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Can USATF Coach Jon Drummond Carry Your Drugs?

David Epstein, writing for Sports Illustrated and ProPublica, reports that a USA Track & Field representative and coach "encouraged [the] use of the banned products and transported them" for doper Tyson Gay.

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Epstein says sources close to the investigation claim Gay, in exchange for a lesser ban from competition, dimed out Jon Drummond, the chair of USATF's Athletes Advisory Committee and 2012 Olympic relay coach. Gay allegedly said Drummond gave him the nudge-nudge wink-wink for the steroid-laced cream, and furthermore toted it around for him.

Drummond and USATF have both been asked for comment. Neither has responded.

The implication that a USATF coach and athletes' representative is totally cool with American athletes doping is grounds enough to plead with the U.S. Olympic Committee to revoke their charter. Furthermore, it raises a couple questions:

  • If Drummond is acting as drug courier for Gay, were any of the other members of the former 2012 Olympic silver-medaling team also doped? According to Epstein, modern testing methods are rife with doping misses.
  • Or were teammates merely victims of Drummond himself being an enabler and gopher, now that they've all lost their medals? It's unclear how far the corruption has gone.
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USATF is awful for a number of reasons. But adding "drug lord" to the list is grounds for more serious action than Twitter chatter.

[Photo: AP Images]

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