The steroids probe that brought down Marion Jones has claimed it first NFL player: Three-time Pro Bowler Dana Stubblefield pleaded guilty today in federal court to making false statements to a federal agent about performance-enhancing drugs. Prosecutors alleged the former defensive lineman lied in 2003 about taking a previously undetectable steroid called “the clear” and the blood-boosting drug EPO.
The 37-year-old Stubblefield, who played for San Francisco, Washington and Oakland during an 11-season career, faces up to five years in jail but will likely draw a lesser sentence. Unlike baseball star Barry Bonds, he has not been charged with lying before the grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO), the lab at the center of the steroids scandal. (Read more Dana Stubblefield stories.)