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Panthers Facing Steroid Inquiry

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 15, 2005; Page D03

Investigators probing an alternative medicine doctor want to speak to at least nine current or former members of the Carolina Panthers about possible illegal steroid prescriptions, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper reported.

James Shortt, a physician in West Columbia, S.C., is under investigation for allegedly prescribing steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the State reported in Sunday's editions. The newspaper based its story on court records and sources speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Federal agents subpoenaed the Panthers for the addresses and contact information of several players as part of the probe.

"We've known about the investigation into Dr. Shortt for a short period of time and we are still trying to retrieve enough information to comment on it," Carolina General Manager Marty Hurney said Sunday. "We certainly are not aware of any of our players testing positive for steroids."

Neither the paper nor Hurney revealed the identities of the players.

Courts

Giants defensive end Michael Strahan filed for divorce from his wife of almost six years yesterday, a spokesman for the player said.

Also, Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Zampino ordered Jean M. Strahan to deposit into escrow more than $3 million she had removed from the couple's joint bank account last week and deposited into her own account, said Ernie Landante, who works for a public relations agency hired by the 12-year veteran. . . .

Titans left tackle Brad Hopkins was arrested and charged with domestic assault against his wife. Cpl. Carrie George of the Williamson County (Tenn.) Sheriff's Department, said Hopkins would remain in jail for 12 hours until early Tuesday in accordance with state law.

Comings And Goings

Free agent defensive tackle Bryan Robinson signed a three-year contract with the Bengals. . . . The Giants released defensive tackle Norman Hand. . . . Quarterback Gus Frerotte left Minnesota to sign with Miami, Vikings executive Rob Brzezinski said.


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