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    Doctor stands accused of prescribing steroids
    ESPN.com news services

    Four more NFL players are expected to be tied to Dr. James Shortt, the physician who has been accused of prescribing steroids to patients, according to an HBO report on "Costas Now."

    The network plans to air a story Friday night in which it identifies four previously unnamed NFL players as patients of Shortt, an alternative medicine doctor who remains at the center of a federal steroids investigation, according to HBO reporter Armen Keteyian.

    Keteyian said Thursday night that the piece will "definitely push forward" the story of the involvement of Carolina Panthers players and other NFL players with Shortt.

    Neither Keteyian nor HBO officials would release the list of players to be named; however, network spokesman Raymond Stallone told the Raleigh News and Observer that former Carolina defensive end John Milem would be interviewed on the broadcast "as a former patient of Shortt."

    Five Panthers players have already been identified as patients of Shortt, according to the report, and three -- center Jeff Mitchell, punter Todd Sauerbrun and tackle Todd Steussie -- were all named in a CBS report as having obtained the prescriptions from Shortt for NFL-banned steroids. Mitchell is the only one still with the team.

    Milem declined comment when reached by the Observer. He was with the Panthers for parts of the 2001 and 2002 teams.

    Keteyian told the newspaper that Milem will be presented as "patient zero" -- the first of at least a dozen NFL players treated by Shortt.

    Stallone said the program's extensive interview with Shortt will focus on what he was trying to accomplish in treating Panthers and other NFL players.

    The Observer reported in July that, according to two sources close to the situation, former Panthers guard Kevin Donnalley obtained the banned steroid testosterone from Shortt. Former Carolina receiver Nathan Black told the paper in May that he was a patient of Shortt briefly, but did not obtain steroids from the doctor.

    According to the paper, Shortt said in March that he had prescribed steroids in low doses to patients when medically necessary for healing and repair -- and not to athletes for performance enhancement.

    Shortt is under investigation by the DEA and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division for possible illegal steroids distribution.

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