The retired world and Olympic champion sprinter Maurice Greene has reportedly been listed by American federal investigators as one of 12 athletes accused of doping. Greene has never before failed a drug test.
American federal investigators have been nothing but thorough in their probe of doping in track and field, including naming former Summer Olympics 100 metre champ Maurice Greene in one of their reports.
According to the New York Times, Greene was listed as one of a dozen athletes by witness Angel Guillermo Heredia. Greene won the 100m gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Four of the dozen athletes, including Marion Jones, have already been named and barred from competition for illicit drug use.
Eight of the 12 - including most notably, Greene - have never been previously linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
"This is a bad situation for me," Greene told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "My name's come up in something and it's not true.
"I have met him (Heredia) before and when he was talking to me, I told him I don't believe in this stuff.
"I have met with a lot of people who wanted me to try this and that.
"Everyone wanted me to work with them. But me getting anything or doing anything? I have not.
"My stance has always been that there is no place in our sport for drug users."
Greene, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a five-time world champion who is now retired, has never failed a drug test.
Heredia, who is serving as the main witness in the case against Trevor Graham - coach of Jones, Greene and others - will testify that Graham supplied illicit drugs and advice to elite athletes.
The main witness against the coach, Heredia has said he supplied illicit drugs and advice on their use to Mr. Graham and his athletes, including Marion Jones.
While the Times stated that Greene has yet to comment, Heredia showed the paper a copy of a bank transaction form showing a 10,000 dollar wire transfer from Maurice Greene to a relative of the witness.
Heredia also showed the paper two sets of blood-test lab reports with Greene's name and age on them and an e-mail message from a close friend and track-club teammate of the runner, attaching one of the lab reports and saying, "Angel, (these are) Maurice's results, sorry it took so long."
Date created : 2008-04-14