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.