CAPTAIN AMERICA SUSPENDED FROM THE AVENGERS INITIATIVE BY S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has suspended Avengers field leader Captain America through the end of 2014. The American Icon, under fire by PED accusations related to the Super Soldier project, has been suspended immediately and without pay according to a press release.
S.H.I.E.L.D. announced Steve Rodgers, known more commonly to the public as Captain America, was in violation of the Wellness Policy originally put in place as part of the Superhuman Registration Act, one of the few pieces of the SRA legislation to have not been repealed. The suspension includes all field missions and training exercises as well as his clearance to enter Stark Tower and the Helicarrier, in addition to other classified locations. This makes Rodgers the first official super human to violate the drug policy, though not the first to abuse a controlled substance or enter into a rehabilitation program.
According to a statement by Director Maria Hill, Rodgers has accepted the punishment though denies any wrong doing or knowledge of banned substances having ever entered into his system. It’s a far cry from the aggressive anti-drug message Captain America has long touted, including the now infamous PSA shown below that Rodgers once heavily funded and supported with the cooperation of the FBI.
In a press conference held earlier today, Rodgers contradicted himself when he admitted to receiving injections from biochemists and strength coaches, but claimed that to his knowledge he had only been treated with Vitamin B12 shots and Lidocaine. The Vitamin B12 injections, also known as cyanocobalamin, do not appear on the list of banned substances drafted by S.H.I.E.L.D. and approved by congress. Previously Rodgers had denied receiving injections of any kind.
Fellow Avenger Clint Barton, publicly known as Hawkeye, displayed disappointment in a CNN panel interview alongside Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ben Urich.
“Cap and I have had a rivalry for as long as I’ve known him, and he’s always been someone I’ve respected, but I have to say it doesn’t feel good being lied to. I understand there’s a lot of pressure to expand the amount of time you have in this business but taking performance enhancing drugs damages the reputation of all heroes, whether they’re just someone who has trained their entire life such as myself, or someone who was born with their abilities or gained them from an accident of some kind. I use Bruce Banner as an example. If he had intentionally subjected himself to Gamma radiation we’d be calling for his head, but it’s generally accepted that he’s making the most now of an unfortunate accident. Taking experimental drugs to gain powers or abilities is the kind of thing you expect from the Green Goblin, but to find out our MVP has not only done it but lied about it sends the wrong message to children: It’s not okay to take drugs, unless you think it will make you really strong or something.”
Though the full list of substances may never be revealed due to reasons of national security, at the time of this writing Rodgers had tested positive for over a dozen Anabolic Steroids, Human Growth Hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, Luetenizing Hormone, Clenbuterol, MDMA, Pseudoephedrine, Cocaine, Ambien, Morphine, Medical Grade Diuretics, and Soma. It is unclear at this time why Steve Rodgers chose to voluntarily submit to a drug test. The fate of Captain America at the time, is unknown.
Guest Article by Danny Bell