SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The former coach of three-time Olympic
champion Marion Jones was the mystery man who gave anti-doping
officials a used syringe filled with a new steroid, touching off
the scandal now clouding preparations for the Athens Games, a
newspaper reported Saturday.
In a story posted on its Web site, the San Jose Mercury News
said that five sources identified Trevor Graham as the coach who
submitted a vial of the steroid THG to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
in June 2003. The newspaper said the sources spoke on condition of
Graham's lawyer, Joseph Zeszotarski, did not respond to phone
messages left Saturday night by The Associated Press. In the past,
he has said: "Trevor Graham has never distributed steroids or any
illicit substance to anyone, and is in no way involved in any such
Graham has been questioned by federal agents as part of the Bay
Area Laboratory Co-Operative case, which has led to indictments
against four men and doping allegations against several top
athletes -- including Jones and baseball's Barry Bonds, both of whom
repeatedly have denied drug use.
Two of the four sprinters, Tim Montgomery and Michelle Collins,
threatened with lifetime bans by USADA as a result of material
seized in the BALCO case also were coached by Graham. Montgomery,
world record holder in the 100 meters, has a 1-year-old son with
Jones has not been formally charged by USADA, but remains under
investigation for possible drug use.
Jones, Montgomery and Collins all are entered to compete in the
U.S. Olympic track and field trials that begin Friday in
Graham long has been suspected as the source of the vial that
kick-started a probe of BALCO that already was underway at the
time. USADA officials have said for months that a prominent track
and field coach supplied them with the syringe and said it came
from BALCO, but have refused to name that coach.