Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Aug 2005

Neon Deion Camps Out At Training Camp

Deion Sanders has been suspended for using steroids by Major League Baseball retroactive to his days with the Yankees and Braves (post-Jheri curl, pre-Tim McCarver incident). OK, not really. But when asked about Rafael Palmeiro's recent troubles, Sanders did admit that right before he came out of retirement last summer, "he received medical treatment for an ankle he hurt while playing basketball. When he took his Ravens' physical, steroids were detected in his system."

According to Sanders, he was subsequently tested on a weekly basis. The Ravens said he never failed a drug test, but was given frequent screenings because he skipped a random drug test shortly before he retired from the Redskins in 2000.

Either way, if Sanders is to be believed (and more importantly, if "received treatment" means something other than "calling Canseco for a refill"), doesn't this raise some concerns about the accuracy of these tests?

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 02 Aug 2005

11 comments, Last at 05 Aug 2005, 2:28am by marc

Comments

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by Adam H (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 10:09am

GUILTY!

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by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 10:37am

GUILTY!
Of what?

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by jds (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 1:12pm

GUILTY - of bad reporting. Deion says he failed a steriod drug test. Ravens say he skipped a test. C'mon, dig deeper and find out the true story. Naw, that will get in the way of meeting deadline, just run this story.

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by Mike Tyson (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 1:32pm

Free Deion Sanders!!

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by Dantheman (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 2:13pm

"Free Deion Sanders"

About what he's worth...

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by Richie (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 3:51pm

Deion Sanders has 1,900 suits and a 2500 square foot closet. I still can't get over that.

He could wear one suit a day for 5 years and never repeat. But 5 years from now they'd probably all be out of style. Or maybe not, because I don't think Deion cares what's in style.

It was Peter King's stat of the summer, and it is my stat of the summer.

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by Harris (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 4:02pm

Sanders is about 114 pounds (135 with the jheri curl) so I can't imagine what he did with the steriods. On the other hand, that curl and all the ugly gold he used to wear must have required tremendous neck strength. That couldn't have been natural.

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by Johonny (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 4:52pm

-Deion Sanders has 1,900 suits and a 2500 square foot closet.

On the brightside all his suits are ugly. I rather have one off the rack JC Penny blazer than wear anything in Deions closet.

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by noahpoah (not verified) :: Wed, 08/03/2005 - 5:12pm

Either way, if Sanders is to be believed (and more importantly, if “received treatment� means something other than “calling Canseco for a refill"), doesn’t this raise some concerns about the accuracy of these tests?

If the ankle treatment caused him to fail the test, but now the treatment has stopped (i.e., no new steroids are entering his system), why should later tests continue to detect steroids?

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by Jeff J. (not verified) :: Thu, 08/04/2005 - 10:35am

Thanks for reminding me about the traumatically deceitful Sanders exerience in Washington. The fool took the money and ran. I'd just gotten over the memories of him making fair catches and not hitting anybody.

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by marc (not verified) :: Fri, 08/05/2005 - 2:28am

"If the ankle treatment caused him to fail the test, but now the treatment has stopped (i.e., no new steroids are entering his system), why should later tests continue to detect steroids?"
There's traces of most things left in your system for quite some time. Steroids can be found for up to a year(I could easily be wrong, and I know there's different kinds of steroids) depending on the test I believe. Alcohol gets flushed quickly but to the best of my knowledge anything harder will show up for some time.