Woods’ doc charged for administering illegal drugs
Controversial Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, who is known to have treated ace golfer Tiger Woods, has been charged for administering illegal drugs, including human growth hormone.Updated: May 19, 2010 20:05 IST
The criminal complaint filed in Buffalo, New York, has not identified any athlete, and charges are related only to one of Galea’s NFL clients. The doctor has worked with several other leading sports figures, including Woods.
Toronto based Galea was charged with smuggling, conspiring to lie to federal officials, unlawful distribution of growth hormone, conspiracy to defraud, and introduction of the unapproved drug Actovegin into interstate commerce, The Telegraph reports.
Woods has claimed that the only treatments he received in five meetings with Galea were for blood spinning, where a person’s own blood is placed in a centrifuge and reinserted into the body, purportedly with greater healing properties.
Hank Haney, Woods’ former swing coach, said last weekend that he was at four of those five meetings with Galea and noted that nothing but what was taken from Woods body went back into it.
Woods has been repeatedly questioned about his links to Galea and has vehemently denied taking any illegal or banned drugs.
Prior to the Quail Hollow Championship, his second comeback event since his treatment for sex addiction, Woods disclosed that one of his physical therapists had recommended that he saw Galea.
“A lot of athletes have worked with him. Look at the list: it’s a who’s who,” Woods had said.
First Published: May 19, 2010 18:14 IST