BALCO Figure Offers Doping Info To Avoid Prison

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In a letter hand-delivered to the White House, defendant Victor Conte of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) steroid scandal, promised to provide revelations about athletes, coaches, and officials that would allow the U.S. to send a drug-free team to the 2004 Olympics in Athens in exchange for President Bush’s intervention in his plea bargain negotiations, the Washington Post reports. Conte’s attorney, Robert Holley, implored Bush to help the U.S. avoid “the shame of being branded a country of ‘cheaters.’ ”

Holley said Conte would assemble a team of experts and witnesses who could aid in rooting out performance-enhancing drug use if Bush guaranteed no jail time for him and his business partner, James Valente. Conte and Valente were indicted on federal steroid distribution charges in February along with Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds’s personal trainer, and Remi Korchemny, a track and field coach. “It is precisely because these are such difficult times for our country that we request your aid,” Holley wrote to Bush. “We, all of us, need to do everything possible to send a clean Olympic team to Athens. If we fail to do so, and the information about our failure is later made public, after the Olympic medals are given out, the results could be disastrous. . . . There will be hearings and lawsuits and medals will be taken away.”

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45045-2004Jun15.html

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