Caps players interviewed after arrest of chiropractor with ties to team
Investigators interviewed several Washington Capitals players Tuesday after a chiropractor with ties to the Capitals and Washington Nationals was arrested at his home in Reston and charged with obtaining steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs from an alleged steroids dealer in Lakeland, Fla.
Douglas Owen Nagel, who has treated several Capitals players and promoted himself as the team chiropractor, is being charged with purchasing steroids for at least a year from Richard "Andy" Thomas, who is awaiting federal sentencing in Florida on a variety of steroids possession and distribution charges. Investigators have found no "conclusive evidence or proof" that Nagel distributed steroids to any professional athletes, according to Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd.
In an interview with Polk County detectives last Sept. 28, Nagel, who claims on his Web site to have competed in national bodybuilding qualifying events, said the steroids he ordered from Thomas were for personal use and not provided to any athletes, but the package weight of two of the shipments -- 14 and 9 ounces -- indicated quantities large enough for distribution, according to Judd. Judd said the packages contained nandrolone and testosterone.
After Nagel was arrested Tuesday, two Polk County investigators visited Kettler Capitals Iceplex, accompanied by at least one member of the U.S. Marshal's Office, and interviewed Capitals head athletic trainer Greg Smith and three players who had been treated by Nagel, individuals with direct knowledge of the investigation said on condition of anonymity. Forwards Matt Bradley and Eric Fehr and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn were interviewed, the individuals said.