Redskins WR Santana Moss has been named as one of several professional athletes with ties to Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, who has been charged with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone, according to various published reports.
Moss refused comment Thursday when asked about the story. “I’ll talk about football. I don’t know about nothing else,” Moss said. “I ain’t got nothing to do with nothing that ain’t about me.”
The Buffalo News was the first to connect Moss with Galea. The initial report stated that federal prosecutors don’t intend to file criminal charges against Moss or other athletes with connections to Galea.
The Redskins also refused to comment on the matter, with new senior vice president Tony Wyllie referring all questions about the issue to Drew Rosenhaus, Moss’ agent. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday he knew nothing about the case and had not been contacted by the league on the matter.
The NFL does not know the identity of any of the players listed in the criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, league spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday.
Mary Anne Catalano, Galea’s medical assistant, was arrested at the United States-Canada border last September with HGH, syringes and other medical equipment in her vehicle, and reports have suggested that she was on her way to Washington to meet with Moss.
Human growth hormones are on the NFL’s banned-substances list. Although there is no reliable test that the NFL currently uses for detection of HGH, players who are known to have taken HGH are still subject to punishment and possibly suspension.
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