Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Laich Doubts Steroids Report

In the wake of the surprising connection of the Caps with a steroid bust outside Tampa, Capitals Insider talked to Brooks Laich about the allegations.

Laich said he saw no evidence in the Caps' locker room of using performance-enhancing drugs, and it's perhaps the grandstanding of an accused dealer facing jail time.

Q: Do you have any idea what the suspect in the steroids case is talking about?
A: I have no idea. As far we know it's just speculation. The guy didn't say if it was 10 years ago that he sold to the Capitals. Whether it was five ago that he sold. We have no idea. I've already been in touch with our players, and there's nothing on our side to report.

Q: Do you have any idea what the suspect in the steroids case is talking about?
A: I have no idea. As far we know it's just speculation. The guy didn't say if it was 10 years ago that he sold to the Capitals. Whether it was five ago that he sold. We have no idea. I've already been in touch with our players, and there's nothing on our side to report.

Q: What was your reaction to the sheriff coming out and repeating what a suspect said without offering any additional evidence?
A: I watched the video of it. I was kind of surprised he would say it. But he was also very careful in saying it because of the wake it would cause. As far we're concerned as players, it's just accusations of a desperate man trying to get some publicity, I think. But we'll see how it plays out over the next couple of days.
Laich added that he had never heard of the suspect, nor had he seen any evidence of performance-enhancing usage in his entire playing career, even in juniors.

Donald Brashear also appeared on WJFK and pretty much agreed that he hadn't seen any evidence of usage, and that "there's no kind of [player] I would know that would use steroids. It wouldn't be in their best interest to do it anyway."

It will be interesting to see if any more details seep out, although at the moment, it certainly raises some eyebrows that Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd would name the Capitals and Nationals despite just based on what the suspect said, and as the Caps point out, no players have failed any performance-enhancing tests.

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