Feds Talked to Tiger About HGH Doc: Report

Woods rep says golfer did not get performance-enhancing drugs

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, Jul 1, 2010  |  Updated 8:16 AM CDT
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The feds have talked to Tiger Woods about a sketchy Canadian doctor accused of supplying superstar athletes with human growth hormone, according to The Associated Press.

Authorities are looking into Dr. Anthony Galea, who Woods has acknowledged seeing. Woods claims the treatment he got from the Toronto-based doctor did not involve performance enhancing drugs.

“Tiger willingly spoke to the authorities and cooperated fully,” Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told the AP via e-mail. “It was confirmed that because he did nothing illegal, he is not the subject of any criminal investigation. Because there is an ongoing investigation involving others, there will be no further comment.”

The New York Times first reported Woods’ interview, citing two unidentified people. Barbara Burns, a spokeswoman for U.S. District Attorney William Hochul, declined comment.

Other athletes who have been linked to Galea include New York Mets Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. All have said they were interviewed about Galea, either by the feds or Major League Baseball authorities.

Galea, who denies any wrongdoing, was busted in Buffalo at the Canadian border with human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf's blood, in his bag at the U.S.-Canada border in late September.

No athletes are identified by name in the government’s criminal complaint or supporting affidavit, which describes the 50-year-old Galea traveling to meet with professional athletes in New York City, Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and other U.S. cities from July through September of last year.

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