SAN DIEGO (AP)–
Prosecutors say they suspect Chargers linebacker
Steve Foley was on steroids when he was shot
three times by an off-duty police officer.
"His history of
aggressive and even violent contact with law
enforcement indicates the possibility of more
than mere alcohol involvement," wrote criminal
investigator Dan Nordell in an affidavit for a
search warrant. "[Steroids] can cause erratic
behavior in those that use them. This has been
given names like 'roid rage for the
uncontrollable outbursts and violence
experienced by some users."
prosecutors requested a sample of Foley's blood
from Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he was
reported in fair condition earlier in the week.
no evidence that Foley, 31, was using
performance-enhancing drugs but want to test his
blood because the linebacker has had previous
run-ins with law enforcement, according to the
The NFL tests
players for performance-enhancing drugs but not
human growth hormone. Players are randomly
selected for testing and can be tested during
In 2000, Foley
told Cincinnati reporters he was in the NFL's
alcohol rehab program after getting a DUI the
John G. Phillips, declined to comment on the
"I have no
comment about whatever they're doing," said
David Levine, Foley's agent.
for the Chargers also declined to comment,
citing the "sensitive nature" of the
But the team
issued a brief statement: "The Chargers hope
that everyone will wait until all of the facts
are revealed and not rush to judgment."
investigators already have asked prosecutors to
charge Foley with misdemeanor drunken driving.
In the affidavit, Nordell wrote that Foley's
blood-alcohol level was 0.233 percent, nearly
three times California's legal driving limit of
0.08 percent, when he was shot Sept. 3 outside
his home in suburban Poway.
Foley, who is
6-foot-4, 265 pounds, was shot three times –
twice in the back of the left leg and once on
the outside of the left thigh – by an off-duty
Coronado police officer. San Diego County
sheriff's officials said the officer followed
Foley's restored classic car on suspicion that
the driver was drunk after spotting the car
weaving and driving at speeds up to 90 mph.
According to the
sheriff's department, the officer, Aaron Mansker,
followed the car for about 30 miles off the
freeway. The shooting occurred after Foley got
out of the car and began walking toward the
officer, who said he was armed and fired a
warning shot. The officer shot Foley after the
linebacker reached into his pants with his right
hand, according to sheriff's investigators.
Mansker has been
placed on paid administrative leave.
Since 1999, Foley
has been arrested at least five times, including
cases that police say involved alcohol and
confrontations with officers.
In April, he was
arrested for investigation of resisting arrest
after police said he scuffled with officers. He
also was booked for investigation of battery on
a police officer and public drunkenness, but the
district attorney's office has not pressed
charges. A spokesman for the district attorney's
office, Paul Levikow, said charges still might
be brought in that case pending the outcome of
the current investigation.
guilty to drunken driving in Louisiana in 1999
and received probation.