Pro wrestling of­fi­cials meet with New York pros­e­cu­tor about pos­si­ble steroid use

Meet­ing the day af­ter wrestler found dead

The Covington News - - SPORTS - Michael Vir­ta­nen

ALBANY — Of­fi­cials from World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment met this week with New York prose­cu­tors in­ves­ti­gat­ing il­le­gal steroid sales.

WWE Vice Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer McIn­tosh con­firmed the Tues­day meet­ing but de­clined to com­ment on what was dis­cussed. Calls to Albany Coun- ty Dis­trict At­tor­ney P. David Soares’ of­fice were not im­me­di­ately re­turned Thurs­day.

The day be­fore the meet­ing, for­mer pro wrestler Brian “Crush” Adams, 44, was found dead of un­de­ter­mined causes in his Florida home. Au­thor­i­ties said tis­sue and tox­i­col­ogy tests are due in six to eight weeks.

Adams had not been a wrestler for WWE since 2001, McIn­tosh said. His death came less than two months af­ter pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and son be­fore hang­ing him­self on the cable of a weight ma­chine in his Geor- gia home. Pre­scrip­tion an­abolic steroids were found in the home, rais­ing ques­tions about whether the drugs played a role in the killings.

Soares’ of­fice has said Benoit had been a client of Sig­na­ture Phar­macy of Or­lando, Fla., which is at the cen­ter of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Nine peo­ple, in­clud­ing three cur­rent or for­mer physi­cians, have pleaded guilty, most af­fil­i­ated with In­ter­net and pho­ne­order com­pa­nies that filled or­ders for an­abolic steroids and growth hor­mones through Sig­na­ture and sent drugs to cus­tomers around the coun­try, in­clud­ing Albany County.

Sig­na­ture’s own­ers have pleaded not guilty.

In New York, it is il­le­gal for a doc­tor to pre­scribe drugs with­out ex­am­in­ing the pa­tient in per­son, and il­le­gal for a phar­macy to dis­pense pre­scrip­tion drugs with­out a valid pre­scrip­tion.

Na­tional Foot­ball League of­fi­cials met with Soares and other in­ves­ti­ga­tors in March. An NFL spokesman said they had asked the prose­cu­tors’ of­fice for any in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the league.

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