Va. chiropractor pleads to steroids charges

A Virginia chiropractor who treated members of the Washington

Capitals hockey team pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor steroids

charges in Florida.

Douglas Nagel, 50, who had offices in the same Arlington, Va.,

mall complex as the Capitals’ practice facility, was placed on

three years of probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of

community service, said Chip Thullbery, spokesman for the Polk

County, Fla. State Attorney.

Nagel pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted possession of

a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Nagel’s attorney, Luke

Lirot, said the judge withheld formal adjudication of guilt,

meaning that Nagel will not be formally convicted of a crime if he

successfully completes his probation.

Lirot said the plea and reduced charges were possible because

the ”ensuing investigation showed that Dr. Nagel had not provided

any substances to any sports figures, teams, or any other person,

and accepted responsibility for his personal use of the substances

from the very beginning of the investigation.”

Capitals players Matt Bradley, Shaone Morrisonn and Eric Fehr

admitted receiving chiropractic treatment from Nagel but denied

getting steroids from him. Nagel denied that he ever distributed

steroids and said the drugs he ordered from a Florida supplier were

for personal use.

The supplier, Andrew Thomas, had told investigators that Nagel

had boasted the steroids were for professional athletes. Thomas was

sentenced earlier this year to eight months in federal prison.

Police also expressed skepticism that the quantity of steroids

ordered by Nagel were for personal use.

When Nagel was arrested in March, the NHL and the Capitals said

the league had done a thorough investigation and that there was

nothing linking the Nagel case to steroid use by any members of the

team. But Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at the time that the

NHL was not cooperative in his investigation of the case.