Conte's Attorney Accuses Montgomery of Lying
Graham's lawyer, Joseph E. Zeszotarski Jr., said in a statement that his client was cooperating with the government and was not a target of any investigation. He called Montgomery's statements "false accusations" and attributed them to a bitter ending of a coaching relationship between Montgomery and Graham.
Zeszotarski said Graham cut ties with Montgomery after his refusal to end his association with Conte and Charlie Francis, the former coach of Ben Johnson, who tested positive for steroids at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.
"The accusations reported to be made by Mr. Montgomery in his grand jury testimony are false and baseless," Zeszotarski said. "Trevor Graham has never distributed steroids or any illicit substance to anyone, and is in no way involved in any such matters. Trevor has told the Government this fact, and has truthfully answered all of the Government's questions. . . . Mr. Montgomery's false accusations regarding Trevor are refuted by, and inconsistent with, all of the other facts in this matter."
Montgomery said he warned sprint star Marion Jones, the mother of Montgomery's infant son who was once coached by Graham, about Graham's reputation and that she demanded that Graham provide her a list of all of the substances he had been giving her, saying she would take nothing further if it weren't identified, according to the report.
Montgomery was not asked whether Jones had taken banned drugs, the newspaper said. Jones has repeatedly denied having ever taken improper drugs.
Holley, who sent President Bush a letter asking for his intervention in Conte's plea bargain negotiations last week, said talks with the U.S. Attorney's Office had collapsed again this week and that it appeared that a trial was unavoidable.
"My only comment with the Department of Justice is that their offer to Victor Conte has gotten worse, not better," Holley said. "I felt, in the letter to the president, my offer was more than reasonable under the circumstances. . . . It makes me sad they do not want to go along with it. . . . The defense and prosecution are so far apart we're preparing for trial.
"It doesn't look like the administration is interested in settling the case prior to trial."
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Victor Conte's lawyer, Robert Holley, said sprinter Tim Montgomery, above, lied to grand jury . . .
(Lucy Nicholson -- Reuters)