NHL, Capitals skeptical of steroid report
A Florida man arrested in a major steroid bust told investigators he sold to professional athletes, including players on the Washington Nationals and Capitals, authorities said Wednesday.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Richard Thomas bragged that he sold to pro players in the NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball.
"You name the sport, and I've sold steroids to athletes who play it," he said, according to the statement released by the sheriff's office.
Thomas told authorities that he had sold anabolic steroids to players on the NHL's Washington Capitals and pro baseball's Washington Nationals.
The statement went on to say that Thomas didn't mention any specific players, and that there was no evidence that he sold to pro players, other than his claims.
Neither the NHL nor the Capitals have reason to believe what Thomas said, according to a joint statement released by both the league and the team. Capitals players passed five rounds of drug testing in the last two seasons, the statement said.
"Even though there are no specifics provided in the story and we have no reason, at this point, to believe the allegations are true, the National Hockey League takes all matters of this nature very seriously and will conduct a prompt investigation," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.
Nationals president Stan Kasten said he had been in touch with MLB and didn't have any cause for concern.
Thomas claims to have imported steroids from many countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Slovakia, Russia, China, Turkey, Spain, Mexico and Germany.
When his home was raided on Tuesday, thousands of anabolic steroid pills, injectable liquids and syringes were found, with an estimated value of $100,000 US, according to police. Thomas claimed to be the largest steroids dealer in central Florida.
Thomas and his wife, Sandra, were charged with several counts of possession of illegal steroids, firearms and maintaining a dwelling for drug use.
With files from The Associated Press