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More on Capitals steroid investigation

Mar 23, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

laich.jpgBefore things get out of hand and the allegations start to fly out of
control, let’s clear some things up on the news from today that U.S.
Marshals and steroid investigators have gathered at the Washington
Capitals’ training facility.

According to sources, the Capitals’ facility
was not ‘raided’ or ‘descended upon’ by federal authorities looking to
tear the place upside down in a search for steroids. Far, far from that
in fact. A number of sheriff’s office investigators, assisted by U.S.
Marshal authorities, have met at the training facility merely looking
to talk with some players and team officials.

The investigation is
a carry over from last year’s arrest of Richard Thomas, who was charged
with possessing anabolic steroids with intent to sell. Thomas said he
was using the drugs so that he could ‘look like Arnold Schwarzenegger‘ and that he was selling steroids to
players for the NHL, NFL and MLB. He specifically mentioned the
Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals.

More after the jump.

Investigators
for the NHL took action based on the statements, and nothing further
came from the allegations. No specific players were named and it seemed
as though Thomas was just looking to try and bring down anyone he could
as he was legally buried with over $200,000 in illegal steroids. He also
claimed to be ‘the largest steroid dealer in Central Florida’.

Today,
Dr. Douglas Nagel, a chiropractor in the Virginia and Washington, D.C.
area was arrested in connection with the case, with detectives saying
the he has been purchasing steroids from Thomas for at least a year.
According to Melissa Liberman of WTSP.com:

Thomas said Nagel told him that he worked with professional athletes
in
the D.C.
area and that the doctor boasted about supplying steroids to these
athletes. The teams Thomas said Nagel supplied steroids to are the
Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals.

Nagal’s wife, Jan, said in a brief phone interview that her husband
did not sell steroids. She denied he ever treated members of the
Nationals, and declined to comment on whether he had treated any
Capitals.

According to the arrest affidavit for Richard Thomas, he had been
supplying steroids to clients all over the U.S. via FedEx and USPS.

Nagel has several patients on the Capitals and Nationals, but that
does not mean he had been supplying steroids to the players.

It’s certainly an incredible coincidence that a dealer stated nearly
a year ago, very specifically, pointed out the Capitals and Nationals
as teams that he had been indirectly supplying, and a chiropractor with
patients on both teams is then arrested for purchasing steroids from the
same dealer. It certainly seemed to be a baseless allegation last year,
but now there’s a possibility he could have been speaking the truth.

We’ll update you with the statement from the team as soon as we can.

  1. Will Anderson - Mar 23, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Everyone knows that Steroids is not a part of the NHL. Steroids hampers a hockey player unlike a baseball or football player…Brooks Laich is on the Lavar and Dukes show and he basically said no one cares about or is sweating all the nonsense

  2. Will Anderson - Mar 23, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Steroids hamper a hockey player rather than help…Baseball..Football the story is different…Brooks Laich is on the Lavar show now and said that no one is sweating or cares about the nonsene today. Nothing will come of this

  3. gojohnnygo - Mar 23, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    “It certainly seemed to be a baseless allegation last year, but now there’s a possibility he could have been speaking the truth.”
    Is there? Or is that merely conjecture? Don’t jump to conclusions before more info comes out. Just like how you said on Twitter that the Caps’ practice facility was “raided.” Maybe the guys are Penguins fans, who knows.

  4. Matt - Mar 23, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    So now we know what Mike Green is REALLY on.
    Too bad steroids don’t help you play defense….

  5. Brandon Worley - Mar 23, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I was speaking a bit off the cuff on Twitter, first of all.
    And yes, there is a possibility the he was speaking the truth. A year ago, no one believed him and now here’s a chiropractor with direct ties to the team getting arrested for buying steroids from Thomas. That’s one heck of a coincidence.

  6. scott - Mar 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Caps had a lot of players in the Olympics this year and they wer tested there. i doubt there will be any bomb shells coming from this.

  7. Bob Kersting - Mar 23, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Steroids do help the fast twitch response of muscles. So…. it would be beneficial to Alex Ovechkin and friends.

  8. Will Anderson - Mar 23, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    He is also a human missile does that mean he is on roids…Look up how many players have tested positive for ped’s and than go ahead and come up with your conclusion. Ted Leonsis and George Mcphee run a first class organization and because a few players visited this guy in Ballston which is a minute from Kettler…He puts a sign on his door and claims he is the chiropractor of the Capitals…lunatic

  9. me - Mar 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    “Ted Leonsis and George Mcphee run a first class organization”
    Really? When did that start? Was that when fat Teddy blocked 412 and 724 area codes from buying playoff tickets? Or when McPhee said guys like Cooke shouldn’t be in the league…yeah, all those knee-on-knees and hits from behind have a place in the game when they are on your team, right?

  10. Kev Levrone - Apr 14, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Of course NHL players take steroids. Their testing policy is a joke. To the guy who said that steroids hamper a hockey player unlike a baseball player is a truely ignorant fool. Steroids help a lot!!! I guarantee Ovechkin takes steroids. Steroids are part of the Eastern European sporting culture. Until the NHL takes a serious look at WADA testing procedures, steroids will be a major part of the NHL.

  11. TK - Apr 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Will, all Bob Kersting did was point out that steroids WOULD be beneficial. He never said that any Caps were guilty. Yet you need to call him a lunatic? Really? Is that a bit of nervousness showing on your part?

  12. Wetcoast - Apr 22, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    Will,
    That is the silliest thing I have ever heard. Of course anabolic steroids will help a hockey player. For power and short anaerobic bursts of speed. For bulking up and having power to hit or lift weights…anything to do with power.
    Ovechkin’s face shows signs of possible steroid use. I have been saying this for two years. Look at his lower jaw, it protrudes, like Michael Phelps and like other athletes. The larger forehead is another indicator of usage.
    These things do not guarantee steroid use, nor do allegations of usage, by a busted steroid dealer nor a busted medical doctor who is connected to the dealer and treats Capitals players.
    Yes you need to build a case to prove it. But Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong have not been caught, but it is common knowledge that Bonds was a complete monkey – his dealer, Victor Conte even had notes on it. Lance may not have taken EPO or any performance drugs, but Marion Jones was innocent until both of her ex lovers and Victor Conte who named her were all busted.
    Come on, give your head a shake.

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