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Topic - Rick Collins
Did “roid rage” — a state of heightened anger and aggression linked in popular culture to anabolic steroid use — play a part in Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius allegedly killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day? If so, could it help in his legal defense?
Did "roid rage" -- a state of heightened anger and aggression linked in popular culture to anabolic steroid use -- play a part in the Valentine's Day killing of the girlfriend of Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius?
"The idea that you're using a steroid and the next thing you know you are becoming an irrational monster is a myth," Mr. Collins said.
"As a general rule, 'roid rage' has been a terribly ineffective defense when it has been raised," said Rick Collins, a New York-based defense lawyer who specializes in PED cases. "The idea that steroid use alone is going to be accepted as the sole and exclusive cause of violent acts is unlikely to be accepted by a jury."