Canadian Sports Doctor Pleads Guilty to Treating Athletes with Unapproved Drugs

A Canadian sports doc who has treated such athletes as Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to smuggling illegal drugs into the US and using them to treat high-profile athletes.

Toronto-based doctor Anthony Galea who treated numerous sports stars was accused by a federal grand jury of bringing illegal substances including human growth hormone to the United States and deceiving border guards while doing that. A similar indictment was filed in Canada.

Most of the accusations in the U.S. were discharged as the doctor agreed to the cooperation with the police, including the disclosure of the names of his patients and the drugs he used to treat them.

Anthony Galea, 51, who did not have a license allowing him to work in the United States was indicted of treating twenty pro athletes at hotels, their homes or houses of their friends for two years, from 2007 to 2009. The names of his clients were not mentioned in the indictment but, according to the prosecution, the Canadian doc’s patients included professional football and baseball players and high-profile golfers.

Tiger Woods who pulled out of the 2011 British Open due to his injury that has not completely healed said that he had received treatment from Galea but was not given any banned performance-enhancing substances. Baseball star Alex Rodriguez made the same statement, adding that he received anti-inflammatory drugs.

However, some of Galea’s clients were injected human growth hormone (HGH) and Actovegin, protein-free extract of calf blood, which are not illegal in Canada but banned in the U.S.

The doctor faces from 12 to 18 months of imprisonment.