Track and field coach Trevor Graham has been charged with impeding the Balco investigation of drug use by some of the world's best athletes. Graham, one of the highest-profile track coaches in the world, has coached stars such as Marion Jones, Justin Gatlin and Tim Montgomery.
The indictment alleges that Graham lied to agents in 2004 by stating that he never supplied any of his athletes with drugs. The indictment says that, in fact, Graham obtained illegal performance-enhancing drugs and provided them to athletes he was coaching. And, it alleges, Graham also referred athletes he was coaching to an unnamed source to obtain illegal performance-enhancing drugs directly.
An odd fact of his case is that it was Graham who tipped off anti-doping authorities about the Balco lab three years ago, by anonymously sending them a syringe with an undetectable steroid.
Graham's prize pupil Justin Gatlin, admitted this past summer that he'd tested positive for testosterone. Gatlin, the co-world record holder in 100 meters and the reigning Olympic and world champion, was banned from the sport by U.S. Ant-Doping Agency for up to 8 years.
The grand jury that handed out the indictment against Graham is the same one that continues to investigate baseball star Barry Bonds.
At least one sports analyst says that Graham's indictment is good news for Bonds, as it means that the grand jury is taking action against the coach -- but still apparently doesn't have enough evidence to issue charges against Bonds.
Bonds, the record-setting outfielder, is being investigated for possible perjury and tax evasion.