Posted by Ryan Wilson
When Golf Channel announced over the weekend that Tiger Woods would make a special announcement Monday morning in an exclusive interview, there was speculation that he would discuss his relationship with Anthony Galea, the Toronto physician who once counted Woods as a client, and who pleaded guilty last week to bringing misbranded drugs into the United States.
Instead, the announcement was that his agent was joining a new company (apparently, the initial report of actual news was erroneous).
But Tiger could have used the opportunity to again defend himself from charges that Galea may have supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs, something Rod Personius, who represents Galea's former assistant Mary Anne Catalano, did Monday night. In an email to the New York Daily News, Personius said, "I tell you categorically that Tiger did NOT receive either banned or performance enhancing drugs when treating with Dr. Galea."
Woods admitted earlier this month that Galea, who doesn't have a license to practice medicine in the United States, had previously treated him at his Florida home, but denied that he ever took performance-enhancing drugs. Galea has also treated Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran.
"Tiger willingly spoke to the authorities and cooperated fully," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said in an email to the Associated Press in late June. "It was confirmed that because he did nothing illegal, he is not the subject of any criminal investigation. Because there is an ongoing investigation involving others, there will be no further comment." According to the Daily News, at a news conference in April just before the Masters, Woods said the feds had contacted Steinberg about Galea and pledged his "full cooperation."
Woods will miss the British Open, which begins Thursday, as he continues to recover from a knee injury that also kept him out of the U.S. Open last month.