Monday, January 14th, 2008

Rappers On ‘Roids

What does 50 have in common with Roger Clemens & Barry Bonds? This story is just beginning to break. By week’s end it could be the fodder for an entire new season of Def Comedy Jam (uh, Tyler Perry?!), or the catalyst for some soul-searching. Or both. Or neither. What do you think?

Entertainers including the singer Mary J. Blige and the rapper 50 Cent are among thousands of people whose names are turning up in an investigation into obtaining steroids or human growth hormones, an Albany newspaper reported on Sunday.

The Times Union reported that the investigation, being conducted by the Albany County district attorney, P. David Soares, also found evidence that in addition to Ms. Blige and 50 Cent, other possible recipients included two other musicians, Wyclef Jean and Timbaland, and Tyler Perry, an author, actor and producer in theater, film and television.

The newspaper cited records it had gotten and information from witnesses on Long Island who were cooperating with the investigation. A spokeswoman for Mr. Soares declined to comment on the report on Sunday.

None of the celebrities was accused of violating the law. Instead, the investigation has focused on stopping the flow of the drugs by cracking down on doctors who illegally prescribe them without seeing patients, and on the so-called anti-aging clinics, pharmacies and other distributors that supply the drugs.

UPDATE 1/15 :: Your boy in Ben Sisario’s reax piece for the NY Times.

posted by @ 12:34 pm | 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Rappers On ‘Roids”

  1. Clarence says:

    I am curious to know whether or not Dr. Dre has been taking steroids, given his recent VH1 appearance?

    He definitely came through with a straight prison issue build — he did try to rebut the claims saying that he has been working out 2 hours a day for 4 years.

    Also makes you wonder about other hip-hop entertainers, but, one this type of scandal drops, everyone becomes suspect — even if they are not.

  2. mr says:

    Here’s a question nobody has asked: Out of the thousands of people included in the investigation, why did the Times-Union only reveal the names of African-American celebrities?

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