In the biggest news of the day, Chris Simms has acknowledged that he is a patient of recently charged Canadian doctor Anthony Galea. Galea is charged with illegally practicing medicine in the US (and lying to investigators about it), where he treated athletes of several sports--most notably Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez--with therapies that sometimes included the banned substance HGH. Galea is also well know for his revolutionary 'blood spinning' technique which he used to accelerate recovery times. Another unusual technique used by Galea utilizes injections of actovegin, which is derived from calf blood (yup, pretty metal), for the same reason. Simms steadfastly claims that he's never used HGH, which is certainly possible:
Simms said he has not violated any league policies.
"I didn't do anything," he said. "If I'm on HGH, I'm getting ripped off because I don't really look the way I should with my shirt off."
While this is certainly possible, especially since this blood spinning and actovegin injection techniques doesn't have anything to do with HGH and would better fit what Simms was looking for while he recovered from a ruptured spleen between 2006 and 2008, I'll leave it up to you to state if you find it believable. HOWEVAH (h/t SAS), don't even try to put this in the same ballpark as Brian Cushing. Not only has Simms never been directly accused of anything related to PEDs, but he also never used cancer for a cover so he could garner sympathy. I'm not saying it isn't possible Simms used HGH, but at least he never BS'd about one of the world's most tragic diseases to deflect criticism.
Follow us through the jump for more Titans info, and more links for background on this story should you care about not sounding dumb while typing in all caps about this situation...
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• The NYT still has the definitive profile on Galea, and it was the article which first stated Simms (along with Javon Walker and Jamal Lewis) was a patient.
• Here's the Wikipedia page on blood spinning, and a more in-depth look at the 20-year history and resurgence of blood spinning as a recovery technique.
Have at it, folks!