A federal judge on Friday sentenced former NFL player Dana Stubblefield to two years' probation for lying to investigators about his steroid use.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston cited Stubblefield's later
cooperation with authorities in the BALCO steroids case as she
declined to sentence him to three months' home confinement, which
is what federal probation officials had recommended.
Illston said the sentence was warranted because Stubblefield was
"extremely cooperative" with investigators after he was charged
in January 2008. She also fined the 1997 defensive player of the
Federal prosecutors said Stubblefield turned over the names of
players, agents and trainers he suspected of drug use to federal
investigators and NFL officials. Prosecutors said NFL officials
have interviewed Stubblefield and are investigating his claims.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment. Stubblefield
declined the judge's invitation to say something before he was
sentenced, and didn't comment outside court.
According to prosecutors, Stubblefield received notice from the
NFL on Nov. 10, 2003, that he had tested positive for THG, which
was distributed by Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative and was known
as "the clear."
Three days later, he told IRS agent Jeff Novitzky he had never
used that substance, according to the court records.
Stubblefield, a three-time Pro Bowl player, also admitted in
court in January 2008 that he lied when he said he never ingested
the oxygen-producing drug EPO and he never dealt with BALCO's
founder Victor Conte, who served three months in prison for
Stubblefield played defensive line for the San Francisco 49ers,
Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders from 1993-03. He was the
NFL defensive player of the year in 1997 while with the 49ers.
He was one of three players fined by the NFL for testing
positive for the designer steroid THG, but he was not suspended
because THG was not added to the NFL's banned substance list until
after the tests were conducted.