Former Jet and current Redskin, Santana Moss, a freakish athlete who was once perhaps the NFL’s fastest man, has been linked to the case involving Canadian “sports” doctor, Tony Galea, who was recently charged with distributing HGH, among other crimes. It is believed that Moss was the athlete who Galea’s assistant was travelling to meet when she was arrested. Moss is also believed to have been treated by Galea on several ocassions.
One source said that Moss was the player Galea’s medical assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, was on her way to meet in Washington, when she was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border on Sept. 14, 2009, with HGH, syringes and other medical equipment in her vehicle.
Moss’s name was first reported today by the Buffalo News. The newspaper, which cited unidentified sources close to the case in its report, said that at this point federal prosecutors do not intend to file criminal charges against Moss or any other athlete with connections to the doctor.
A word on Moss from an avid Jets fan: when the Jets traded up to select Santana Moss in the 2001 NFL draft, no one was happier about it than me. The Jets, who had lacked a speed receiver and a legitimate threat in their return game, had acquired a home run hitter, one they sorely lacked. Moss scored 2 touchdowns on punt returns in 2002, after which, there were rumors he felt he was too good a player to play on special teams. Moss proved himself to be the consummate “me” guy, asking to have his rookie 5 yr contract, which was quite lucrative, be renegotiated. At the time, the Jets had several players closer than Moss to having their contracts expire, and those players were obviously the priority for the Jets.
Moss only caught 151 balls in 4 years on the Jets, and proved to be a fragile, injury prone player as well. But the Jets would have been more than happy to sign him to a long term deal if Moss had been reasonable, and had demonstrated the ability to understand his place on the team.
Chad Pennington was so discontented by Moss’s attitude that he went to management in early 2005, upon hearing that good friend Laveranues Coles was on the outs with Joe Gibbs in Washington, and urged the Jets to send Moss to Washington. They did, and despite Moss’s considerable talent, and world class speed, I was happy with the deal, because the Jets rid themselves of a selfish player and brought back a beloved guy who was willing to play through injury, and who would never complain about where the team lined him up.
Moss, who is famous for working out like a track star, but who’d rather do so at the University of Miami than at his team’s facility with his teammates, was always an obvious steroid suspect. Today’s news, even with the animus I have for Moss, comes as a disappointment of great proportion to me. Why?
Because I am not naive. Moss’s steroid use almost certainly dates back to college, meaning he was on juice while a member of the Jets. To taint the good name of the New York Jets is unacceptible to me, and it is now tainted by Moss, whether he used steroids in New York or not.
Be a clean athlete,