Ok, Iâ€™m going to be very blunt. Anyone who is surprised that there is a potential NFL steroid scandal brewing is stupid. Iâ€™m sorryâ€¦maybe I should soften that statement a bit.
Hereâ€™s a softer version: Anyone who is surprised that there is a potential NFL steroid scandal brewing has had their head in the sand and is truly not aware of the brutal nature of football, and why NFLâ€™ers would enthusiastically use steroids.
Bear with me for a minute as I take a little detour in order to provide yâ€™all with some background info.
Dr. James Shortt, an alternative practitioner from South Carolina, is under criminal investigation by the Feds for his role in the deaths of two of his patients to whom he gave hydrogen peroxide infusions. There is some belief that hydrogen peroxide can provide relief from â€“ or cure â€“ diseases like cancer and Multiple Sclerosis.
For these folks who died, hydrogen peroxide apparently isnâ€™t the panacea itâ€™s advertised to be. As a matter of fact, the coroner who examined Katherine Bibeau in May of 2004, one of the unfortunate victims of Dr. Shorttâ€™s therapy, said that she died from internal bleeding due to multiple organ failure.
Mrs. Bibeauâ€™s family has filed a federal suit against Dr. Shortt claiming that the good doctor ignored Mrs. Bibeauâ€™s complaints following the infusions and failed to act on the clear signs that Mrs. Bibeau was in â€śacute hemolytic crisis.â€ť
In July of 2004, another of Dr. Shorttâ€™s patients, Michael Bate, who suffered from prostrate cancer, died. In September of 2004 the Feds stepped in and confiscated Dr. Shorttâ€™s files, and from this confiscation it was learned that Dr. Shortt had prescribed steroids to several Carolina Panther football players.
So here we are in March of 2005, and it seems as if several Carolina Panthers have taken advantage of Dr. Shorttâ€™s easy prescription writing hand. And quite frankly, quackery aside, Dr. Shortt makes some very good points when he defends himself from the charges that he engaged in improper activity when he prescribed steroids for football players.