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Chiropractor faces charges in MLB, NHL steroid case

AFP , WASHINGTON

A 50-year-old chiropractor was arrested on Tuesday on seven charges of conspiracy to deliver steroids to members of baseball’s Washington Nationals and ice hockey’s Washington Capitals.

Douglas Nagel of suburban Washington was arrested after a co-defendant claimed he supplied the controlled substances to the sports squads, according to Florida officials who began the investigation.

An affidavit by Richard Thomas, a Florida-based associate of Nagel who pleaded guilty to possessing steroids with the intent to sell last year, said Nagel had been supplying performance-enhancing drugs to members of the clubs.

Testosterone and Nandralone were among the steroids Thomas said he supplied to Nagel, who Thomas said boasted about his supplying steroids to members of the Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Hockey League (NHL) clubs in his area.

Florida police said they had no evidence that athletes received performance-enhancing drugs.

Nagel called himself a team chiropractor for the Capitals, a claim the NHL club refuted in a statement reacting to the news of Nagel’s arrest, saying that Nagel is in no way affiliated with the Capitals.

No Capitals player has tested positive for steroids in the independent random testing program used by the NHL.

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