Ex-Falcon under federal steroids investigation

Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that former Falcon offensive linemen Matt Lehr is under investigation for allegedly distrubuting performance-enhancing drugs. Lehr was last with the Falcons in 2006. According to Schmidt’s report, one unidentified player that currently plays on the Falcons has been subpoenaed to testify in front of the grand jury in Texas.

During 2006, Lehr was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, in relation to steroid use.

Lehr comes under investigation due to the guilty plea of David Jacobs, a personal trainer from Plano, TX this past November. Jacobs pleaded guilty to federal charges that he manufactured steroids in his home from raw materials imported from China and then distributed them through his connections as a trainer. Reportedly, Jacobs ran one of the largest steroid distribution networks in the Southwest. Jacobs indicated that he had close ties with certain members of both the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. According to the Dallas Morning News, Lehr met Jacobs in the fall of 2006 which would coincide with his suspension.

Lehr’s lawyer indicates that he expects the charges to be dropped due to faulty information provided by Jacobs, and that Lehr has been fingered because of his refusal to pay Jacobs’s legal fees.

“We are confident that the more the feds look at Jacobs, the less credible of a source of information he becomes.”

— Paul Coggins, Lehr’s attorney

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