The Canadian doctor who performed a controversial medical procedure on Tiger Woods is under criminal investigation for drug violations on both sides of the border, bringing scrutiny to his colleagues, including one who worked closely with BALCO athletes and Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez.
Dr. Tony Galea was arrested in October and his Toronto clinic was raided by Canadian authorities after his assistant was detained at the U.S.-Canadian border and reportedly found to be in possession of illegal drugs, including human growth hormone (hGH) and Actovegin – a drug extracted from calf’s blood that has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The Daily News has learned that the Buffalo office of the FBI is investigating Galea, along with Canadian authorities.
Galea and Mark Lindsay, a Canadian chiropractor who treated Woods and managed Rodriguez’s rehabilitation this summer from hip surgery, are principals at a Toronto clinic called Affinity Health.
Lindsay also treated ex-Yankee pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who was recovering from a hip injury, this year. Lindsay’s clients have included former NFL star Bill Romanowski, and sprinters Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones, who all testified in front of the grand jury that investigated the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative’s dealings with steroids.
Lindsay worked with Montgomery during the time that BALCO founder Victor Conte formed a group called “Project World Record,” intended to make Montgomery the fastest man in the world. Montgomery was later implicated in the BALCO scandal, along with Romanowski and Jones, and is now serving time in prison for heroin distribution. Jones served six months in jail for lying to investigators about her use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“Dr. Mark Lindsay is a world-renowned chiropractor that I met through Bill Romanowski,” Conte told the Daily News last night. “Mark is one of the best at active release techniques, and I referred a few athletes to him, including Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones.”
An interesting connection here? Maybe? Then again, almost 30 years ago, I went to High School with a guy who once knew a girl who used to visit another guy in prison…so, we have to be careful about connecting dots and drawing lines.