McGwire Drug Dealer: Steroids Weren’t For Injuries

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn has comments today from a drug dealer who the FBI has long claimed provided steroids to Mark McGwire.

Curtis Wenzlaff

On Thursday, Curtis Wenzlaff confirmed what had been reported and confirmed by FBI sources and documents nearly five years earlier — that he supplied the drugs to (Jose) Canseco and (Mark) McGwire and he added that the drugs were to help McGwire become a better baseball player, not to recover from an injury.

Wenzlaff, speaking to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, said he feels there is no doubt that the array of drugs he provided McGwire helped him become a more-accomplished home-run hitter. “Will it help you hit a baseball?” Wenzlaff said. “Let me put it to you this way. If Paris Hilton was to take that array, she could run over Dick Butkus.”

In 2005 the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reported Wenzlaff gave McGwire the following: “½ cc of testosterone cypionate every three days; one cc of testosterone enanthate per week; ¾ cc of equipoise and Winstrol V, every three days — all to be injected into the buttocks.

Wenzlaff on McGwire’s claim that he only took steroids to heal injuries: “I chuckled. If excelling and kicking ass on the field is the end result I guess that’s a healthy, good feeling. But for health, there are other things you can take for health that are anabolic, but it wouldn’t be that type of combination.“Wenzlaff on what McGwire specifically wanted to result from his steroid use: “As anybody — bigger, faster, stronger. When you implement into what you are doing — for instance hitting — an individualized, specialized program with muscle growth and explosiveness … while you’re on your drugs, it will improve your hand-eye coordination.”

Dr. Gary Wadler, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency committee, to the ASSOCIATED PRESS this month: “There’s such a huge body of evidence that there’s no question — none — whether anabolic steroids enhance performance. Period.

So will McGwire admit he’s lying now, or try to assassinate Wenzlaff’s character? As I wrote earlier today, I’m guessing the latter.

Either way, since ESPN is pushing this story, McGwire will have to address it eventually. If it was another outlet, perhaps he could slough it off, but not ESPN.