Graham allegedly sent vial to USADA
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The former coach of three-time Olympic champion Marion Jones was the mystery man who gave anti-doping officials a used syringe filled with a new steroid, touching off the scandal now clouding preparations for the Athens Games, a newspaper reported Saturday.
In a story posted on its Web site, the San Jose Mercury News said that five sources identified Trevor Graham as the coach who submitted a vial of the steroid THG to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in June 2003. The newspaper said the sources spoke on condition of anonymity.
Graham's lawyer, Joseph Zeszotarski, did not respond to phone messages left Saturday night by The Associated Press. In the past, he has said: "Trevor Graham has never distributed steroids or any illicit substance to anyone, and is in no way involved in any such matters."
Graham has been questioned by federal agents as part of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case, which has led to indictments against four men and doping allegations against several top athletes -- including Jones and baseball's Barry Bonds, both of whom repeatedly have denied drug use.
Two of the four sprinters, Tim Montgomery and Michelle Collins, threatened with lifetime bans by USADA as a result of material seized in the BALCO case also were coached by Graham. Montgomery, world record holder in the 100 meters, has a 1-year-old son with Jones.
Jones has not been formally charged by USADA, but remains under investigation for possible drug use.
Jones, Montgomery and Collins all are entered to compete in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials that begin Friday in Sacramento.
Graham long has been suspected as the source of the vial that kick-started a probe of BALCO that already was underway at the time. USADA officials have said for months that a prominent track and field coach supplied them with the syringe and said it came from BALCO, but have refused to name that coach.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press