The New York Daily News has posted up an article in which they identify several WWE wrestlers as clients of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando. WWE suspended 10 unnamed wrestlers today based upon information received in the Signature bust. The original WWE Wellness policy prohibited internet prescriptions. The names listed in the article include:
– Randy Orton
– Charles Haas, Jr.
– Adam “Edge” Copeland
– Robert “Booker T” Huffman
– Shane Helms
– Anthony “Santino Marelli” Carelli
– John “Johnny Nitro” Hennigan
– Darren “William Regal” Matthews
– Ken “Mr. Kennedy” Anderson
– Chavo Guerrero
– Mike “Simon Dean” Bucci
Only ten of the eleven wrestlers named in the article are currently on-screen performers for WWE. Simon Dean hasn’t wrestled in over a year — he’s currently an office worker for WWE.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that the list of names in the article is not the official list of the ten unnamed wrestlers that were suspended today, not to mention that it is not an indication of any illegal actions on their part. This list is simply of wrestlers that were clients of the Signature Pharmacy. If the prescriptions for the wrestlers listed predate the WWE Wellness Policy being put into place — which was in February 2006 — the suspensions would be questionable, but perhaps due to government pressure, WWE feels it has no choice but to suspend these individuals anyway. Three other names, now deceased, Chris Benoit, Brian Adams and Eddie Guerrero were also on the list. There are believed to be several more former WWE wrestlers on the list. If the prescriptions were dated after February of 2006, WWE would have little choice in the matter when it comes to laying down suspensions.
Here is the article in its entirety. You can also read the article at this link:
Top WWE names emerge in doping scandal
BY T.J. QUINN
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Thursday, August 30th 2007, 4:27 PM
The WWE was rocked again today, after several of wrestling’s top names emerged in the Albany district attorney’s probe into a widespread Internet doping scandal.
The wrestling conglomerate based in Stamford announced that it will suspend 10 of its biggest stars for violation of its wellness policy.
Top wrestlers Randy Orton, Charles Haas, Jr., Adam “Edge” Copeland, Robert “Booker T” Huffman, Shane Helms, Mike Bucci, Anthony Carelli, John “Johnny Nitro” Hennigan, Darren “William Regal” Matthews, Ken “Mr. Kennedy” Anderson and Chavo Guerrero were all identified as clients of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, the site raided by Albany County and Florida law enforcement agencies in February for distributing steroids and other prescription drugs to clients who had not been examined by doctors. The investigation is part of a probe into illegal Internet drug distribution by Albany D.A. David Soares.
The WWE said in a statement that it issued suspension notices based on independent information received from the Albany D.A.
The WWE’s announcement comes as members of Congress prepare to investigate steroid use in professional wrestling, as the Daily News reported today.
Two of its recently deceased stars – Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero – also received steroids and other drugs from Signature, as prescribed by Florida physician Gary Brandwein, who has pleaded not guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal diversion of prescription drugs. Benoit murdered his wife and son before killing himself in June and Guerrero died in a Minneapolis hotel in 2005 from heart disease.
Guerrero received the steroids testosterone and nandrolone, along with the estrogen-blocker anastozole, a drug commonly taken by men on steroids to prevent developing breast tissue, Nov. 2, 2005, just 11 days before he died of heart disease.
Guerrero’s nephew, Chavo Guerrero, found Guerrero unconscious in the hotel room.
Benoit received steroids from Signature, based on a Brandwein prescription, in February, 2006.
The WWE stars are among the first athletes to face discipline for their part in the nationwide Signature Pharmacy scandal, the Internet steroid ring that has already led to guilty pleas from nine doctors, anti-aging clinic owners and operators. Law enforcement sources have said they expect the names of numerous NFL and Major League Baseball athletes to emerge as well.
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