Georgia's chief medical examiner, Dr. Kris Sperry, states that while Benoit appears to have injected steroids shortly before hanging himself, the role of steroids in the murder-suicide is unclear.
Associated Press "Steroid, Other Drugs Found in Bodies of Wrestler, Wife, Son," ESPN.com, July 17, 2007
Aug. 7, 2007 - Barry Bonds Hits Record 756th Home Run Amid Speculation of Steroid Use
Barry Bonds hits his 756th home run at the age of 43 on Aug. 7, 2007, passing Hank Aaron's major-league career record. Referencing talk of his suspected steroid use, Bonds tells reporters, "This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period. You guys can say whatever you want."
Bonds passed drug tests administered by MLB, but his connection to BALCO and evidence that arose in the 2003 BALCO investigation, lead to speculation that Bonds had taken steroids.
Barry Bonds hits the 756th home run of his career in the 5th inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, becoming the all-time home run leader. Source: www.cbsnews.com (accessed June 22, 2009)
Sep. 24, 2007 - DEA Announces Largest Steroid Bust in US History
"DEA and federal law enforcement officials... announced the culmination of Operation Raw Deal, an international case targeting the global underground trade of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin growth factor (IGF).
143 federal search warrants were executed on targets nationwide, resulting in 124 arrests and the seizure of 56 steroid labs across the United States. In total, 11.4 million steroid dosage units were seized, as well as 242 kilograms of raw steroid powder of Chinese origin. As part of Operation Raw Deal, $6.5 million was also seized..."
Oct. 5, 2007 - Track Star Marion Jones Admits to Steroid Use During 2000 Olympics
Marion Jones wins a gold medal in the 100 meter race at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Source: www.sfgate.com (accessed June 22, 2009)
Marion Jones retires from track and field on Oct. 5, 2007 after apologizing to friends and family in a letter admitting her steroid use prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She admits to using the BALCO designer steroid known as "The Clear."
ESPN.com "Report: Jones Used Steroids for Two Years before 2000 Games," ESPN.com, Oct. 5, 2007
[Editor's Note: On Dec. 12, 2007, the IOC strips her of the three gold and two bronze medals that she won in 2000. It also wipes her from the Olympic record books. On Jan. 11, 2008 she is sentenced to six months in prison for lying to the court and deceiving federal investigators.]
Nov. 1, 2007 - German Athletes and Their Children Suffer Health Problems 40 Years after Doping
A study of 52 German athletes who were given anabolic steroids during the 1970's and 1980's without their knowledge or consent reveals serious health consequences for those athletes and their children. The research was conducted by Dr. Giselher Spitzer from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
A quarter of the athletes have some form of cancer and one-third report thoughts or attempts of suicide.
The risk of miscarriage and stillbirth for these athletes is 32 times higher than the normal German population. Of the 69 children that survived, seven have physical deformities and four are mentally handicapped. More than a quarter of the children have allergies and 23 percent have asthma.
Jacquelin Magnay "Children of Doping Athletes Deformed," Sydney Morning Herald, Nov. 1, 2007
Nov. 1, 2007 - Tennis Player Martina Hingis Retires from Tennis after Testing Positive for Cocaine
Martina Hingis celebrates a 2nd round win at Wimbledon 2007, the round before her positive drug test. Source: zimbio.com (accessed June 26, 2009)
Martina Hingis, former world number one and five-time Grand Slam champion, announces her retirement from tennis on Nov. 1, 2007 after learning that both the A and B samples of a urine test conducted on June 29, 2007 at Wimbledon are positive for the presence of cocaine. She is banned from competition for two years. The trace amount of cocaine metabolite in her urine is so low that she would have passed a drug test administered by the US military.
Hingis claims she has never used cocaine and independently submits to a hair test that is negative for drugs. Hingis, age 27, argues that the urine samples were handled improperly but states that she has no desire to fight the doping officials or to contest the two-year ban.
Nov. 15, 2007 - Barry Bonds Indicted by Grand Jury for Lying about Steroid Use
"A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicts Bonds on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. He is accused of lying when he said he didn't knowingly take steroids given to him by [his former trainer Greg] Anderson. He's also is accused of lying that Anderson never injected him with steroids. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Dec. 7. Anderson, who had been imprisoned for refusing to testify against Bonds, was ordered released."
[Editor's Note: The original indictment(5 MB) was released on Nov. 15, 2007, but a federal judge ordered prosecutors to rewrite the indictment on Feb. 29, 2008, delaying the start of the trial. A guilty verdict is eventually reached on Mar. 21, 2011]
Dec. 13, 2007 - Former Senator George Mitchell Reports Widespread Use of Steroids in Baseball
Former US Senator George J. Mitchell presents the result of his 20-month investigation in a report titled "Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances By Players in Major League Baseball," to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on Dec. 13, 2007. The 311-page (not including appendices) report alleges a widespread use of illegal anabolic steroids by professional baseball players for more than a decade, and names 89 players as doping offenders, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi, and Miguel Tejada.
Mitchell is hired by MLB to lead the investigation alleged steroid use by players. The resulting document, known as "The Mitchell Report," outlines recommendations to improve testing for performance enhancing drugs in the MLB. Congress immediately responds to the report by calling Mitchell, Selig, and Donald Fehr, head of the players' union, to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
Jan. 11, 2008 - Track Star Marion Jones Sentenced to Six Months in Prison
Marion Jones gives a statement after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators. Source: www.dailymail.co.uk (accessed June 22, 2009)
Olympic gold medalist and track and field champion Marion Jones is sentenced to six months in prison on Jan. 11, 2008 for lying to a court and deceiving federal investigators. The prison sentence comes after Jones was already stripped of her Olympic medals by the International Olympic Committee.
Gary Gaffney, MD "Sentenced to Jail: Marion Jones Will Not Be Coming Out of the (Cell) Blocks for 6 Months," Steroid Nation blog, Jan. 11, 2008
Jan. 26, 2008 - All Russian Rowing Officials Banned from Competition for One Year
The International Rowing Federation, FISA, bans all officials of the Russian Rowing Federation from participating in any FISA activities for one year in the wake of nine doping offenses by the Russian rowing team within 12 months. The athletes involved receive two-year bans from competition.
Feb. 12, 2008 - World Series Winning Pitcher Roger Clemens Denies Allegations That He Took HGH and Testosterone
Roger Clemens testifying before Congress. Source: Sports Illustrated website(accessed June 17, 2009)
"[Two-time World Series-winning Major League Baseball pitcher Roger] Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. McNamee says he injected HGH and testosterone into Clemens on numerous occasions and Clemens denies it. The Justice Department begins an investigation into whether the seven-time Cy Young Award winner lied under oath."
Sports Illustrated "How We Got Here: A Timeline of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports," sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Mar. 11, 2008
Apr. 10, 2008 - IOC Rules Teammates of Marion Jones Must Return Olympic Medals
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules on Apr. 10, 2008 that since Marion Jones admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, her eight teammates must also return the medals they won with Jones in the relay races. Seven of the women file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Amy Shipley "Jones's Running Mates Told to Return Medals," Washington Post, Apr. 11, 2008
[Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to ProCon.org in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal."]
July 31, 2008 - Seven Russians Caught Doping Prior to Beijing Olympics
"A sting operation conducted over the past 16 months result[s]... in the doping suspension of seven female Russian track and field athletes, five of them Olympians, bringing international embarrassment and dealing a potentially severe blow to the country's medal chances in middle-distance running and field events at the Beijing Games.
The women were suspended by track's world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, which investigated suspicious Russian tests for more than a year and accused the seven athletes of illicitly substituting someone else's urine for their own in an attempt to subvert antidoping controls."
Jeré Longman "Russian Athletes Are Suspended for Doping," New York Times, Aug. 1, 2008
Sep. 5, 2008 - Steroids Banned at the Kentucky Derby
"[Kentucky] Governor Steve Beshear today signed emergency regulations banning anabolic steroids from thoroughbred and standardbred racing in Kentucky. The changes in state law took effect immediately as emergency regulations...
Under the new law, anabolic steroids may not be present in a horse that is racing. The new rules set forth acceptable levels of the naturally occurring steroids Boldenone, Nandrolone and Testosterone. A horse may be given one of those steroids only under certain therapeutic conditions, and a horse may not race for at least 60 days afterwards."
Oct. 16, 2008 - First Doping Suspensions in History of Major League Soccer
Former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway. Source: Zimbio.com (accessed July 17, 2013)
"Major League Soccer has handed out its first suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs, nine years after the league began testing. New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway and defender Jeff Parke each received a 10-game ban on Thursday after testing positive for androstatriendione and boldenone metabolites.
The drugs got into the players' systems after they purchased and used an over-the-counter nutritional supplement from a vitamin store that is part of a national chain, the league said. Conway and Parke were each fined 10 per cent of their salary - Conway makes $115,000 US this season, while Parke has a base salary of $57,488."
Dec. 2, 2008 - Six NFL Players Suspended for Taking Steroid Masking Agent
Eight National Football League (NFL) players are investigated for violating league drug policy by taking a diuretic called bumetanide. The players, including the New Orleans Saints' Deuce McAllister, claim the drug was in a pill they took to lose weight. Bumetanide is banned because it is considered to be a masking agent for steroids. The NFL's drug policy states that a player can be suspended for four games the first time he tests positive for banned substances.
On Dec. 2, 2008, the NFL suspends six players for four games each, but the players continue to protest the suspension and assert their innocence.
Associated Press "NFL Suspends Six Players for Four Games Each," www.nfl.com, Dec. 2, 2008
"NASCAR will test drivers for performance-enhancing drugs... under a tougher policy that also bans using illegal drugs and abusing prescription medications... A NASCAR memo sent to teams lists specific banned substances for which crew members must be screened. No similar guidelines were issued for drivers, as NASCAR reserves the right to test competitors for anything. Under the old policy, NASCAR had the right to randomly test based on suspicion of abuse.
Under the tougher guidelines... everyone will be tested before the season begins, and random testing will continue throughout the year. NASCAR expects to randomly test 12 to 14 individuals per series each weekend in 2009. The memo, dated Dec. 8, is the first time the new policy has been laid out in writing and specifies who falls under the guidelines."
Jan. 31, 2009 - US Swimmer Michael Phelps Caught Smoking Marijuana and Suspended for Three Months
Michael Phelps holding a bong. Source: News of the World website (accessed June 17, 2009)
A British tabloid publishes a photo of Michael Phelps, age 23, smoking marijuana at a party in South Carolina. Phelps, an American swimmer with 14 Olympic gold medals, is suspended from competition for 3 months by USA Swimming.
Amy Shipley "Michael Phelps Happy with Decision to Keep Swimming," Washington Post, May 8, 2009
Feb. 7, 2009 - NY Yankees' Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Tested Positive for Steroids in 2003
Alex Rodriguez on the cover of the Feb. 16, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated. Source: Sports Illustrated website (accessed June 17, 2009)
On Feb. 7, 2009, Sports Illustrated breaks the story that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in the 2003 drug testing conducted by Major League Baseball to determine if drug testing and penalties should be implemented in the sport. The results of the tests were supposed to be anonymous and players who tested positive were not to be penalized, but the federal government obtained the results during the BALCO investigation. 104 players tested positive but only Rodriguez's name is leaked.
On Feb. 9, 2009, Rodriguez admits in an interview with ESPN that he took "banned substances" during the 2001-2003 seasons. Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid.
David Epstein "Rodriguez Admits to Using Steroids," Sports Illustrated, Feb. 9, 2009
Mar. 24, 2009 - Soccer Federations Reject WADA's Stricter Drug Testing Policies
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) release a statement on Mar. 24, 2009 announcing that they formally reject WADA's new "whereabouts" rule requiring athletes to tell WADA where they will be for one hour every day.
They also state that they do not accept out-of-competition drug testing for players on vacation because it is an invasion of privacy.
WADA responds by criticizing FIFA and UEFA for their stance, and threatens that soccer may be removed from the Olympic games if the organizations do not comply with drug testing rules.
Mar. 28, 2009 - Aug. 6, 2009 - French Tennis Player Blames Positive Cocaine Test on a Girl He Kissed at a Night Club
Richard Gasquet at the Rome Masters 1000 tournament on Apr. 29, 2009, the last tournament before his May 11 suspension. Source: CBC Sports (accessed Aug. 11, 2009)
On Mar. 28, 2009, French tennis player Richard Gasquet submits a urine sample after withdrawing with an injury from a tournament in Miami, Florida. When both his A and B samples test positive for cocaine on May 11, 2009, Gasquet is charged with a doping offense and banned from competition.
An independent Anti-Doping Tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) holds a hearing on June 29-30, 2009, during which Gasquet asserts his innocence by claiming that the cocaine entered his system when he kissed a girl who had ingested it at a night club.
The tribunal's ruling(1.6 MB) states that since the amount of cocaine found in Gasquet's system was "about the size of a grain of salt," he is cleared to return to competition. On Aug. 6, 2009, the ITF announces that it is appealing the tribunal's decision to the Court of Aritration for Sport.
Associated Press "ITF Appeals Gasquet Reinstatement in Coke Case," Fox Sports website, Aug. 10, 2009
Apr. 17, 2009 - US Cyclist Tyler Hamilton Announces His Retirement After Testing Positive for Steroid DHEA
Tyler Hamilton at the 2000 Athens Olympics. Source: www.bbc.co.uk (accessed June 22, 2009)
American cyclist Tyler Hamilton, age 38, announces his retirement from professional cycling on Apr. 17, 2009 after testing positive for a steroid called DHEA. Hamilton admitted he was aware that DHEA was in an herbal medicine he took to combat depression. On June 16, 2009, he receives an eight-year ban that the CEO of USADA, Travis Tygart, classifies as "an assurance that he is penalized for what would have been the remainder of his competitive cycling career."
Hamilton was accused of using blood transfusions, human growth hormones, testosterone, EPO, and insulin after failing drug tests earlier in his career. During the 2000 Athens Olympics, where Hamilton won a gold medal, his A sample showed signs of blood doping. The B sample was mistakenly frozen so that it could not be tested, so Hamilton was allowed to keep his gold medal. He tested positive again one month after the Olympics and was banned for two years.
ESPN.com "Hamilton Receives Eight-Year Ban," ESPN.com, June 16, 2009
May 2, 2009 - Winner of the Kentucky Derby Is Tested for Steroids for the First Time
Mine That Bird. www.kentuckyderby.com (accessed June 17, 2009)
The 2009 winner of the Kentucky Derby, Mine That Bird, is tested for steroids for the first time in the history of the race. The 2008 winner, Big Brown, was known to be on the steroid stanozolol during the race only because his trainer admitted to injecting the horse with steroids, which was legal at the time.
May 4, 2009 - US Swimmer's Two-Year Doping Suspension Cut to One Year Due to Circumstances
Jessica Hardy celebrates during the US Swimming Olympic Trials on July 5, 2008. Source: Universal Sports (accessed June 22, 2009)
A doping arbitration panel accepts US swimmer Jessica Hardy's claim that she accidentally ingested the banned substance that caused her to fail a drug test and get dropped from the 2008 US Olympic team one month before the Beijing Olympics. The banned substance, anabolic agent clenbuterol, was in a nutritional supplement made by one of her sponsors, AdvoCare. The panel reduces her suspension from two years to one year.
Hardy may still be unable to compete in the 2012 Olympics because Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter (80 KB) states that any person who has been sanctioned with a suspension of more than six months for a doping violation may not participate in the next Olympic Games following the end of the suspension.
Ron Judd "Swimmer Hardy's Doping Wrist Slap Raises Big Questions," Seattle Times, May 5, 2009
May 7, 2009 - LA Dodger Manny Ramirez Suspended for 50 Games
Manny Ramirez. Source: www.latimes.com (accessed June 17, 2009)
Major League Baseball announces a 50 game suspension for LA Dodger Manny Ramirez on May 7, 2009 after he fails a drug test. The suspension is estimated to cost Ramirez $7.7 million in lost salary.
Ramirez releases a statement claiming that his doctor "gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy."
Dylan Hernandez "Dodgers' Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games after Failing Drug Test," Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2009
May 17, 2009 - Bodybuilders Flee Testers
The 2009 National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA) Belgium Nationals Bodybuilding Championships are canceled because the 20 competitors flee the site when three anti-doping officials show up unannounced to do surprise steroid testing.
Millard Baker "2009 NABBA Belgium Nationals Cancelled after Steroid Testers Surprise Competitors," Mesomorphosis.com, May 18, 2009
July 30, 2009 - Two Players from the Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series Teams Tested Positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in 2003
David Ortiz (right) and Manny Ramirez were Red Sox teammates from 2003-2008. Source: New York Times (accessed Aug. 11, 2009)
On July 30, 2009, the New York Times breaks the story that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were on the list of 104 MLB baseball players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Ramirez and Ortiz helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007, breaking an 86-year losing streak for the team.
Five other players have been tied to positive tests from the 2003 anonymous testing period: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Jason Grimsley and David Segui. The test results were supposed to be anonymous but were seized by federal investigators. Ortiz and Ramirez were named by lawyers involved in litigation filed by the MLB Players Association, which wants the government to return the list of players who tested positive.
Michael S. Schmidt "Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on '03 Doping List," New York Times, July 30, 2009
Aug. 6, 2009 - NBA Player Rashard Lewis Receives 10 Game Suspension for Banned Substance
Rashard Lewis, two-time NBA All Star. Source: Sports Illustrated website (accessed Aug. 11, 2009)
"Orland Magic forward Rashard Lewis will sit [out] 10 games in 2009-10 season due to testing positive for a banned substance. It is believed the substance was 'testosterone' possibly due to DHEA in a nutritional supplement.
DHEA -- a testosterone precursor -- usually doesn't raise testosterone level enough to matter, however the drug can throw a positive into a urine test.
The NBA has been remarkably free of steroids and PEDs, either because the drugs have not permeated the NBA culture, or because the steroid testing is weak. This may be only the 4th or 5th steroids-related NBA suspension in history."
Gary Gaffney, MD "Rare NBA Steroid-Related Suspension: Orlando Magic player Rashard Lewis Reportedly out 10 games for Drug Policy Violation (Test
Jan. 7, 2010 - Boxers Walk Away from $25 Million Each in Disagreement over Drug Testing Procedures
A boxing match between two of the world's top boxers, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Manny Pacquiao, is canceled when they cannot agree on drug testing procedures leading up to the welterweight title fight.
In Dec. 2009, Mayweather accused Pacquiao of using performance enhancing drugs. Mayweather wanted both boxers to submit to random blood and urine tests in accordance with the protocol of the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The testing would have been beyond the requirements of the Nevada Athletic Commission, the agency responsible for drug testing for boxing matches in Nevada.
Pacquiao, who has never failed a drug test, agreed to give unlimited urine samples but believed that two blood samples would be sufficient to establish the lack of banned substances in his system.
The fight had the potential to be the highest-grossing boxing match in history, with each boxer estimated to earn $25 million for his participation.
Jan. 11, 2010 - Mark McGwire Admits to Using Steroids During His Baseball Career
Mark McGwire talks about his admission of past steroid use during an interview with MLB Network. Source: CBC Sports (accessed Jan. 12, 2010)
"Mark McGwire admitted on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade, including during the 1998 season when he broke the then single-season home run record..
McGwire hit a then-record 70 homers in 1998 during a compelling race with Sammy Sosa, who finished with 66.
But McGwire consistently asserted that he would have hit home runs without PEDs."
ESPN.com "McGwire Apologizes to La Russa, Selig," ESPN.com, Jan. 11, 2010
May 19, 2010 - Floyd Landis Admits to Doping for Most of His Career
Floyd Landis admits to using performance enhancing drugs for most of his career in an interview with ESPN on May 19, 2010. Landis says he used EPO, HGH, testosterone, and blood transfusions, and confirms that he sent emails with his admissions to cycling and anti-doping officials. His emails also accused other riders, including Lance Armstrong, of using performance enhancing drugs.
ESPN quoted Landis as saying, "I don't feel guilty at all about having doped. I did what I did because that's what we [cyclists] did and it was a choice I had to make after 10 years or 12 years of hard work to get there... My choices were, do it and see if I can win, or don't do it and I tell people I just don't want to do that, and I decided to do it."
Despite his admissions that he used testosterone at other times in his career, Landis maintains that he was not using it when he won the Tour de France in 2006, and he cannot explain his positive drug test after the race. He divulges that he was using HGH at that time, however.
Bonnie D. Ford "Landis Admits Doping, Accuses Lance," ESPN.com, May 20, 2010
Aug. 19, 2010 - Roger Clemens Indicted on Charges of Lying to Congress about Using Performance Enhancing Drugs
"Roger Clemens, the larger-than-life pitcher who appeared destined for the Baseball Hall of Fame, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington on Thursday [Aug. 19, 2010] on charges that he lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
The 19-page indictment charged Clemens, 48, with three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress during his testimony in a nationally televised hearing in February 2008 before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
If convicted, Clemens could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine, but under current sentencing guidelines, a conviction would most likely bring a 15- to 21-month sentence. He would probably receive less prison time if he accepted a plea agreement."
Michael S. Schmidt "Clemens Lied about Doping, Indictment Charges," New York Times, Aug. 19, 2010
Mar. 21, 2011 - Barry Bonds Found Guilty on One Count of Obstruction of Justice in Steroids and HGH Case
Barry Bonds leaving court on Apr. 8, 2011. Source: Associated Press (accessed Apr. 11, 2011)
"A federal jury convicted Barry Bonds of a single charge of obstruction of justice Wednesday [Apr. 13, 2011] but failed to reach a verdict on the three counts at the heart of allegations that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it.
Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days of deliberation, the jury of eight women and four men could reach a unanimous verdict only on one of the four counts against Bonds. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on the others, a messy end to a case that put the slugger -- and baseball itself -- under a cloud of suspicion for more than three years...
The case also represented the culmination of the federal investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids ring. Federal prosecutors and the Justice Department will have to decide whether to retry Bonds on the unresolved counts...
Each count Bonds was tried on carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. However, federal guidelines suggest a total sentence of 15 to 21 months."
Apr. 8, 2011 - Manny Ramirez Retires after Failing Another Drug Test
Manny Ramirez retires from baseball after testing positive for an unnamed banned substance, an infraction that would have carried a 100-game suspension. At the time of his retirement Ramirez was playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. In May 2009 Ramirez, then playing for the LA Dodgers, received a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.
Dylan Hernandez "Tampa Bay's Manny Ramirez Retires After Testing Positive for Banned Substance," Los Angeles Times Apr. 8, 2011
July 16, 2011 - North Korean Soccer Players Reportedly Struck by Lightning, Treated with Deer Musk, and Tested Positive for Steroids
Song Jong Sun, one of the North Korean players suspended for testing positive for steroids. Source: ESPN.com (accessed July 18, 2011)
"Five North Korean soccer players tested positive for steroids at the Women's World Cup. Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, said [on July 16, 2011] that after two players had been caught during the tournament this month, FIFA tested the rest of the North Korean squad and found three more positive results. A North Korean delegation told FIFA that the steroids had accidentally been taken with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk deer glands to treat players who were struck by lightning on June 8 during training."
Aug. 4, 2011 - NFL to Become First Major American Sports League to Conduct Blood Tests
NFL players ratified a new, 10-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday [Aug. 4, 2011], hours after it was finalized, and the contract allows the NFL to become the first major U.S. professional sports league to use blood testing for human growth hormone...
Players eventually would be subject to random testing for HGH, in addition to annual checks -- as is the case for all banned substances in the league's drug-testing program -- only after the union is confident in the way the testing and appeals process will work.
ESPN.com "NFL players ratify new CBA," ESPN.com, Aug. 5, 2011
Aug. 18, 2011 - First Professional Athlete in the US to Test Positive for HGH Is Suspended for 50 Games
Minor League first baseman Mike Jacobs posed in his Colorado Rockies uniform on Feb. 23, 2011 Source: Getty Images (accessed Aug. 18, 2011)
"Mike Jacobs, a first baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization who has played over 500 games in the major leagues, including dozens with the Mets, is the first professional baseball player to test positive for human growth hormone, a banned performance-enhancing drug.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Jacobs, who was playing for the Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, has been suspended for 50 games for failing the drug test. The Rockies subsequently released him.
Jacobs, 30, is the first professional athlete in the United States to test positive for H.G.H., said a spokesman for the World Anti-Doping Agency...
His blood sample was sent to U.C.L.A.'s Olympic Analytical Laboratory, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and scientists there detected H.G.H. in it. The drug, which is believed to boost lean muscle mass and aid in recovery, is illegal to possess in the United States without a doctor's prescription..."
Feb. 3, 2012 - Two-Year Doping Investigation of Cyclist Lance Armstrong Ends with No Charges
Lance Armstrong celebrates winning his seventh consecutive Tour de France in 2005. Source: People.com, Nov. 3, 2005
"Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Armstrong on Friday [Feb. 3, 2012], ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the world's most famous cyclist and his teammates joined in a doping program during his greatest years.
Armstrong steadfastly has denied he doped during his unparalleled career, but the possibility of criminal charges threatened to stain not only his accomplishments, but his cancer charity work as well. Instead, another attempt to prove a star athlete used performance-enhancing drugs has fallen short, despite years of evidence gathering across two continents.
'I am gratified to learn that the U.S. Attorney's Office is closing its investigation,' Armstrong said in a statement. 'It is the right decision and I commend them for reaching it. I look forward to continuing my life as a father, a competitor, and an advocate in the fight against cancer without this distraction.'
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. announced in a press release that his office 'is closing an investigation into allegations of federal criminal conduct by members and associates of a professional bicycle racing team owned in part by Lance Armstrong.'"
Feb. 6, 2012 - 2010 Tour de France Winner Alberto Contador Found Guilty of Doping and Stripped of Title
Alberto Contador hoists the trophy after winning the 2010 Tour De France. Source: NJ.com (accessed Feb. 6, 2012)
"Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title Monday [Feb. 6, 2012] and banned for two years after sports' highest court found the Spanish cyclist guilty of doping.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the three-time Tour champion after rejecting his claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day...
The ruling came just three days after U.S. federal prosecutors dropped a doping investigation involving seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong. The American was a teammate of Contador during the Spaniard's 2009 Tour victory. The revised list of champions shows Armstrong and Contador combined to win nine of the 11 Tours from 1999-2009.
[Contador] becomes only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping. The first was American Floyd Landis, who lost his 2006 title after testing positive for testosterone.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second at the 2010 Tour, stands to be elevated to the top spot."
Feb. 23, 2012 - Ryan Braun Becomes First Professional Baseball Player to Successfully Appeal a Positive Drug Test
Ryan Braun speaking at a Feb. 24, 2012 news conference in Phoenix, AZ after his suspension was overturned. Source: daylife.com
On Feb. 23, 2012, "Brewers leftfielder and reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun won his appeal to overturn a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test, becoming the first major-leaguer to win an appeal of a positive test...
[A]t least part of Braun's defense hinged on his sample having been collected on a Saturday afternoon -- Oct. 1, after the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the NLDS -- but not in time for the doping control officer to get it to FedEx that day. The sample was not delivered to FedEx for shipping to a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Montreal until the following Monday afternoon...
[A] source with knowledge of the sample said that the seals on the sample were unbroken when it arrived at the lab, and that standard lab tests on the sample showed that it had not degraded...
A source familiar with the situation said... that his testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was three times higher than any result in the history of baseball's [drug testing] program...
'We always felt he was innocent,' Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a telephone interview, 'and I have to believe him and I have to trust him.'
Major League Baseball, however, offered a strong dissent to the ruling in a statement from executive vice president Rob Manfred, saying that the league 'vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das [who was fired by MLB on May 14, 2013].'"
David Epstein "Braun Wins Drug Suspension Appeal," Sports Illustrated, Feb. 23, 2012
[Editor's Note: After being implicated in the Biogenesis scandal and suspended for 65 games in 2013, Ryan Braun admitted that he did use performance enhancing drugs in 2011, contrary to his earlier claims of innocence. In an Aug. 22, 2013 statement(30 KB), Braun stated, in part:
"Here is what happened. During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn't have used. The products were a cream and a lozenge which I was told could help expedite my rehabilitation. It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately.
I deeply regret many of the things I said at the press conference after the arbitrator's decision in February 2012. At that time, I still didn't want to believe that I had used a banned substance."]
Aug. 23, 2012 - Lance Armstrong Stripped of His Seven Tour de France Titles After Declining to Fight Doping Charges
Lance Armstrong during a Feb. 2011 interview in Austin, TX. Source: Thao Nguyen/AP Photo, available at abcnews.go.com
"Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles late Thursday [Aug. 23, 2012] after he refused to fight allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Mr. Armstrong notified the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he wouldn't fight the charges the agency brought against him in June, a move that, according to USADA, immediately strips him of all of his athletic titles going back to Aug. 1, 1998, roughly a year before his first Tour de France victory. USADA said Mr. Armstrong is also banned immediately from competing in Olympic and other elite-level sports for the rest of his life..."
Reed Albergotti And Vanessa O'Connell, "Cycling Legend Loses Titles," Wall Street Journal, Aug. 24, 2012
On Oct. 17, 2012, Nike released a statement(25 KB) to announce the termination of its contract with Lance Armstrong, "due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade."
On Oct. 22, 2012, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) also agreed (100 KB) to strip Lance Armstrong's titles including his seven Tour de France championships. The UCI said it will "disqualify all competitive results achieved by Mr. Armstrong from 1 August 1998 thereon."
On Jan. 17, 2013, Lance Armstrong in an interview with Oprah Winfrey officially admitted to having used performance enhancing drugs starting from the mid-1990s through his final Tour de France win in 2005. Armstrong told Oprah: "I viewed it as very simple. You had things that were oxygen-boosting drugs that were incredible beneficial for endurance sports, and that's all you needed. My cocktail was only EPO, transfusions, and testosterone." He insisted that he did not dope or use blood transfusions at all in 2009 or 2010.]
Aug. 5, 2013 - Alex Rodriguez Suspended through 2014; 12 Players Suspended 50 Games for Violating MLB Drug Policy
"Major League Baseball's investigation into the link between the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and performance-enhancing substances provided to more than a dozen players culminated in Monday's [Aug. 5, 2013] announcement that 13 players have been suspended.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez topped the list on one of the most significant disciplinary days in baseball history. MLB handed down a suspension that would sideline the 38-year-old Rodriguez without pay through the end of the 2014 regular season [If his appeal is denied and he serves out his suspension, there will still be $61 million left on the final three years of his contract, 2015-17]...
Rodriguez's discipline, MLB said in its written announcement, is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez's discipline under the basic agreement is for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation...
The players who were handed 50-game suspensions that effectively end their regular seasons include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo and recently demoted Mets utilityman Jordany Valdespin.
Minor Leaguers Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino de los Santos, Cesar Puello and Sergio Escalona were also suspended...
Brewers All-Star left-fielder Ryan Braun agreed to a season-ending 65-game punishment last month."
Paul Hagen "A-Rod gets ban through 2014; 12 get 50 games," MLB.com, Aug. 5, 2013
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