As the Roger Clemens case develops, and as the feds get more into the process of determining if the pitcher lied in his testimony before a Congressional committee, IRS agents are reported to be looking at a Houston area weight loss clinic and its owner.
The New York Times is reporting that IRS agents “are scrutinizing” Shawn Kelley Weight Loss Center, and that lead agent Jeff Novitisky is pursing people in the Houston area including former employees of this weight loss center/gym. Novitsky has been heading up the investigation into the distribution and use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in major league sports for almost six years.
Some of you may remember that leading up to the congressional hearings Clemens’ lawyer Rusty Hardin said that his client would eat Novitsky’s lunch, and claimed that the federal agent’s presence at the Congressional hearings would be tantamount to witness intimidation. These statements represent just a few of Hardin’s many missteps throughout these proceedings. If you’re anywhere near consideration to be investigated by the feds for anything, the last thing you want to do is vex an IRS agent.
So Novitsky and his very tenacious investigators are interested in one Shawn Kelley, owner/operator of the weight loss center that bears his name. Kelley has claimed to be friendly with Clemens and according to reports, Clemens has visited Kelley’s gym, a claim Kelley denies. Kelley has a history with human growth hormone (HGH) as he is on record as saying he did not sell HGH but referred people to a physician who could provide prescriptions if needed.
Lisa Routh, a psychiatrist, has apparently provided several of Kelley’s clients with prescriptions for testosterone and HGH. According to the New York Times story Routh is quoted as saying, “When you hit a wall and you’re 20 pounds away, you have to say, is there something physiological going on? Is there something medical?”
The Times story also quotes Kelley as stating he did nothing wrong saying, “She doesn’t see athlete-type people, only people — just older people that are trying to increase their quality of life. It’s totally legal; all I do is recommend people.”
Apparently Dr. Routh is not aware that HGH has not been approved for use for either anti-aging or weight loss purposes and her actions are liable to get her in a spot of trouble. And there is the ethical question of why a psychiatrist would be involving herself with weight loss issues and getting referrals from a gym owner.