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Friday 14, Feb 2014

  Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

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Tyson Gay’s Doping Linked To Anti-Aging Cream

Tyson Gay, American track and field sprinter who last July delivered a positive test, is believed to have made use of a cream containing banned substances that the sprinter obtained from an Atlanta chiropractor and anti-aging specialist, according to a report by Sports Illustrated and ProPublica.

It is believed that Tyson Gay consulted a doctor in Atlanta who treats other runners and NFL players. The doctor, Clayton Gibson III, has a client list including names such as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, the late boxing champion Vernon Forrest, New York Jets safety Ed Reed, and Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee. Forrest thanked Gibson in 2008 on television for assisting with his nutrition program after the boxer reclaimed the WBC light middleweight title. The doctor is identified in a testimonial for a 2010 book on acupuncture as a personal physician to numerous elite, Olympic and Professional Athletes (NFL, NBA, MLB, USATF, and NCAA).

According to writer David Epstein, other athletes and coaches told him that Tyson Gay was assured by Gibson that the supplement cream was “all natural” and it had been used by NFL players who passed drug tests but Gay failed the test. Epstein remarked that the sprinter should have known better as the label on the cream is believed to have used starkly says ‘Testosterone/DHEA Crème,’ and lists Testosterone and DHEA among its ingredients. Both DHEA and testosterone are banned for Olympic athletes and two other listed ingredients, IGF-1 and somatropin (human growth hormone) are also forbidden.

Epstein was told by Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency David Howman that it is “staggering” for a modern-day athlete not to realize they were using banned substances. Howman added that’s where it falls into the level of negligence and remarked WADA expected athletes to be hyper-cautious about supplements given the history of high-profile positive drug tests linked to them but even world-class athletes are relying more on people around them to be responsible and then, when they get let down, blaming those other people. Howman added that athletes should understand by now that hunting for an edge in a cream or potion will often end badly.

The writer reminded sport fans about current Olympian Lauryn Williams who caused a stir when she wrote on her blog post that she was urged to consult a man a fellow elite athlete had called the “sports doctor of all sports doctors.” Epstein remarked though Williams did not identify Gibson but people familiar with the matter confirmed that Williams met with Gibson and the blog post was about the meeting.

Trinidadian Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who was in the training group of Gay, also failed a drug test in 2013 and it is believed that she also consulted with Gibson and used the cream. The bronze medalist in the 100 meters at the 2011 world championships confirmed consultations with Gibson but declined to comment any further until her disciplinary process is concluded.

A former All-Pro NFL lineman who claims he was approached by Gibson said the culture in today’s times is that if you don’t have all this extra stuff, you’re not winning.

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Tuesday 08, Mar 2011

  Former 400m world champion found dead

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Former 400m world champion found deadAntonio Pettigrew, the former 400m world champion, has been found dead in the backseat of his car in North Carolina. The cause of his death is unknown by now but Major Gary Blankenship, of the Chatham County sheriff’s office, said the car was locked and there was evidence that the 42-year-old had taken sleeping pills.

Body of Pettigrew has been taken for an autopsy but toxicology results are not expected back for at least four weeks.

The University of North Carolina, the employer of Pettigrew, had earlier released a statement confirming the news.

Wednesday 06, Aug 2008

  IOC officially disqualifies US relay team due to steroid and PEDs use

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sydney-olympics-steroidsThe disqualification of the United States 1,600-meter relay team comes four years after the team’s victory at that Olympic event in Sydney. The International Olympic Committee officially issued the disqualification on Saturday after Antonio Pettigrew, a member of the said team, publicly admitted steroids and PEDs.

The entire team is required to give back its gold medals to the United State Olympic Committee which will be turned over to the IOC offices in Switzerland.

The New York Times reports:

The International Olympic Committee officially disqualified on Saturday sprinter Antonio Pettigrew and his entire United States 1,600-meter relay team from the 2000 Sydney Games because Pettigrew admitted using performance-enhancing drugs at those Olympics.

Pettigrew, who never failed a drug test, admitted in May to using the blood booster EPO and human growth hormone before, during and after the 2000 Olympics. He returned his medal in June.

His teammates — Michael Johnson, Angelo Taylor, Jerome Young and the twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison — will also lose their medals. Johnson, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in individual events, voluntarily gave up his relay gold medal in July.

“We fully support the action taken today by the I.O.C.,” Darryl Seibel, spokesman for the U.S.O.C, said. “Athletes must understand that if they make the choice to cheat, there will be consequences and those consequences can be severe.”

At a news conference on Saturday, Giselle Davies, spokeswoman for the I.OC., said the board would wait on that decision, so they could see if any more information comes out of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids case.

Some of Pettigrew’s teammates have already been swept up in doping scandals of their own.

Alvin and Calvin Harrison have both served suspensions from the sport for violating doping rules. Young was barred for life.

Antonio Pettigrew’s admission took place when he was subpoenaed to testify in the trial of his former coach Trevor Graham in May this year. Graham was subsequently found guilty of lying to federal investigators during their investigation stemming from the BALCO Affair.

In his testimony, Pettigrew admitted that he had used steroids and PEDs as far back as 1997.

His statements surprised many, including his co-winner Michael Johnson, since he was never tested positive for any banned compound.

Johnson had given up his gold medal right after Pettigrew’s testimony. He said he felt ‘betrayed’ with Pettigrew’s admission.

Pettigrew has been retired from the track since 2002.

Saturday 21, Jun 2008

  Sprinter gives up medal due to steroid scandal

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Michael Johnson steroidsMichael Johnson felt he did not deserve the gold medal, and thus he decided to give it up. Johnson came to such a difficult decision after Antonio Pettigrew, his teammate at the 1600-meter relay in 2000 Sydney Olympics, publicly confessed that he used steroids. The US team took home the gold in that event.

“As difficult as it is, I will be returning it to the International Olympic Committee because I don’t want it,” Johnson, the former Baylor superstar, wrote in a column in Daily Telegraph in London. “I feel cheated, betrayed and let down.”

The gold medal is one of five Johnson won in his impressive career. He still holds the world record in the 200 and 400 meters. Pettigrew’s testimony means that three of the four runners in the finals on the US relay team have been tainted by use of steroids and other performance boosters.

Twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison, the other two members of the four-man team, were suspended for doping violations. Alvin Harrison accepted a four-year ban in 2004 after admitting he used performance enhancers. Calvin Harrison tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2003 and was suspended for two years. Like Pettigrew, the twins were coached by Graham.

Pettigrew was subpoenaed to testify in the trial of his longtime coach Trevor Graham. Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia, the steroid dealer turned prosecution witness, has mentioned several of Graham’s elite track athletes including Pettigrew, whom he said he supplied with steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Pettigrew’s name came as a surprise since he never tested positive for steroid use.

“The news that Antonio was scheduled to testify to having taken performance-enhancing drugs shocked me like no other drug-related story,” Johnson wrote upon learning of Pettigrew’s subpoenaed testimony. “…He was someone I considered a friend.”
During his testimony on May 22 in a San Francisco district court, Pettigrew acknowledged that he had used banned substances as far back as 1997. Graham was found guilty on one count to lying to federal investigators during their inquiry into the BALCO steroid scandal.

Thursday 19, Jun 2008

  Olympic winner gives up medal due to steroid use

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Antonio PettigrewHe used to be in the Hall of Fame, now Antonio Pettigrew seems to belong in the Hall of Shame. This came about after he publicly admitted that he used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in his testimony in the trial of his former tack coach Trevor Graham.

During last month’s trial, Pettigrew came clean about using banned substances erythropoietin (EPO) and human growth hormone from 1997 to 2003. Both compounds are believed to enhance the performance of athletes who use them. In his testimony, Pettigrew said that once he started taking banned substances, he was able to run 400 meters in the 43-second range for the first time. “I was running incredible times as I was preparing for track meets,” he said. “I was able to recover faster.”

Graham was found guilty of lying to federal investigators about his relationship to a steroid dealer. The steroid dealer, Angel Heredia, is the prosecution’s star witness in the trial against Graham. It was Heredia who mentioned the names of several athletes, including Pettigrew, whom he said he supplied with steroids and other illegal drugs.

Pettigrew’s decision to give up his gold medal for the 1600-meter relay, including all the other awards he had won since 1997, did not surprise many. His co-winner in said event, Michael Johnson, has also decided to give up his medal after Pettigrew’s testimony. Johnson said he felt ‘cheated, betrayed, and let down’ because of Pettigrew’s admission to steroid use.

The other two members of the relay team, twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison, are still holding on to their medals. The twins, however, have already been suspended for steroid use. Alvin Harrison accepted a four-year ban in 2004 after admitting he used steroids and other illegal substances. Calvin Harrison tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2003 and was suspended for two years. Like Pettigrew, both were coached by Graham.

Travis Tygart approved of Pettigrew’s decision. “It takes courage to accept full responsibility for such egregious conduct, and hopefully, Mr. Pettigrew’s case will serve as another powerful reminder to young athletes of the importance of competing clean,” Tygart said. Tygart is the chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which handled Pettigrew’s case.

The 40-year-old Pettigrew is currently an assistant track coach at North Carolina University. He was also penalized with a two-year ban from track. This penalty, however, was seen as largely symbolic move since he’s retired from track since 2002.