Track coach Trevor Graham received a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday for his role in helping his athletes obtain...
Track coach Trevor Graham received a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday for his role in helping his athletes obtain performance-enhancing drugs.
Graham has been banned from participating in any event sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the IAAF, USA Track & Field or any other group that participates in the World Anti-Doping Agency program.
He was convicted in May of one count of lying to federal investigators about his relationship to an admitted steroids dealer. He is awaiting sentencing and has asked a judge to toss out his conviction.
“As greater progress is being made in the fight against doping in sport, accountability is extending beyond athletes to include coaches, agents and others who are complicit,” USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel told The Associated Press in an e-mail.
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Graham already was banned from all USOC-sponsored facilities and had essentially become a pariah in his sport, connected with many athletes involved in doping — Marion Jones and former 100-meter world-record holders Justin Gatlin and Tim Montgomery, to name a few.
It was Graham who anonymously provided a vial of “the clear,” a then-undetectable steroid, to USADA, blowing the whistle on what became known as the BALCO case.
At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Graham acknowledged mailing the drug and said, “I was just a coach doing the right thing at the time.”
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