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Atlanta Dan
02-28-2007, 06:53 AM
The headline for this story actually appears to be worse than what is going on, but any time a physician associated with a NFL team is buying $150,000worth of HGH and steroids on his personal credit card you can see why the authorities might be interested.

Hopefully the explanation for the purchases is true, although why a physician on staff at UPMC would not have purchased patient meds through UPMC's pharmacy at what I assume is a cheaper rate is puzzling to me.

Steelers doctor questioned in steroid probe

Authorities have questioned an associate team physician for the Steelers as part of a yearlong investigation into illegal Internet sales of anabolic steroids, according to a published report.

Dr. Richard A. Rydze, an internal medicine specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was questioned last month about a $150,000 purchase of testosterone and human growth hormone, according to a report published Tuesday in the Times Union in Albany, N.Y.

There is no indication that Rydze has done anything wrong, and a spokeswoman for Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares would not say if he is a target of the investigation....

The Times Union report states that a New York investigator who has been tracking purchases from Signature flew to Pittsburgh to ask Rydze why he used a personal credit card to purchase some $150,000 worth of testosterone and human growth hormone last year.

The newspaper quotes unnamed sources as saying Rydze told investigators that the drugs were for his private patients. The retail value of the drugs, according to the Times Union report, is about $750,000.

Physicians are allowed to order and dispense prescription drugs, but investigators told the Times Union that the orders placed by Rydze drew interest because of the volume, his position with an NFL team and his use of a personal credit card.

Rydze, who won a silver medal in the platform diving competition at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, is medical director of the FBI's Pittsburgh office, the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home and Community College of Allegheny County.

Because this doc is associated with the FBI he is going to get a thorough federal investigation in addition to what is being investigated by the authorities in New York.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_495361.html

Counselor
02-28-2007, 08:19 AM
Hopefully he's a red herring in this---otherwise it could end up very bad.


Rydze... is medical director of the FBI's Pittsburgh office, the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home and Community College of Allegheny County.

Some how I don't think he bought the steroids for the Little Sisters of the Poor! LOL.

tony hipchest
02-28-2007, 08:33 AM
hopefully this just gets swept under the rug, due to his position, or else he may have to provide records of these "private patients" he was providing $750,000 worth of roids too.

i have a bad feeling we will find he has strong links to ex-steelers mike vrabel, chad scott, and hank poteat.

brind666
02-28-2007, 09:08 AM
so i guess most of the team were on hgh last year... nice plan as you cant detect it in a urin sample :-)

floodcitygirl
02-28-2007, 10:08 AM
Hopefully no CURRENT Steelers are involved, let alone former.

Dynasty
02-28-2007, 10:12 AM
Article on the subject from Seth Wickersham on ESPN..

Steelers raising steroids suspicion
posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | Feedback | Print Entry
filed under: NFL

So there I was, reading a fabulous story by Brendan J. Lyons of the Albany Times Union about a major federal steroids investigation, when I came upon what Bob Woodward would call a "Holy Crap!" bit of reportage:

Last month, a New York investigator who has been tracking suspicious purchases from Signature Pharmacy flew to Pittsburgh to interview a top physician for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers about why he allegedly used a personal credit card to purchase roughly $150,000 in testosterone and human growth hormone in 2006.

The physician, Richard A. Rydze, who won a silver medal in platform diving in the 1972 Olympics, told the investigator the drugs were for his private patients, according to a person briefed on the interview. Rydze is an internist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also is a consulting physician for the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration.

There are no allegations Rydze violated any laws. Many doctors are allowed under Pennsylvania rules to order and dispense prescription drugs. But investigators in New York said his orders of testosterone piqued their interest because of the large volume, his position with an NFL team and because he allegedly used a personal credit card.

Are you kidding me?

A Pittsburgh Steelers associate team physician allegedly buying $150,000 worth of testosterone and HGH?

In one year?

Using a personal credit card?

This is very interesting, even if you approach the NFL from the belief that a fair amount of players use steroids, and that the NFL and NFLPA privately acknowledge a lot of these guys have to use to make it through the season, and bust just enough of them to give fans and Congress and even cynical media the impression that they've got doping licked.

The Times Union reported that Rydze -- a '72 silver medalist in platform diving who is also a medical doctor of the FBI's Pittsburgh office, the Community College of Allegheny County, and the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home -- told investigators the dope was for private patients. Sources also told the paper the retail value of these steroids purchased by Rydze, who attends Steelers home and away games, was $750,000.

How far will this investigation go? Who knows. Rydze won't comment, but did tell SI.com earlier this month that he gives the HGH to elderly patients and that it's "not for athletes, never. ... The Rooneys are aware that I do this ... I mean, they have my trust that I would never do this with an athlete."

Greg Aiello, the NFL's spokesman, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the league will "very definitely be looking into it."

fansince'76
02-28-2007, 10:19 AM
so i guess most of the team were on hgh last year... nice plan as you cant detect it in a urin sample :-)

Until charges are filed, I'm considering this info in the same light as I did the "story" about Brady once having a conversation with Barry Bonds' trainer.

ChronoCross
02-28-2007, 10:50 AM
Welp we know fans of other teams will have fun with this and try to use it against us. Even tho he probably used the roids on FBI agents and Little Old ladies.. haha..

fansince'76
02-28-2007, 10:55 AM
Welp we know fans of other teams will have fun with this and try to use it against us. Even tho he probably used the roids on FBI agents and Little Old ladies.. haha..

From Yahoo (http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-steroidraid&prov=ap&type=lgns):

"Athletes were involved as customers of an illicit steroid distribution network that led authorities to raid two pharmacies in Orlando and arrest four company officials, a New York prosecutor said."

If Rydze distributed illegally, why was he also not arrested?

However, you're right about fans of other teams having alot of fun with this. Thank God Hardwork has been banned....

Atlanta Dan
02-28-2007, 01:32 PM
Ed.B.of the P-G has this story up this afternoon

UPMC to investigate Steelers' doctor who bought HGH

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will began an internal investigation into the purchase of human growth hormone by Dr. Richard Rydze, one of the center's physicians and a Steelers' internist.

"UPMC became aware of this investigation yesterday afternoon by reading the newspaper reports," said a statement released by Susan Manko of the UPMC news bureau.

"We have initiated our own internal investigation. At this time we have no further factual information or comments. We, of course, maintain the highest quality of integrity and ethical behavior of our physicians. So we are initiating our own internal review."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07059/765645-100.stm

If I was on staff at UPMC I do not think I would wait for them to read in the newspaper that I had been interviewed by criminal investigators regarding my purchases of $150,000 of HGH and steroids on my personal credit card. Presumably the Steelers would have liked to have been told about this as well (assuming they do not already know).

Dr. Rydze has some 'splaining to do.

I look for him to soon resign from his affiliations with UPMC and the Steelers to spend more time with his family:smile:

klick81
02-28-2007, 01:32 PM
Oh boy...i can see this turning ugly. Even if the Steelers are clean (and proven so), the media and the haters will have a ball with this one for a long time.

verks36
02-28-2007, 01:52 PM
This is not good boys not good. If he got that much riods and he is a steelers doctor. I would say the chance of some steelers using riods is pretty high

Livinginthe past
02-28-2007, 02:06 PM
I think its impossible to guess what the real deal is here - most people (myself included) have no idea how likely it is that a Dr. would buy that amount of HGH for 'personal patients'.

Its also not made clear what would consitute a 'personal patient' - could it be a Steelers player who is taking HGH but without the knowledge or permission of the team management?

Its also a wonder that someone with strong links to law enforcement would not be aware of the the type of volume and products that trigger FBI alarm bells.

Maybe there is some obscure ruling stopping Doctors from buying these drugs through the company, reimbursing them ,and then selling it to these mysterious private patients.

Anyway, now that it is all relatively out in the open we should hear definitively one way or the other what the real story is.

NM

verks36
02-28-2007, 03:15 PM
Do you guys think any steelers names will come out of this in the media?

83-Steelers-43
02-28-2007, 03:36 PM
"I advised the League office yesterday of our knowledge of the situation. I have also reviewed the matter with our Head Trainer, John Norwig, as well as the head of our medical staff, Dr. Tony Yates," Rooney said in the statement. "There is no evidence that Dr. Rydze prescribed or provided any hormone treatments to any of our players. Dr. Rydze has assured me that this has never happened and will never happen."

Hopefully that's the case.

FLSteeler
02-28-2007, 03:44 PM
The pharmacuetical was busted in Orlando , Fl. selling 500,000 a year to
36 milliona year. The Feds have been watching them for a year before they
busted them . The Feds confiscated records showing they sold roids and other
drugs to Evander Holifield ,the pitts. doctor and Steeler player Ricz , plus a Redskin player
Phili. player, Tenn .Titan player ,Baseball players, College coachs to high school coachs the list goes on. It is Bigger than you think.


"GO STEELERS":helmet:

Livinginthe past
02-28-2007, 03:56 PM
Who is the 'Steeler player Ricz'?

Atlanta Dan
02-28-2007, 04:07 PM
The pharmacuetical was busted in Orlando , Fl. selling 500,000 a year to
36 milliona year. The Feds have been watching them for a year before they
busted them . The Feds confiscated records showing they sold roids and other
drugs to Evander Holifield ,the pitts. doctor and Steeler player Ricz , plus a Redskin player
Phili. player, Tenn .Titan player ,Baseball players, College coachs to high school coachs the list goes on. It is Bigger than you think.


"GO STEELERS":helmet:

This is like reading a stock ticker:smile:

I think RICZ is the shorthand for the UPMC doc

verks36
02-28-2007, 04:22 PM
The pharmacuetical was busted in Orlando , Fl. selling 500,000 a year to
36 milliona year. The Feds have been watching them for a year before they
busted them . The Feds confiscated records showing they sold roids and other
drugs to Evander Holifield ,the pitts. doctor and Steeler player Ricz , plus a Redskin player
Phili. player, Tenn .Titan player ,Baseball players, College coachs to high school coachs the list goes on. It is Bigger than you think.


"GO STEELERS":helmet:

so basically you are saying that a alot of well know players and steelers player got riods from this dude.:dang: :dang: :dang: :dang: :dang: this is the worst possible thing to happpen we dont need a cloud of smoke covering the steelmen

fansince'76
02-28-2007, 04:26 PM
Oh boy...i can see this turning ugly. Even if the Steelers are clean (and proven so), the media and the haters will have a ball with this one for a long time.

You got it, Klick. Even if the entire team itself is exonerated, the team is still going to wind up with a black eye over it, I fear. Nowadays, perception is more important than the truth. I'm afraid the lasting perception over this episode is going to be Steelers staff M.D. + HGH = team full of juiced players.

Livinginthe past
02-28-2007, 04:27 PM
so basically you are saying that a alot of well know players and steelers player got riods from this dude.:dang: :dang: :dang: :dang: :dang: this is the worst possible thing to happpen we dont need a cloud of smoke covering the steelmen

I think you are jumping to some pretty wild conclusions.

I haven't seen a single thing linking any Steeler players to illegal steroid use - at this point its all harmless guesswork - no need to get too upset.

NM

Atlanta Dan
02-28-2007, 04:30 PM
Here is the link to a lengthy article from the Albany Times-Union (excerpts below); the sealed indictments have been returned in Albany.

More than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and business owners have been, or will be, arrested in the coming days in Alabama, Texas, Florida and New York on sealed indictments charging them with various felonies for unlawfully distributing steroids and other controlled substances, records show.

The Times Union has learned that investigators in the year-old case, which has been kept quiet until now, uncovered evidence that testosterone and other performance-enhancing drugs may have been fraudulently prescribed over the Internet to current and former Major League Baseball players, National Football League players, college athletes, high school coaches, a former Mr. Olympia champion and another leading contender in the bodybuilding competition.

The customers include Los Angeles Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr., according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Sources also said investigators from the New York Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, which is part of the state Department of Health, recently interviewed a top physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers about his alleged purchase last year of roughly $150,000 of testosterone and human growth hormone.

The physician, Richard A. Rydze, who won a silver medal in platform diving in the 1972 Olympics, told the investigator the drugs were for his private patients, according to a person briefed on the interview. Rydze is an internist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also is a consulting physician for the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration.

There are no allegations Rydze violated any laws. Many doctors are allowed under Pennsylvania rules to order and dispense prescription drugs. But investigators in New York said his orders of testosterone piqued their interest because of the large volume, his position with an NFL team and because he allegedly used a personal credit card.

"The doctors pretty much have rein to do anything they want," said Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

But Catizone, who has served as an expert witness for the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in criminal trials, said the credit card purchases raised questions.

"I've never seen a doctor pull out his or her own credit card ... it just doesn't make sense," Catizone said. "Unless you are trying to build frequent-flier miles on a credit card, I'm not sure why they'd be using a personal credit card."

Rydze and two spokesmen for the Steelers organization declined repeated requests for comment over the past two weeks. Pennsylvania state medical board officials also declined to comment. NFL officials were taken by surprise as news of the case swept through the sports world on the Internet.

http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=567310&category=REGIONOTHER&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=2/28/2007

If the Steelers have been asked to comment about this for 2 weeks, then AJR II is lying or needs to fire someone for not keeping him in the loop based on this statement in an article in the P-G this afternoon:

Rooney said he first became aware of the investigation yesterday and immediately called Rydze, who acknowledged that he was questioned by FDA officials at his office. Rooney said Rydze was told he was not a target of the investigation.

Cannot figure out the reference to FDA questioning, unless the Feds are now also involved along with NY state investigators.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07059/765645-100.stm

It may not reach any Steelers players (although it is difficult not to be concerned), but this could be a bigger case than the BALCO investigation in San Francisco.

Preacher
02-28-2007, 04:38 PM
Boys and Girls...

This is going to get very simple. If a player was on roids.. I don't care WHO it is. Fire him Now!!! He will go through the NFL suspension, and be picked up by another team. It will be their problem.

If that doesn't happen, the the Steelers are not the classy team we thought. They will become just another team in the NFL.

tony hipchest
02-28-2007, 04:50 PM
im thinking that under normal physicians protocol it would be very simple for Rydze to produce records, reciepts, bills to insurance companies, etc. that could account for evey syringe full of the drugs he distributed.

im thinking these records may have to be manufactured, and maybe some old senile people convinced they were given treatments they werent.

with his fbi experience maybe he has a background in detecting medical fraud and has found a way to cough up these records or a loophole.

MJ5150
02-28-2007, 05:00 PM
Wow....this sucks.

-Mike

TackleMeBen
02-28-2007, 05:09 PM
When it rains it pours, it seems like. First Wiz opens his mouth about ben and now this. Can't we just get the season started so we can talk actual football :flap:

tony hipchest
02-28-2007, 05:14 PM
i know we, as fans, take pride in the steelers squeaky clean image. but there could be a silver lining to this dark cloud. once joey porter is cut for having a big mouth :rolleyes:, we can convince ourselves it was him alone who went through 8 gallons of testosterone and HGH in 9 months.

TackleMeBen
02-28-2007, 05:17 PM
i know we, as fans, take pride in the steelers squeaky clean image. but there could be a silver lining to this dark cloud. once joey porter is cut for having a big mouth :rolleyes:, we can convince ourselves it was him alone who went through 8 gallons of testosterone and HGH in 9 months.


that is funny.. but you know maybe this would explain how ben came back from his accident and surgery so quickly... j/k. :smile:

jjpro11
02-28-2007, 05:32 PM
this offseason cant get any worse.... oh wait.. it can and probably will.. one of my favorite players is about to be cut (porter).. jeez. the price you pay for a super bowl.

RoethlisBURGHer
02-28-2007, 06:08 PM
They would need to prove a Steeler recieved and used the roids.

And if the way we played last year is a way a roided up team plays,then I don't see why we don't just make them legal.

ChronoCross
02-28-2007, 06:20 PM
Look at merriman on how well he did with roids now look at him off roids.. its like taking crack from a baby he gets ran over.

fansince'76
02-28-2007, 08:28 PM
They would need to prove a Steeler recieved and used the roids.

Not necessarily - look at Barry Bonds. Not defending Bonds, though - he's been one of the biggest (if not the biggest) pricks in MLB for years.