Boxer who lost both legs warns against steroid use
Former heavyweight boxer Robert Hazelton has spent the last seven years having both of his legs amputated bit by bit. Former heavyweight boxer Robert Hazelton has spent the last seven years having both of his legs amputated bit by bit. Hazelton now finds himself in a wheelchair because of his steroid use. He's had more than 49 surgeries on both legs. Halfway through his testimony Tuesday at a House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security hearing, he paused to gather his composure."I sit here with no legs," Hazelton said. After another deep breath, he continued, "Well, it's because people didn't tell me. We've got to do something about this drug."At a hearing on the "Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004," Hazelton joined a panel including Rep.
John Sweeney, R-N.Y.; Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy director of the Office of Diversion Control of the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Ralph Hale, a doctor and chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's board.The legislation would add several steroid precursors to the list of banned substances. The body converts steroid precursors into anabolic steroids once they are ingested.The bill would also increase penalties for anyone who traffics in steroids within 1,000 feet of an athletic facility. Witnesses expressed concerns that steroid use by professional athletes will influence children to do the same."Keeping our children safe is more important than restoring integrity to the sports world," Sweeney said. Steroid use has been banned in the United States for more than 10 years. Since then, new products called steroid precursors, which don