February 09, 2006

Theo is either a doper or balding: Habs Goalie Jose Theodore has tested positive for a banned substance - propecia, the popular hair loss product, which is also a masking agent for steroids.

posted by mikelbyl to hockey at 06:02 PM - 19 comments

ha ha thats funny

posted by united-soccer at 06:29 PM on February 09, 2006

Zach Lund from the olympic skeleton crew was just banned for this as well. There is a reason these items are on the banned list. I am sure this list is made available to every player and if they can't read it they should get their high paid agents to read it for them and tell them what it says. What gets me is he will not be punished from the NFL but can't play in international play for 2 years. From what the article says he wasn't even going to make the team anyway. I think this should make the NHL look into their testing and what products they ban. I look at the picture of this guy and see how bad his hair loss is.......NOT.

posted by skydivemom at 06:36 PM on February 09, 2006

Maybe this article explains the reason for the banned substance. Covering up the steroid use that was used to aide the healing of this injury.

posted by skydivemom at 06:41 PM on February 09, 2006

I think this should make the NHL look into their testing and what products they ban. I look at the picture of this guy and see how bad his hair loss is.......NOT. Canadiens team doctor David Mulder said that Theodore tested positive because the goalie has been taking Propecia, a hair-growth stimulant, for about eight years -- even though he has a full head of hair. God, I'd hate to be the one who has to brush his back...

posted by wingnut4life at 07:57 PM on February 09, 2006

He's a doper. I need some propecia, I need to get some from the doc. I fear it because it make not, well, hm hm, men know, particularly those who took it.

posted by Joe88 at 08:06 PM on February 09, 2006

Poor guy. Dad is a con. In the midst of a horrendous slump and has lost his starting role (at least until after the Olympics which totals a couple of games yet and the last few in the past) to a guy making about a tenth of his salary. The pressure of the hometown crowd. And now he's gotta go bald. Eeek.

posted by gspm at 08:21 PM on February 09, 2006

ALL I have to say is DAM the stuff thats been happening in the NHL the last couple weeks talk about a PR nightmare or is it just a way for the NHL to draw more interest back to them who knows and who cares I love it keep it going LETS GO RED WINGS

posted by sirtt22 at 09:54 PM on February 09, 2006

Well, all interesting and stupid and everything, but his isn't even going to the Olympics, so whoppee. It's true, Propecia is banned because part of it's ingredients can be used to mask nandrolone. I must say, if Jose's on nadrolone he really needs to take a lot more. Up the voltage Jose - your hair is lovely but your save percentage stinks. This one's a red herring.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:20 PM on February 09, 2006

He says he's appealing. Well, that's part of what you take propecia for, so I should hope so, especially with the trouble it's going to cause. What? What?

posted by chicobangs at 11:43 PM on February 09, 2006

hey its the nhl lets have them use steroids so you can have 300 pounders slamming each other into the boards, hell lets throw in pcp and vodka before games, now that would be something worth paying $100 a ticket and $8 a beer

posted by kdrckrules at 06:37 AM on February 10, 2006

I can tell you that they are finally talking about hockey on the radio in NYC. I've been waiting weeks/months for this. We've got the first place Rangers, the Devils trying to keep a playoff spot or climb the ladder, and the debacle on The Island. And now, at long last, they're talking hockey. Of course, all the talk is about hair-growth formulas and Wayne's wife, with not one mention of the great stories about actual hockey in New York.

posted by 86 at 07:48 AM on February 10, 2006

I look at the picture of this guy and see how bad his hair loss is.......NOT. It does look like his hairline is receding and he is doing one of those comb-overs. Maybe the propicia is for preventative maintanence. If/when I start going bald, I'm just going to shave the whole thing and go for the Kojak look, like Johnny Mac. Seriously though, these clubs are paying doctors and trainers. There is no excuse for this.

posted by njsk8r20 at 08:16 AM on February 10, 2006

NHL's statement

posted by njsk8r20 at 09:38 AM on February 10, 2006

The real price he's paying is in humiliation.

posted by chicobangs at 09:49 AM on February 10, 2006

This is really a non-story. It's a medically prescribed drug that he's been using for 8 years. There are medical files to back up this assertion. He notified the NHL about this prescription well in advance and filled in the right forms. I don't think there is anyone that should be "blamed". This is one of those weird holes in the drug testing program for the Olympics. If there was ever a case for a judicial overturning of a ruling, this has got to be it.

posted by grum@work at 09:49 AM on February 10, 2006

Right. And unless I'm mistaken, it was going to be all Brodeur and Luongo in the tournament anyway, so this doesn't really change much.

posted by chicobangs at 11:19 AM on February 10, 2006

Borduer, Luongo and Turco. The only way Jose is going is if he buys a ticket. He was just on the big list of players that was submitted to the IOC last year, and therefore subject to testing. I'm with grum though - total non-story.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 12:59 PM on February 10, 2006

If he gets suspended for a while I am so picking up that back up goalie for my fantasy team.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:31 PM on February 10, 2006

The fact remains, even if he was taking Propecia for eight years, it's still a banned substance for the IOC. If he had any thought he'd be on the team, he'd have stopped taking it a year ago to get approved. All of the sports enterprises (NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, IOC) should standardize their abuse rules and policies to avoid this crap. Look at Mark Messier, he was shaving his head for 15 years, and he still has a jolie jeune-fille for his wife. Theodore needs to get with it and accept nature's roadblocks, or admit what he was trying to do and accept it.

posted by mrhockey at 06:42 PM on February 10, 2006

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