Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss told teammates he received treatment from Canadian doctor Anthony Galea
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss declined Wednesday to discuss details of his relationship with Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor charged last week with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone, but Moss acknowledged to teammates that he received medical treatment from Galea.
Defensive end Phillip Daniels said Moss told a handful of teammates last week that Galea had treated him on three occasions. But Moss, a nine-year veteran, wasn't certain whether he had received HGH.
"I believe he's telling the truth. Santana's always been a stand-up guy," Daniels said. ". . . I believe in him. I support him."
Moss told teammates that he received three treatments from Galea, two for his hamstring and one for his knee.
"As far as the HGH or anything, he didn't say he knew what it was or anything like that," Daniels said. " . . . He was doing the right things, just trying to get healthy."
As the team concluded its second set of organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday afternoon, Moss was available to reporters for the first time since his name surfaced last week in news reports that linked him to Galea. But Moss referred all questions about the situation to Washington Coach Mike Shanahan.
"Right now where I stand, me and Coach Shanahan went over everything and where we're at," Moss said. "We're very clear on our decision. So if you have any questions about them, you have to ask him about it."
Shanahan said he met with Moss on Wednesday morning before practice and the two discussed the matter for the first time.
"[We] went through a bunch of situations that have happened to him, and I feel really good about where he's at," Shanahan said. "And real good that -- I don't know if vindicated is the word, but I think when you find out all the facts, I think he'll be okay."
According to one source, Galea's medical assistant was on her way to meet Moss in Washington last September, when she was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border on Sept. 14, 2009 with HGH, syringes and other medical equipment in her possession.
It is not believed that Moss will face criminal charges, but the NFL is investigating whether players received treatments or banned substances from Galea. If the league determines that Moss violated the league's drug policy, he could be suspended for four games.
Shanahan could not say whether he anticipates a suspension and says he still hasn't spoken with NFL officials about the case. He expects the league to make more progress in its investigation in the next couple of weeks.