espn wire servies report the name of Evander Holyfield comes up in the recent steroid bust. Evander states that he bought online meds for his dad via his sister.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Athletes were involved as customers of an illicit steroid distribution network that led authorities to raid a pharmacy in Orlando and investigate another in Mobile, Ala., a New York prosecutor said. The probes have led to the arrests of four officials from the companies.
Albany County (N.Y.) District Attorney P. David Soares refused to identify any steroid recipients, saying prosecutors were focused on producers and distributors within the ring. The Times Union of Albany first disclosed the investigation on Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.
"I understand that the involvement of athletes and celebrities makes this a sexy story, but I assure you we are not, at this point, we are not concerned with the celebrity factor," Soares said. "Our focus here is to shut down distribution channels."
In the Mobile case, the Times Union said Los Angeles Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and former baseball star Jose Canseco, an admitted steroid user, were allegedly on the customer list of Applied Pharmacy Series, whose two owners have been indicted by an Albany County grand jury.
When reached by ESPN.com's Mike Fish on Wednesday, Holyfield said he was "not overly concerned about the situation." He said his only link to Alabama and medical services there was the purchase of medication for his father, who died of a heart ailment in January.
"For years, I bought all his medication out of Alabama," Holyfield said. "My sister takes care of that, every month, all his bills and stuff."