Following up on the drug investigation that has enveloped the football programs at Waterloo, Laurier, Guelph, McMaster, and possibly other schools, today we learn that three men have been charged.
Two of them are listed on the Waterloo roster: Matthew Valeriote and Nathan Zettler (both receivers), while the third, Eric Legare, formerly played for the Warriors (some time ago, since I can't find him going back to 2004). All three have been charged with break-and-enter offences, which reminds us that this investigation was set off when Waterloo Regional Police investigated a break-and-enter, and found substantial quantities of steroids and human growth hormone.
Zettler is the only one charged with trafficking offences at this point, a notable fact to highlight given that the player banned from campus earlier was done so in connection with a trafficking investigation. Both he and Valeriote have also been charged with the use of a stolen credit card in addition to the break-and-enter charges.
Valeriote and Legare have been released and their court dates are set to be in June. Zettler, however, has a bail hearing today, which I'm sure The Record will be all over. (And they are: this has now been posted, giving details of the alleged offences and of the steroids found by police.)
In terms of their contributions to the 2009 Waterloo team, neither player was significant: Valeriote appeared in one game and received one pass, while Zettler has no statistics listed. And as far as doping violations are concerned, we have no information at this point about any of the testing done on Waterloo players. Zettler has one year of eligibility left; Valeriote has three.
But regardless of what happens with these players, apparently many of the, shall we say, more crucial Waterloo players refused testing, which may or may not significantly affect the Warriors' lineup in the 2010 season.
(Unlike the last post, I'm opening up the comments here. Please keep it clean.)