Moss told teammates he received treatments from Galea
Redskins receiver Santana Moss told a handful of teammates that he received three treatments from a doctor charged with intending to illegally distribute human growth hormone, but he denied knowing about any HGH that might have been included in those treatments, according to defensive lineman Phillip Daniels.
Daniels was one of several teammates that Moss spoke to last Wednesday after the Buffalo News reported that Dr. Anthony Galea and his assistant were en route to treat Moss in the D.C. area last September when the assistant was detained at the U.S.-Canada border with HGH, the unapproved drug Actovegin, syringes and other drugs and medical supplies.
Moss would not comment about the situation after the Redskins concluded their second week of spring practices this afternoon.
“I already know you all gonna ask me or have a bunch of questions about the allegations last week,” Moss said. “Right now where I stand, me and Coach Shanahan went over everything and where we’re at. We’re very clear on our decision. So if you have any questions about them, you have to ask him about it.”
Shanahan spoke with Moss about the situation this morning and expressed confidence that Moss will not be disciplined by the NFL.
“I feel really good about where he’s at,” Shanahan said. “I feel real good about, you know, that he’ll be—I don’t know if ‘vindicated’ is the word. But I think when people find out about the facts, everything will be OK.”
Shanahan, however, has not received such assurances from the NFL. He said he has not been in contact with the league about the matter, and his belief stems only from his conversation with Moss.
The NFL in the past has suspended players for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs without the presence of a positive drug test. The NFL does not test for HGH, which is banned by the league and illegal without a prescription, so it pursues other proof of use.
Moss admitted his relationship with Galea last Wednesday to a group of three or four teammates that included Daniels. If Galea did, indeed, treat Moss with HGH, Moss was unaware, Daniels said.
“He was saying, “Man, if [Galea] did something crazy, I don’t know,’” Daniels said. “They stopped somebody at the border that had stuff. Who knows who they were going to see? Maybe they were coming to give him another treatment. Maybe he was getting the treatment, and that’s was what he thought he was getting. It’s kind of tough man, but I believe in him. I believe he’s telling us the truth.”
My take? We’ve all heard pro athletes plead ignorance before when it comes to PEDs. The NFL doesn’t care about intent, though, when deciding whether to discipline the player. If the league can prove that Moss received treatments of HGH or bought it, he’ll be suspended. League investigators will have access to public court records–none of which actually name Moss–and perhaps more than that.
I was a bit surprised to hear Shanahan so forcefully express his belief that Moss will not be suspended, especially if he hasn’t spoken to the league yet. Shanahan wouldn’t divulge the “facts” that he believes will exonerate Moss, so we’ll have to wait on those.
Based on what I know and what has been reported elsewhere, though, I don’t see why Shanahan so strongly believes that Moss will avoid a suspension. Perhaps Moss’ fate depends on what information the NFL obtains beyond what is revealed in court records. At the very least, then, Moss isn’t in the clear yet.