Friday, May 25, 1973
LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Los
Angeles Rams football player
Lance Rentzel was sentenced
Tuesday to 90 days in jail, fined
$2,000 and put on probation for
three years for possession of
Superior Court Judge William
Caldecott stayed the sentence
pending the outcome of an appeal
by Rentzel's lawyers,
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Charger drug"- Sorts of The Daily I
use: how much.?
SAN DIEGO ()-"Full in-
quiries" were promised by the
district attorney and two state
agencies yesterday into the use
of drugs by professional football
players in San Diego.
The California Board of Medi-
cal Examiners, and the Califor-
nia Board of Pharmacy took the
action in the wake of charges
made in a lawsuit by Houston,
Ridge, a former lineman.
A special consumer investiga-
tor for the district attorney said
the case has been "officially
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opened for investigation."
BEFORE HIS damage suit was
settled recently for $260,000
Ridge claimed he was made
vulnerable to injury by drugs
which the San Diego Chargers
ordered him to take.
But claims in depositions that
powerful drugs were given out
wholesale without prescriptions
were denied by Dr. E. "Paul
Woodward, the team physician.
"Ball players who have been
with the club a long time know
this was never done," Woodward
said in an interview.
AMONG. DEPOSITIONS taken
in the lawsuit was one in which
the team's former trainer, Jim
Van Deusen, said a nonprescrip-
tion policy was used in the case
of some drugs.
The sworn statement by Van
Deusen said big supplies of pep
pills were delivered to the
Chargers by a San Diego phar-
macist, using Woodward's pre-
scription authority. In 1969 alone,
the statement said 2,500 pep pills,
1;850 sedative-type drugs and
1,000 sleeping pills were allegedly
given the players.
Van Deusen said be some-
times put the pep pills "in an
envelope for the players." Wood-
ward was quoted as saying he
agreed with the system where-
by the trainer issued the pills.
THE RECORDS showing exact-
ly what was done with all of
those pills were "destroyed,"
said one of the depositions.
Woodward said the public was
being given "the wrong idea" by
news reports of the Ridge case.
Those pills, he said, included
"any kind of medication-vita-
mins, salt pills, everything."
The Chargers tried "what we
felt was the best way to keep
control over the drug problem,"
he said. "We tried to discourage
it. We never had amphetamines
out where guys could get hand-
fuls and all that."
Alouettes sing Rodgers' song
Johnny Rodgers, Heisman Trophy winner and Mr. Excitement
of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, decided yesterday to play his pro
ball for the Montreal Alouettes. Called "too small" to make it
in the NFL, Rodgers apparently did not accept the San Diego
Charger offer which would have made him the highest paid first
round draftee. The Canadian team agreed to triple pay if
Rodgers was cut or traded. Jimmy Jones, ex-USC quarterback,
also inked a Montreal pact.
Busted i Boston
BOSTON-Doug Griffin, the Boston Red Sox's spunky little
second baseman, suffered a fractured left hand when struck by
a Billy Champion pitch yesterday. Griffin will miss six weeks
of the thrilling. American League race.
Faster than a sp ding. . .
NEW YORK-Bob Hayes, former "World's Fastest Human",
is trying to re-establish himself in the pro track circuit. Thus far
he has soundly whipped the Eagles' Harrold Jackson, the Pack-
ers' Willie Buchanan and the Redskins' Clancy Williams in 40
yard races. The Giants' Rocky Thompson and the Jets' Eddie
Bell will be Bullet Bob's next competition.
SPORT MAGAZINE has- been tapped with a 1.5 million libel
suit, apparently over a case of mistaken identification. Former
Yank relief hurler Joe Page is asking damages for the maga-
zine's article which labelled him a "drunkard, barfly and brag-
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