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Tuesday 22, Jul 2008

  Trevor Graham gets lifetime ban for steroids

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Trevor Graham steroidsHe used to be one of the most sought-after athletic coaches in the US. Now, Trevor Graham is banned from participating in any event sanctioned by several sports organizations – the US Olympic Committee,

International Association of Athletics Federation, USA Track and Field, and other groups affiliated with the World Anti-Doping Agency program.

On Tuesday, the former coach received the lifetime ban from the US Anti-Doping Agency for his participation in providing his athletes with steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

“While drug use by athletes is a serious wrong to be addressed with stiff penalties, involvement in doping by a coach is even more reprehensible and must be dealt with through the most severe of all sanctions,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement. “It is truly disgraceful when a coach uses his position to assist athletes under his care in doping.”

Graham is currently awaiting his sentencing in connection with his conviction of one count lying to federal investigators about his relationship to a steroid dealer. The steroid dealer, Angel “Memo” Heredia, has turned into prosecutor’s witness, who testified that he supplied steroids to several athletes through Graham. Heredia’s testimony led to the conviction of Graham in May. Graham is appealing his conviction.

Several of the athletes Trevor had trained included track superstars Marion Jones, Justin Gatlin, and Tim Montgomery.
Marion Jones is currently serving her six-month prison term for lying to authorities investigating her use of steroids. In October 2007, Jones admitted that she had used steroids before the Sydney Summer Olympics. Prior to her admission, she had continually and publicly denied her use of these banned substances.

Wednesday 18, Jun 2008

  Coach Trevor Graham found guilty in steroid investigation

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trevor-grahamThe jury announced a guilty verdict in the trial of former elite track coach Trevor Graham. Graham is the latest add-on in the score card of steroid prosecutors stemming from the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative steroid investigation.

The jury convicted Graham of only one count out of the three charges against him. The jury reached a deadlock on the two other charges because, according to reports, at least one juror was reportedly had doubts about the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness, Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia.

Graham was found guilty of lying to federal authorities regarding his relationship with Heredia, a self-confessed steroid dealer and user. Heredia has testified that he had supplied Graham steroids and other banned substances to be used by his track trainees.

The decision was lauded by some groups in competitive sports. “This verdict is another example of how the cooperation between law enforcement authorities and anti-doping agencies is allowing us to get at this problem in a deeper way,” U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said. “This verdict also underscores the importance for athletes to make good decisions in choosing who to work with.”

Graham did not testify in his trial; however, some members of his former roster of track stars did, including Olympic gold winner Antonio Pettigrew. Due to his public admission of steroid use, Pettigrew has been left with no choice but to give up his gold medal he won at 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Marion Jones, another athlete who trained under Graham, has been stripped of the medals she won dating back to September 2000. This after admitting she had used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

And it seems like the crackdown will not stop with Graham’s and Tammy Thomas’ guilty decisions. Thomas, an Olympic cycling gold medalist, was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice charges April this year. Many observers say these two trials are just warm ups for Barry Bonds. Slugger Bonds is also set to face a similar trial, which is expected to happen next year.