Trevor Graham to plead not guilty on steroid rap

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Here's an interesting peice on Trevor Graham from Gene Cherry of Reuters:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Prominent track coach Trevor Graham will plead not guilty at an arraignment on Thursday to three counts of making false statements related to steroid distribution, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Graham, who has coached top sprinters including Sydney Olympic triple champion Marion Jones and disgraced former 100 meters world record holder Tim Montgomery, played a key role in uncovering the BALCO steroid scandal by sending authorities a used syringe.

"Trevor will be pleading not guilty, and he completely denies the allegations of the indictment," his attorney Joe Zeszotarski said.

Graham is due to appear before a magistrate in federal court in San Francisco for the first time following his indictment two weeks ago.

A former Olympic competitor for his home country Jamaica in 1988, Graham in 2003 anonymously sent the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) a used syringe with small amounts of a previously undetectable THG steroid.

He later publicly acknowledged his role, and met Internal Revenue Service agents the following year to discuss the BALCO laboratory south of San Francisco at the center of a global steroid scandal.

The BALCO lab and its founder Victor Conte had links to top athletes in baseball, football and track & field.

The indictment against Graham alleges he lied during that testimony. More than a half-dozen athletes Graham has coached have been suspended for doping or tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Five people have been convicted in the BALCO scandal to date. A federal grand jury is still investigating whether baseball star Barry Bonds lied when he told a previous federal grand jury he never knowingly used steroids.

 

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