Olympic Medalist Fails PED Test, Starts Drug Ring

Maybe all those PSA’s about steroid abuse being harmful are on to something. Not the steroids themselves, but as a gateway drug. How else can we explain the Olympic medalist who went from testing positive to PEDs, to allegedly running one of the largest ecstasy rings in Australia?

Nathan Baggaley

Nathan Baggaley, 33, has won three kayaking world championships and two silver medals in Athens. Police found 13,500 pills, $50,000 (USD) of drug money and a quantity of powder capable of producing more than 160,000 tablets. Oh, and an industrial pill press at Baggaley’s home.

That’d be a 50-game suspension under Bud Selig.

Baggaley faces up to 55 years in jail after pleading guilty to selling drugs, but it could be worse. His brother faces life behind bars for the manufacture of 13,500 MDMA pills.

Basically what I’m saying is maybe we shouldn’t get so upset over Michael Phelps taking a bong rip.

Baggaley’s lawyer said his client turned to a glamorous life of pill pushing after he was suspended two years from kayaking for a positive steroid test.

“From becoming a world champion, becoming an award winner … he’d done nothing else,” he said. “Suddenly his world was gone and he didn’t address the issues.

“It’s been a hard comedown from being a world champion, a revered person in his hometown, internationally and nationally, to someone who has been completely vilified.”

So, you know, let’s not give Manny too much free time during his suspension.