Special Announcement: Nightmare Clients of the Week will be moving to a new date/time. All further Nightmare posts will be updated to the blog on Sundays mornings before Noon. So feel free to have your Sunday morning cup of coffee, watch the NFL pregame shows, and catch up on the week’s Nightmare Clients!
1. Veteran major-league outfielder Jose Guillen, who played part of the 2003 season for the division-champion A’s, bought thousands of dollars of steroids and human growth hormone from a troubled Florida anti-aging clinic and had some of the drugs shipped to the Oakland Coliseum, business records show. Two other major-league players who have since retired also bought performance-enhancing drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center, which was targeted this year in a law-enforcement investigation of suspected illegal drug sales [Baseball’s Jose Guillen, Matt Williams bought steroids from clinic].
Matt Williams, the Giants’ star third baseman for 10 years, bought $11,600 worth of growth hormone, steroids and other drugs in 2002, when he was playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to the records. In a phone interview Monday, Williams said a doctor advised him to try growth hormone to heal a serious ankle injury he suffered during spring training in 2002.
- Journeyman pitcher Ismael Valdez bought $11,300 worth of performance-enhancing drugs in 2002 after he was traded from the Texas Rangers to the Seattle Mariners, the records show.
2. The NFL suspended Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud for four games without pay Tuesday for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Stroud’s suspension begins immediately, and he won’t be eligible to return to the Jaguars’ active roster until Dec. 3, one day after the team visits the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome [League Suspends Stroud].
3. Police were called to the parking garage of Newport on the Levee Tuesday night, on reports of a pair of disorderly customers. Investigators say Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry and another man, Alston Desious Dyneal fought with a valet parking attendant after they tried to park their car without paying. An argument allegedly ensued, with Henry reportedly saying “don’t you know who I am.” Levee Security was called, but the pair left. The report says both Henry and Alston were banned from the Levee and were asked to leave. No one has been arrested [Chris Henry Accused in Newport].