Rick Maese of the WASHINGTON POST reports Thursday morning that Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss “received human growth hormone from Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.”
Dan Herbeck of the BUFFALO NEWS previously reported that Canadian Doctor Anthony Galea was accused this week by U.S. Federal prosecutors of, “drug smuggling, conspiracy, lying to federal agents, unlawful distribution of human growth hormone and introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce.”
Herbeck added, “federal prosecutors do not intend to file criminal charges against Moss or any other athlete who had dealings with the doctor.”
Barry Svrluga of the WASHINGTON POST confronted Moss about his alleged connection to Galea Thursday morning.
Q: “How are you feeling?”
A: “Rehabbing. I ain’t bothering nobody. I’m rehabbing. Getting better.”
Q: “Are you at all surprised to hear that HGH report about someone on this team?”
A: “I’ll talk about football. I don’t know about nothing else. I ain’t got nothing to do with nothing that ain’t about me.”
Q: “Okay, well, just to be clear, have you ever met this guy [Dr. Anthony] Galea?”
A: “Like I said, I ain’t got nothing to do with that. I ain’t got nothing to do with it. You want to talk about Redskins, I’ll give you an interview. We ain’t talking about Redskins right now.”
Q: “But the guy was on this team. That makes him a Redskin.”
A: “What that got to do with me?”
Q: “Well, does it have anything to do with you?”
A: “I’m just saying to you bro, you come to me right now, and I appreciate you coming to me the right way. I’m telling you right now, I’m talking about football. You talk about football, anything else out of that, no. You say, ‘Santana, I got something to talk to you about,’ then if it’s about me, then I’ll talk to you about it.”
Q: “But here’s what I’m saying to you, Santana. You can put it to bed right now if it’s not you.”
A: “What you want to do?”
Q: “I just want to ask …”
A: “I’m telling you, if you want to talk about football, we can talk about football. I’m not going to answer none of your questions about somebody else unless it’s pertaining to me. You know what I’m saying? Other than that, it’s football.”
Q: “But what I’m saying, I want to make sure it doesn’t have anything to do with you.”
A: “Until they say it has something to do with me, then we can talk about it. See what I’m saying?”
After the initial report linking Moss to Galea, the NFL released the following statement on Tuesday:
“When we have had evidence of illegal purchase, possession, or use of HGH, we have imposed discipline and are fully prepared to do so again if the facts support it. We have been in touch with law enforcement and will continue to cooperate with the federal authorities as the case moves forward.”
HGH is a banned substance in the NFL, but the league currently does not test players for the substance. As Galea’s attorney has said the Canadian doctor denies the charges, a trial could be forthcoming - which could involve Galea clients testifying under oath.
If Moss were called to testify in Galea’s trial, it isn’t unreasonable to surmise that the Redskins receiver could be forced to answer under oath if he used HGH. Either way, Moss is likely to be called to the NFL league office in short order to explain his connection to Galea.