Capital players deny steroids charges

Accused chiropractor makes brief court appearance

March 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — — Washington Capitals players on Wednesday described their visits to a chiropractor arrested on drug charges as nothing more than routine treatments, while the sheriff leading the investigation said there's no "conclusive proof" that the steroids involved were supplied to athletes.

Douglas O. Nagel, who has treated several Capitals players and whose office is in the same suburban mall as the team's practice facility, made a brief appearance Wednesday in Fairfax County General District Court. He is charged with seven counts of soliciting to deliver a controlled substance, specifically steroids.

Nagel was arrested Tuesday, and authorities went on the same day to the Capitals offices to interview three players he has treated: Matt Bradley, Shaone Morrisonn and Eric Fehr.

"They were just basically asking us for information about what we knew, more about what our relationship was with him and not so much about him because, like I said, none of us know him personally," Bradley said in an interview posted on The Washington Post's Web site. "We've been there for treatment and that's it, that's as far as it goes."

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