Are you talking just ballplayers, or people in general. If a grocery stock boy at the local market was prescribed HGH by his Doctor for a legit medical reason, he's good to go. If his coworker buys it on the black market and has to pay cash to a guy who goes by nickname only and receives product with no markings, do you think law enforcement would treat the two the same?
Some ballplayers DID receive PED's from doctors who prescribed them. MLB has treated them differently, one could say. Consider....
"_________ has stated he's not violated any baseball rules. He has not violated any federal or state laws,'' said his agent, Scott Boras. "He only has followed the course of treatment prescribed by his medical doctors during the course of his career."
_____'s HGH prescriptions, including Saizen and Genotropin, were signed by Florida physician William Gogan, who provided them through a Palm Beach Gardens clinic called The Health and Rejuvenation Center, or THARC, the Daily News reported.
The above player was never suspended. MLB cited "insufficient evidence" despite the distribution center being raided by Feds more than once and illegal distribution taking place there. MLB suspended other players for 2004 use such as Gibbons and Guillen but not the player mentioned above. Read more here.
Last edited by StanTheMan; 12-04-2012 at 10:46 AM.
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