Everyone knew going in the Trevor Graham trial that it was going to be a public relations train wreck and a major distraction at the very least. And so far the trial has lived up to those expectations.
At the Adidas Track Classic press conference last Thursday, the reporters asked what seemed like an endless number of questions on doping in the sports. So far, there have not been any courtroom theatrics, and let’s hope it stays that way.
Marion Jones' husband injecting her with banned drugs. Tim Montgomery going into Mexico with an admitted steroids dealer to test his blood for drugs. Antonio Pettigrew routinely receiving overnight packages stuffed with the oxygen-boosting drug EPO.
Graham is charged with three counts of lying to federal authorities investigating a massive sports doping ring centered at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, in Burlingame, California.
Yeah, yeah. We know all of these sordid details already. Oh—and the government’s witnesses have accused the former coach of many great sprinters from the 90s and early 2000s of lying about knowledge of the drug game. While this is all shocking, for now track fans can hope for a speedy trial.
Is there a smoking gun? With just three months before the Olympic Games, let’s hope not. But the honest answer is that we will have to wait and see.
By Jay Hicks.