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Ward is second to be cleared

Updated: September 17, 2004, 9:48 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- For the second time in less than a month, an Air Force Academy football player has been cleared of taking illegal steroids after insisting on the stand that he believed the drugs were simply supplements.

A jury cleared running back Matthew Ward, 21, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday after a few hours of deliberation. Ward testified he had inadvertently used illegal steroids, and denied taking them to make him faster and stronger for football.

"I do not need to cheat ...

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