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It’s no doubt that Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers, and even one of the greatest athletes, of all time.
With this level of fame also comes a level of scrutiny, both in the professional and personal aspects of a professional athlete’s life.
This scrutiny has uncovered extramarital affairs, a divorce with his wife Elin Nordegren due to these affairs and even allegations of Tiger Woods steroids use.
Before the Tiger PED Probe, he was well known for being an extremely successful and almost naturally gifted athlete.
Over the years, he has found himself among the ranks of the highest paid athletes of all time and has become a household name.
Did Tiger Woods Use Steroids?
He has broken records, gone on to become the number one ranked player in the world, been the recipient of many awards and has won the PGA Tour seventy-nine times.
This puts him in second place for all time most PGA Tour wins.
Sadly, the PED allegations may have tarnished his reputation.
Before the accusations of Tiger Woods steroid use were levied by Dan Olsen, there were already questions being asked due to his connection to Anthony Galea.
Galea was arrested in 2009 for transporting Actovegin and human growth hormone and was arrested in Toronto, but was never charged.
In 2011 he received a felony conviction in the United States for bringing mislabeled drugs into the United States.
Anthony Galea was also connected to the Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal.
Tiger Woods’ connection to Anthony Galea came from treatment that Woods had received from the MD, in which he has been reported as spending as much as $200,000 to work with Galea over a two year period.
Although there were suggestions of steroid use circulating, nothing of merit was brought to the surface until an injury was sustained that put Tiger out for a brief period of time.
This is when Dan Olsen made his Tiger Woods steroids accusations.
Rumors of Steroid Abuse To Get Ripped & Jacked
During a radio interview on The Game radio show in Lansing, Michigan, Dan Olsen decided to point the finger at Woods for his absence, suggesting that he was on a one month suspension from the PGA due to testing positive for PEDs.
“I heard he’s on a month’s suspension … it’s kind of a strong witness. It’s a credible person who is telling me this,” he said on the radio show.
“It’s not testosterone, but it’s something else. I think when it’s all said and done, he’s gonna surpass Lance Armstrong with infamy.”
Although there was no evidence backing these claims, the question still arose. Did Tiger use PEDs?
These accusations led to a firestorm, in which the question came up as to whether or not he was taking human growth hormones when he was working with Galea, who had previously been connected with the hormone supplement.
Human growth hormone, which is naturally produced in the body, has been used to increase athlete’s energy, strength and recovery time.
Although it is not a steroid, it is still illegal to use in the United States and has been banned since 1985.
As the rumors spread about Tiger Woods’ alleged PED use, opinions and theories began to form about his success in golf.
Coupled with the divorce and multiple allegations of infidelity, his reputation was at risk.
Even though opinion pieces were being written painting Woods in a negative light and Dan Olsen’s accusations were spreading, there was also a strong support from those around him to put the rumors to rest.
One of the people to step up and defend Woods from steroid allegations was his former caddy Steve Williams. Tiger Woods and Steve Williams worked together for over ten years and Williams helped him through many of his well known wins in the sport.
In an interview with Golf Digest, he was quoted as saying: “There’s no chance. Love him or hate him, Tiger always respected the game. He knows its history and people, its standing in sports and the world. He always knew what golf did for him personally.”
He also received help from the PGA Tour themselves, as Ty Votaw, the execute vice president of the PGA Tour was quoted as saying: “There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We categorically deny these allegations.”
Finally, be was defended by his sponsor, Nike, that released a company statement saying, “Every ball Tiger has put in competitive play from Nike has been thoroughly tested and approved by the USGA and R&A in accordance with their governing rules.”
With the PGA Tour, Nike, his former caddy and more people stepping up to prove his innocence, the allegations were dropped and the pressure went back to Dan Olsen.
Realizing that his attempts to defame Woods didn’t work out, Dan Olsen took to ESPN to set the record straight. He was quoted as saying:
Everything I said on that radio interview was only my opinion and not based on any first-hand knowledge or facts…
I want to make a full retraction to everything I said for the entire radio interview, and I apologize to Tiger, Nike, Phil [Mickelson], [commissioner] Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour… I’ll be looked at as just some crazy f*** nobody making accusations about him.
As for his future, it seems that he is still interested in continuing his golf career, even after his most recent injury. In his blog, he said:
“The thing I’m looking forward to the most about 2016 is getting back out there again. I’ve missed it, and I would like to do it pain-free. I haven’t done that in what seems like a long time.
I’ve had it in spurts the last few years and have done some pretty good things, but I’d like to have sustained health…
Hopefully, I’ll be able to play my way onto the Ryder Cup Team. Either way, I’m excited about being named a vice-captain. It will be new, fun and special.”
The allegations of Tiger Woods Steroid use have been dropped, and it looks like there are many opportunities for Woods on the horizon.