If true, this could bring MLB down hard on the Red Sox organization.
Already, their World Series rings from 2004 and 2007 are considered by some to be tainted, after knowing that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were among the players who failed drug tests at one point or another. Granted, pretty much every team has had at least one guy at any given time who has failed a test, but the fact that members of the Red Sox organization was encouraging it makes it look extremely bad on them.
Is it realistic that someone from the team suggested to Schilling that he should use banned substances to help aid his recovery?
Full disclosure: I'm a diehard Red Sox fan. I've been to around 75 games at Fenway since I moved back to Massachusetts in October of 2008. I have always been, and will always be a Red Sox fan.
That having been said... Yes, it's absolutely realistic.
The Red Sox benefited for years from a drug-aided Manny Ramirez. The same can be said for David Ortiz, who still vehemently denies all rumors of PED use, but just doesn't pass the eye test. Anyone with even a shred of common sense can see that there's a reason Ortiz's name came out as one of the players who failed a test, and it wasn't just a false rumor.
Players aren't done cheating, just because MLB has cracked down a little bit here and there.
Ryan Braun dodged a bullet when he failed a test for elevated testosterone, but is still connected to the Miami PED scandal, as is his Miami Hurricanes baseball team.
Victor Conte, one of the experts on doping, believes 60% of athletes are on some sort of performance enhancing drug, and refers to baseball's testing program as an IQ test, not a drug test. He believes that anyone can pass it, as long as they're careful, and has even spelled out exactly what players have to do to beat MLB tests.
Performance enhancing drugs haven't gone anywhere, folks. They're still alive and well in baseball, and the MLB folks really have to look at Schilling's allegations and decide if they're going to let it slide, as has been their modus operandi to this point, or if they're finally going to start taking it seriously.
The Red Sox organization might be a good place to start.