Patrick Arnold, who has been described somewhat unfairly as the chemist behind the BALCO scandal, was profiled earlier this week in the Hartford Courant
. Arnold attempts to minimize his role in the scandal, but does admit wrongdoing.
Arnold says he was never interested in marketing to big-name professional athletes - that it was Victor Conte who pursued that angle - and I believe him. Arnold always struck me as a guy who was trying to figure out how to do steroids right, and was primarily interested in integrating his chemical discoveries into mainstream bodybuilding culture.
Full disclosure: I was once active on some of the same message boards where Arnold posted his missives, and I did a cycle of the prohormone 1-AD back in 2000 (before it was illegal) after reading a summary of the compound written up by Arnold, who had developed and marketed it. I didn't make any muscle gains while taking 1-AD, but my energy levels went up. Surprisingly, the discomfort from a nagging, 15-year-old sports injury was reduced significantly and remains that way today.
[Man Behind The Muscles
- Hartford Courant]