Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor whose high-profile clients included Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to smuggling unapproved drugs, such as human growth hormone, into the United States to treat his patients, according to the AP.
Dr. Anthony Galea, a healing specialist from Toronto who was sought out by the biggest names in sports, was indicted by a federal grand jury in October on charges that he smuggled human growth hormone and other substances into the United States and lied to border agents to avoid getting caught. He faces similar charges in Canada.
Some of the U.S. charges were dismissed with his plea.
Galea, who wasn’t licensed to work in the United States, was accused of treating 20 professional athletes at their homes, hotels and friends’ houses from October 2007 to September 2009.
The indictment did not identify any clients, but prosecutors said they included golfers, professional baseball and football players and others.
The Buffalo News reports that Galea’s attorney, Brian Greenspan, confirmed Tiger was not among those athletes who received human growth hormone treatments:
Campana told the judge Galea offered four types of treatment to injured patients.
Brian Greenspan, a Canadian attorney for Galea, later confirmed that Woods received treatment from Galea but that it was plasma-rich platelet treatment and did not involve human growth hormone.
“He did not receive Nutropin [a form of HGH],” Greenspan said. “In fairness to Tiger Woods, he received only one of the four treatments.
That statement might not be enough for conspiracy theorists, but it is what it is. Meanwhile, Tiger is still injured and skipping the British Open to fully recover before he returns to golf.
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