In the middle of a tempest, Trevor Graham stays calm
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Trevor Graham strides into the quiet hotel lobby dressed in a bright yellow and orange striped knit shirt, denim shorts, Nike shoes and socks -- a vision of calm and control.He carries himself like a cat without a care. Pulling up a seat at a small round table, Graham, coach of some of the world's top track athletes, sounds more like a victim than a subject of hearings in front of the latest BALCO grand jury, which reportedly is considering whether he obstructed justice and whether he made false statements to federal investigators. Back in 2003, Graham was the whistle-blower who sent the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency a syringe containing the designer steroid THG, which until then had been undetectable.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alvin Harrison is one of a few athletes busted for steroids who's willing to take some responsibility for his actions. Harrison explains to ESPN.com's Mike Fish why he accepted a four-year ban despite the fact he's never failed a drug test.
'This is going to help you out'
The Jamaican-born head coach of the hugely successful Raleigh-based Sprint Capitol USA track team finds his name linked to steroids and doping like no coach before. His troubles boiled over recently when his latest wunderkind sprinter, Justin Gatlin, the 100-meter Olympic champion in 2004 and the co-world-record holder, tested positive for testosterone or other steroids.Earlier, Graham had been linked to at least a half-dozen athletes -- the most prominent is former 100-meter world record-holder Tim Montgomery -- who have received drug suspensions. And he has been affiliated with several other suspects, including 2000 Olympic Games golden girl Marion Jones, who have floated through his camp. Graham claims the number of his athletes who have been suspended is only four, citing Montgomery, Patrick Jarrett, Jerome Young and amputee athlete Brian Fraser. The New York Times has reported that Angel "Memo" Heredia, a one-time high school and college discus thrower from Laredo, Texas, has testified before the BALCO grand jury that he supplied steroids and performance-enhancing drugs to Graham for his athletes. Graham previously denied to federal investigators that he supplied drugs to athletes. On Tuesday, his attorney issued a five-page statement saying he had arranged a polygraph exam for Graham related to Heredia's allegations and that Graham had passed.