SAN FRANCISCO -- Disgraced sprinter Kelli White, one of
several athletes at the center of the BALCO scandal, claims a
doctor publicly stated she had narcolepsy to cover up her use of a
banned stimulant -- even though she never had the sleep disorder,
the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.
The paper also quoted grand jury transcripts in which world
champion sprinter Tim Montgomery testified that Dr. Brian Goldman
wrote a steroids prescription for him under a false name so it
wouldn't be traceable.
White told the newspaper that Goldman publicly stated she had a
sleep disorder, but that was part of a false story devised by Bay
Area Laboratory Co-Operative head Victor Conte to cover up a
positive drug test. In August 2003, White tested positive for
modafinil after winning gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter
sprints during the World Track and Field Championships in Paris.
Last year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspended White from
competition for two years.
According to White, within hours of testing positive, she phoned
Conte, who told her to issue the false statement saying she took
the drug for narcolepsy.
"It sounded good," White told the Chronicle. "It was a story
that Victor told me to use."
White said Goldman called her soon after and helped make up the
story for the news conference on Aug. 30, 2003.
"And that was my first time ever meeting, or speaking, to Dr.
Goldman," White told the Chronicle.
White admitted to taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs in
May 2004, and accepted a two-year drug ban that cost her a trip to
the Athens Olympics and every medal she'd won in the previous four
Goldman was an associate of Conte, who, along with three others,
were indicted in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on steroid
conspiracy charges. All have pleaded not guilty. Goldman, a
psychiatrist, hasn't been charged.
During several telephone conversations with the Chronicle,
Goldman declined to discuss White and denied Montgomery's account.
"There's just no story here," Goldman told the newspaper in a
June 25, 2004, interview. "I don't have anything to hide at all."
A message left on Goldman's cell phone Monday afternoon was not
The U.S. attorney's office declined to comment on Goldman to the
Chronicle in regard to the BALCO case. Robert Holley, Conte's
lawyer, declined to comment to The Associated Press.
According to the Chronicle, Montgomery testified about Goldman
during his Nov. 6, 2003, appearance before the grand jury
The newspaper, which didn't state how it obtained the testimony,
reported that Montgomery said under oath that Conte gave him a
steroid called "the clear," and that Goldman wrote him a
prescription under a false name for Clomid, which helped boost
Montgomery, the world record holder at 100 meters, hasn't
publicly admitted to taking steroids. His attorney, Cristina
Arguedas, was unavailable for comment.
While he has never tested positive for drugs, Montgomery has
been charged by USADA and faces a lifetime ban if found guilty.
USADA charged Montgomery based on evidence gathered in the BALCO