Another Balco guilty plea by Mitch E. Perry

04/28/06

  • A noted scientist in the sports nutritional supplement world pleaded guilty today to supplying the Bay Area Laboratory-Cooperative with the performance-enhancing drug known as "the clear."

    Patrick Arnold is scheduled to be sentenced in August and will likely face three months in jail and three months of home detention.

    A San Francisco federal grand jury indicted Arnold in November of conspiring with BALCO (BAL'-koh) founder Victor Conte (KON'-tee) to distribute the once-undetectable substance. Arnold's plea comes as a grand jury is investigating whether San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds lied about using "the clear" to another grand jury that investigated the BALCO lab more than two years ago.

    So far, the BALCO probe has netted guilty pleas from Arnold, Conte, Bonds' trainer Greg Anderson, BALCO vice president James Valente and track coach Remi Korchemny (REM'-ee kor-CHEM'-nee).

Earlier today WMNF spoke with former NFL Tight End Bob Adams, who played with the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Atlanta Falcons. We asked him about an essay last year in Wired, the science writer Steven Johnson predicted the coming proliferation of “elective-enhancement� surgical techniques, which could dwarf the impact of what steroids can do to enhance an athlete’s performance (roll tape#1 o.q.�to sport�)

That’s former NFL player Bob Adams, speaking about performance enhancing drugs, in the wake of another guilty plea in one of the biggest legal busts of the sort in this country, the BALCO lab in suburban San Francisco 3 years ago….

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