Jones' lawyers challenge evidence

Authenticity of USADA documents questioned

Track And Field

May 26, 2004|By THE NEW YORK TIMES

SAN FRANCISCO - Lawyers for sprinter Marion Jones continued their offensive yesterday in an attempt to clear her name in the BALCO steroids case, providing and discounting documentary evidence acquired by anti-doping experts that could be used to bar her from the Olympics.

Jones' representatives showed copies to The New York Times of several negative urine tests and a blood test purportedly belonging to her, a check written to BALCO'S founder, a ledger that seemed to list test results and a calendar bearing Jones' initials that appeared to contain code letters for prohibited performance-enhancing substances.

The lawyers strenuously challenged the legitimacy of these documents, which originally came from a file bearing Jones' name at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. They were provided to her Monday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The USADA is scrutinizing Jones and other track athletes, who could be vulnerable to suspension even though they have not failed conventional drug tests. The agency has not said whether it will attempt to penalize Jones, and she has vehemently denied using illicit substances.

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