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Francis didn't run from steroids truth

Updated: May 13, 2010, 5:12 PM ET
By Mike Fish | ESPN.com

One particularly sunny day early last June, as he regaled a visitor to his Toronto home with tales of his headline-grabbing days in the sports spotlight, Charlie Francis abruptly picked up his cell phone and called his former protégé Ben Johnson, the onetime fastest sprinter on the planet who is remembered as one of the first marquee names busted for steroids. Within a few minutes, Johnson, who is 47 but still carries a muscular sprinter's build, sauntered into the Francises' second-floor ...

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