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Wednesday 06, Apr 2011

  Olympic gold medalist falls to disgrace

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Olympic gold medalist falls to disgraceAntonio Pettigrew, a gold medalist in Olympic 4x400m relay, has entered into the disgrace zone by admitting that he took performance enhancing drugs.

Pettigrew is presently working in the capacity of an assistant track coach at the University of North Carolina. He never tested positive during his career in which he conquered World Championship gold over 400m in 1991 and world relay gold in 1997, 1999, and 2001.

Heredia recalled an incident during prosecution testimony in which Graham asked him to send by overnight mail a cocktail of EPO, human growth hormone, and insulin for the disgraced Marion Jones.

Friday 11, Mar 2011

  Pettigrew admits to performance enhancing drugs

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Pettigrew admits to performance enhancing drugsOlympic 4x400m relay gold medalist, Antonio Pettigrew, recently admitted to using performance enhancing drugs.

Pettigrew is presently an assistant track coach at the University of North Carolina. He never tested positive during a track career that also earned him World Championship gold over 400m in 1991 and world relay gold in 1997, 1999, and 2001.

During three hours of testimony for the prosecution, Heredia recalled one instance when Graham asked him to send by overnight mail a cocktail of EPO, human growth hormone, and insulin for Marion Jones.

Tuesday 10, Jun 2008

  Athletes as ‘cheats’, Angel as ‘teacher’, Graham as ‘scapegoat’ – the latest news on steroid scandal

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Sad, but true – seems to be the perfect description to the unfolding events at the Trevor Graham’s trial in San Francisco District Court.

As the trial continues and as Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia speaks from the witness stand, names of (formerly) elite athletes reverberate inside the courtroom. The names of Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, Antonio Pettigrew, Dennis Mitchell, Jerome Young and many others are mentioned, time and again, as if on a roll call. These athletes are accused of using steroids and now tagged as cheats.

There seems to be no stopping Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia from revealing everything he knows about the steroid use of former track coach Trevor Graham and his bevy of elite athletes. Graham has repeatedly denied that he had association with Heredia, a confessed steroid dealer and user. Graham insisted that he only had one innocent phone conversation with Heredia, and never met him or bought drugs from him.

But Heredia is saying otherwise. He said he and Graham had known each other since 1996, and the key government witness has taped conversations and photos to prove his statements. He testified that Graham back then had wanted a reliable conduit of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs for his athletes. Plus, according to Heredia, Graham wanted a mentor to teach him how his athletes can beat drug tests.

“Graham said he had read himself some books about drugs, but he wasn’t really knowledgeable,” Heredia said. “He wanted to have a source he could rely on, not only for stuff, but for not getting caught.”

Looks like Graham is now in deep legal and publicity quagmire. His former athletes are also pointing fingers his way. His attorney was saying Graham is being used as a “convenient scapegoat for their past mistakes and their past drug use” by athletes who have been caught using steroids and other drugs.

Other athletes go out and buy steroids freely while a few like Barry Bonds and  Graham are used as scapegoats by the government.