Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mary J. Blige on Steroids?

One doesn't quite expect to see a name like Mary J. Blige on a list of clients allegedly using steroids. But that's just what federal investigators say they found.

The Times Union of Albany, NY cited unidentified law enforcement officials in reporting that Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean and Tyler Perry were all listed as having received performance-enhancing drugs.

The officials stated that the entertainers are not alleged to have broken the law, and that the investigation is focused on doctors, pharmacists and clinics that provided the drugs.

David P. Soares, District Attorney in Albany, launched the investigation last year. He is neither confirming nor denying the names linked in the investigation.

A spokesman for Mary J. Blige denies that the singer has taken any illegal steroids. Tyler Perry's spokesman declined to comment.

Athletes use steroids to get faster and stronger to perform at a higher level. However, entertainers benefit from steroids due to their anti-aging qualities. Steroids have been in the news a great deal lately, due to federal investigations into Major League Baseball. Additionally, sprinter Marion Jones was sent to prison recently for perjury in a trial involving her steroid abuse.

The investigation in Albany is part a of multi-state initiative, focused on Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, FL. Thus far, 10 individuals have pleaded guilty and there are reports that professional athletes may have been implicated as well.

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