Who’s next in the drugs scandal?

For her part Marion Jones denied ever using performance enhancing drugs and this even after Montgomery admitted to doing so. In 2004 she insisted:

“I have never, ever used performance-enhancing drugs.” Consistent with her denials, she also sued BALCO founder Victor Conte after he repeatedly accused Jones of using performance-enhancing drugs and said he watched her inject herself.

However in 2007 she seemed to have had a sudden dose of conscience. She openly admitted to taking drugs. According to one report:

Jones said she took steroids from September 2000 to July 2001 and said she was told by her then-coach Trevor Graham that she was taking flaxseed oil when it was actually “the clear.” That’s a performance-enhancing drug linked to BALCO, the lab at the centre of the steroids scandal in professional sports.

“I consumed this substance several times before the Sydney Olympics and continued using it after,” Jones told the judge. “By November 2003, I realized he was giving me performance-enhancing drugs.”

She said she “felt different, trained more intensely” and experienced “faster recovery and better times” while using the substance.

In the recent past there has been talk of another scandal rocking the world of track and field a
thletics. One report puts it this way:

In April 2008, the New York Times reported that Greene had paid Mexican discus thrower Angel Guillermo Heredia $10,000, which Heredia claimed was in payment for performance enhancing drugs. Greene admitted meeting Heredia and making the payment, but claimed it was common for him to pay for "stuff" for other members of his training group, and reiterated that he had never used banned drugs

Of course the issue of precisely what constituted the ‘stuff’ he bought for others is yet to be revealed. If it is proven that the stuff was performance-enhancing drugs and that this was for fellow athletes then that would make Greene an accomplice of sorts.

The fact that Greene has come under suspicion in the Heredia statements may well mean that the entire HSI group of athletes are now under the microscope.