COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Investigators probing an alternative
medicine doctor want to speak to at least nine current or former
members of the Carolina Panthers about possible illegal steroid
prescriptions, a Columbia newspaper reported.
Dr. James Shortt, a West Columbia physician, is under
investigation for allegedly prescribing steroids and other
performance-enhancing drugs, The State said in Sunday editions. The
newspaper based its story on court records and sources speaking on
condition of anonymity.
Federal agents subpoenaed the Panthers for the addresses and
contact information of several players as part of the probe.
"We've known about the investigation into Dr. Shortt for a
short period of time and we are still trying to retrieve enough
information to comment on it," Carolina general manager Marty
Hurney said Sunday. "We certainly are not aware of any of our
players testing positive for steroids."
Sources familiar with the investigation told the newspaper that
some of the players were on the Panthers team that competed in the
2004 Super Bowl. Neither the paper nor Hurney revealed the
identities of the players.
The newspaper said a sworn statement from Dave Lawrence, a State
Law Enforcement Division agent, said Shortt has been under
investigation since May 2004 when a Columbia bodybuilder told the
Drug Enforcement Administration that Shortt had a reputation for
readily prescribing steroids for patients in exchange for $1,000.
Four months later, authorities raided Shortt's Health Dimensions
office and Congaree Pharmacy near the Columbia Metropolitan
Airport. State and federal agents seized computer data, at least 21
boxes of patient and medical records and 256 audio cassettes,
search documents obtained by The State show.