After the Times Union of Albany broke news that singer Mary J. Blige was going to be listed in a scathing report about steroid abuse in the entertainment biz, reps for the Yonkers native blasted back to the NY Daily News, “Mary J. Blige has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids.” That quote came from Blige’s spokeswoman, Karynne Tencer.
Although the Albany DA behind the report has yet to confirm the names leaked from the report (including 50 Cent, Timbaland, Tyler Perry, Blige, and more), the news account asserts that “Records shared with the Times Union and information from several cooperating witnesses on Long Island indicate Blige and other stars were shipped prescribed human growth hormone or steroids — sometimes under fictitious names — at hotels, production studios, private residences, an upscale Manhattan fitness club and through the Long Island office of Michael Diamond, a chiropractor affiliated with the celebrities.”
Diamond’s anti-aging program is run out of Clay Gym in Manhattan. So far, Blige and the other stars implicated haven’t denied an association with Diamond.
The big question right now is whether Diamond is the source of part or all of the DA’s investigation and, if so, whether Blige (and others) will simply claim that he’s lying — we’ll call that the Full Clemens. Then again, if the lawyers up in Albany are seriously considering filing charges against the entertainers, perhaps Blige may agree to testify and cop a plea. Maybe in exchange for a little Clemens-y.
If you’re still wondering why on earth rappers would need to take steroids in the first place, MTV news has an interesting take on that. In short, “The thought is that HGH specifically brings levels of testosterone back up. Dr. Barnes said benefits can include thickening of the hair and skin and ‘a luster again in the eyes and basically helping the body look more vigorous.'”
And here I thought Mary J.’s blindingly bright locks were all thanks to hair dye. You learn something every day!
UPDATE: Diamond has indeed confirmed many of the celebrity names in the doping report, the Times Union reports today, so it would appear that he’ll be playing the McNamee role in this new doping saga. Interestingly, the names were actually first discovered when authorities raided an Orlando pharmacy last year and turned up a folder marked “VIP customers.” That folder let them to Diamond, who runs a family chiropractor practice. But it looks like Clay Gym in Manhattan, where Diamond was a physical training adviser to the celebs, is where most of them hooked up with him. According to the Times Union account, his job there has been suspended.
(Blige: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff / Other photos: AP)