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GETTING AMPED
Tom Verducci
June 03, 2002
Popping amphetamines or other stimulants is part of many players' pregame routine
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June 03, 2002

Getting Amped

Popping amphetamines or other stimulants is part of many players' pregame routine

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Several players said club trainers do not supply the pills but are fully aware of their extensive use and don't feel obligated to stop it. These days, in fact, it's not uncommon for players to bean up in the clubhouse proper, rather than back rooms and training rooms that are off-limits to the media, and to joke with each other about drug use. Last month a current All-Star, upon being chided by a former player about sitting out one game, shot back, "That's it. I'm going to take a couple extra beans just for you now," and reached into his locker for some pills.

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