Josina Anderson of FOX 31 in Denver reports “There has been a ‘rash of positive tests under the steroid policy as a result of players taking water pills to lose weight,’ a highly-placed NFL source said.
“The source told FOX 31’s Josina Anderson Friday morning that New Orleans Saints’ running back Deuce McAllister, and defensive end Will Smith were included in the web of positive tests. There are about six to ten overall positive tests. Three to four of them are from the Saints organization alone including McAllister and Smith.”
Water pills? What the hell? Why would anyone care about that? Well, apparently those “water pills” can help mask the usage of steroids.
More from the report:
Experts at the Mayo Clinic describe Bumetanide as a drug belonging to a group of medicines called loop diuretics or “water pills.” Its uses include the treatment of fluid retention and swelling caused by medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease.
However, the source told Anderson that Bumetanide has another use which makes it one of the NFL’s banned substances.
“[Bumetanide] can also mask the use of other drugs or steroids.”
Safe to assume 95% of NFL players aren’t all too concerned with losing weight during the season. Usually it’s the other way around.
If the report is true, the Saints players and other NFLers caught would face a four-game suspension for a first offense.