Caps, Nats players linked to steroids

N.Va. chiropractor arrested

March 24, 2010

A Northern Virginia chiropractor was arrested on drug charges after a co-defendant accused him of supplying steroids to members of the Washington Capitals and Nationals.

The Capitals acknowledged that some of their players had received "routine chiropractic services" from the suspect but denied that any players received steroids.

Douglas O. Nagel, 50, of Reston, was arrested Tuesday morning in Virginia and charged by Florida authorities with seven counts of soliciting to deliver a controlled substance, specifically steroids.

The Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office alleges that Nagel received regular shipments of steroids, including testosterone and nandrolone, from Richard Andrew Thomas of Lakeland, Fla.

Thomas has since pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing steroids with intent to sell. He awaits sentencing.

According to an affidavit, Thomas told police that Nagel boasted about supplying steroids to members of the Capitals and Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals.

Police make no allegations in their charges about whether they believe Nagel was supplying professional athletes.

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