With steroids easy to buy, testing weak and punishments inconsistent, college football players are packing on significant weight — 30 pounds or more in a single year, sometimes — without drawing much attention from their schools or the NCAA in a sport that earns tens of billions of dollars for teams.
Adam Goldman, Jack Gillum and Matt Apuzzo
, December 25, 2012
One of three former UND football players facing drug charges after a Dec. 15 search of their house pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Grand Forks County District Court. Justin Anthony Belotti, 22, is charged with possession of anabolic steroids and possession of Adderall, both Class C felonies.
All three face drug charges, one on steroid possession Three former UND football players were arrested on drug charges, including one for possession of steroids, following a search warrant executed at their Grand Forks house Thursday morning. Linebacker Mitchell Jon Goertz, safety Justin Anthony Belotti and cornerback Kenneth Ray Watkins Jr. were all seniors who made major contributions to UND’s defense this season.
Barry Bonds will remain free while he appeals his conviction for giving misleading testimony before a grand jury. A federal judge handed Bonds a sentence of 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service on Friday — then delayed the sentence pending an appeal likely to take a year or more.
Prosecutors said wednesday that needles and cotton balls Roger Clemens' former trainer says he used to inject the star pitcher at the height of his career tested positive for Clemens' DNA and anabolic steroids.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said at a hearing Tuesday that statements from former Yankees Andy Pettite, Chuck Knoblauch and Mike Stanton that they received injections of performance-enhancing drugs from Roger Clemens' trainer, Brian McNamee, could unfairly influence jurors in Clemen's perjury trial.
Roger Clemens' tenacious pursuit of victory on the pitcher's mound is re-emerging as he enters federal court this week to fight charges he lied about using drugs and to try to ruthlessly discredit the former friend who says he did.
Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice Wednesday but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone.
Several apparent setbacks, culminating with the disastrous testimony of one of their main witnesses, had created a consensus that most — if not all — of the Barry Bonds perjury case had slipped through the government's fingers after nearly three weeks of trial. Then Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Parrella took to the lectern Thursday to deliver the government's final word through his closing argument.
The major leagues' all-time home run leader is charged with three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 and a count of obstruction for denying that he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs and for saying no one other than his doctors gave him an injection.
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