Conte, former trainer claim they saw Mosley inject EPO

Updated: May 31, 2008, 10:43 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Boxer Sugar Shane Mosley's former trainer and the mastermind behind a sports doping ring claimed in court papers filed Friday that they watched Mosley inject the endurance-boosting drug EPO in the weeks before a title bout.

Trainer Derryl Hudson and convicted steroids dealer Victor Conte said they both saw Mosley take EPO during a meeting in which Mosley was told the benefits and risks of performance-enhancing drugs and how to use them.

The meeting, they said, took place weeks before Mosley beat Oscar De La Hoya in a junior middleweight title bout in September 2003.

"Mr. Mosley admitted to me that he knew the drugs provided to him by Mr. Conte were illegal performance-enhancing drugs," Hudson said, according to the papers.

Mosley's lawyer didn't return a telephone call Friday. Hudson and Mosley parted ways in 2004 after Mosley lost to Winky Wright.

Hudson and Conte filed their statements, which were taken under oath, in U.S. District Court in response to a defamation lawsuit Mosley filed last year against Conte. Mosley alleges Conte, who founded the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, lied to reporters last year when he said the boxer knowingly purchased and used banned drugs.

In Friday's filing, Conte said he charged Mosely $1,850 for a shipment of the banned drugs and a doping calendar.

Mosley said he testified before a grand jury investigating BALCO that he took the drugs unwittingly and was misled by Conte into believing he was injecting legal supplements.

"I explicity sought and received Conte's assurance that everything he was recommending was entirely legal and authorized for use in my sport," Mosley said in a court filing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Parrella, one of three federal prosecutors involved in the steroids probe, didn't return a telephone call Friday asking if investigators were examining the conflicting testimonies provided by Mosley, Conte and Hudson.

A jury on Thursday found track coach Trevor Graham guilty of lying to federal investigators about his relationship with an admitted steroids dealer. Barry Bonds has pleaded not guilty to lying to the BALCO grand jury when he testified that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.


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