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Dallas Cowboys Coach Wade Wilson Suspended For Using HGH to Fight Diabetes
The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson (a type 2 diabetic) after he admitted to purchasing HGH or human growth hormone. A banned substance in the NFL that violates the league’s drug policy.
Wilson, who also played in the league from 1981-98, apologized for his actions but he felt the need to explain why he did what he did. He said he used human growth hormones to help fight type 2 diabetes. “I wasn’t taking the product to enhance performance,” he said. “I am way past that. I was taking it to improve my quality of life. At no time did I think I was doing anything illegal or against league policy.”
Wilson did admit to ESPN that he got the drugs “without proper medical supervision.”
The suspension of the coach came about after a federal investigation into an Internet pharmaceutical company found Wilson to be one of its customers when he coached for the Chicago Bears. New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison was also named as a customer and he was suspended by the league also.
As for rumors that Wilson might be buying drugs for others, he nixed that notion immediately. “The idea that I was trying to get this for anyone else is absolutely ludicrous,” he told ESPN. Wilson said he used the drug because of bouts of fatigue, sleeplessness and kidney and vision problems caused by diabetes.
He said side effects from the HGH caused him to discontinue it. The Cowboys organization offered its support of Wilson and it said the club would welcome him back once his suspension is over. Wilson’s suspension will end on Oct. 9.
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