Tiger Woods’ relationship with steroid-tainted doc still not clear

February 20th, 2010 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Feb 20 (ANI): Tiger Woods may have tried to come clean on the accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs but some are still waiting for more answers from the shamed golfer.

In a televised address on Friday, Woods said: “Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false.”

However, Dr. Lewis Maharam, chairman of the Board of Governors, International Marathon Medical Directors Association and the former medical director of the New York Road Runners and ING New York City Marathon, is not sure who Woods was referring to when he said he had been accused of using PEDS.

Woods’ name had come up when one of his physicians, Dr. Tony Galea, was being investigated after the sports doctor’s assistant was caught with drugs at the US-Canadian border and his Toronto office was raided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, said she was carrying human growth hormone and a derivative of calves’ blood, Actovegin, for her boss. Actevegan is illegal in the U.S. and not approved in Canada. Four drug charges were levelled against Galea and the investigation is still on.

Galea, who is not licensed to practice medicine in Florida, had treated Woods in Orlando with platelet-rich plasma therapy to help him recuperate from a knee injury. It also emerged that Woods had been treated by Las Vegas trainer Keith Kleven, who worked with Victor Conte and the BALCO crew a few years ago.

And Dr. Maharam is simply not satisfied.

The New York Daily News quoted him as saying: “I was impressed with how well he rehearsed this apology and was struck by when he said, ‘I’m so sorry’, - there was a beautiful pause, he looked up at camera and continued, clearly rehearsed. But most of all, some of the things he said needed follow-up questions, especially the statement that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Here are the questions I would have asked:

Why did you choose to work with a physician, not licensed in the U.S., who specializes in performance-enhancing drugs?

Who recommended him to you?

How often did you see him?

Would you be willing to have your blood saved and re-tested once there is a proper test available to detect human growth hormone?

How would you react if your blood test showed up positive. What would that mean?

You apologized to kids who look up to you, saying actions speak louder than words. Would you tell kids not to use human growth hormone or steroids? (ANI)

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