Tiger Woods is alleged to have been treated by Canadian doctor, Anthony Galea. Galea is under arrest in Toronto. Dr. Galea is under a Performing Enhancing Drugs (PED) probe, but there is no evidence that Tiger Woods received such drugs from Anthony Galea.
Dr. Galea’s assistant was stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border. It is alleged that she had the doctor’s medical bag in her possession and in that bag, Actovegin, a human growth hormone, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, was found. Using or selling the drug in the U.S. is illegal.
Dr. Galea reportedly told The New York Times that Woods’ management group, International Management Group (IMG) referred Woods to Galea because Tiger’s knee was taking to long to rehabilitate. Woods’ agent at IMG, Mark Steinberg, said:
“The New York Times is flat wrong, no one at IMG has ever met or recommended Dr. Galea, nor were we worried about the progress of Tiger’s recovers, as the Times falsely reported.”
Steinberg sent this email to the NYT:
“I would really ask that you guys don’t write this? If Tiger is NOT
implicated, and won’t be, let’s please give the kid a break.”
PGA officials said they have read nothing about the Galea story that leads them to believe Tiger Woods violated the anti-doping policy.
Galea is said to have visited Tiger’s Florida home four times, beginning in February 2009, and his treatment of the golf legend was a “platelet-rich plasma therapy” that had nothing to do with Human Growth Hormones (HGH), although the doctor, himself, used HGH for 10 years. Galea says he has never treated any athlete with HGH or Actovegin.
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