SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The ex-husband of sprinter Marion Jones
appeared before the grand jury in the Bay Area Laboratory
Co-Operative case on Thursday, a day before the three-time Olympic
champion begins her quest to qualify for the Athens Games, the San
Jose Mercury News reported.
The newspaper said C. J. Hunter refused to comment when asked
why he was outside a San Francisco courthouse, but that his
attorney, Angela De Ment, said she and Hunter flew from North
Carolina to California as part of their cooperation with
Hunter, who won a shot put world title in 1999, tested positive
for steroids four times in 2000 -- when he was married to Jones.
Jones, who is scheduled to compete in the preliminary rounds of
the 100 meters Friday night at the U.S. Olympic track and field
trials in Sacramento, is being probed by the U.S. Anti-Doping
Agency for possible doping. She repeatedly has denied using any
Hunter spoke with federal investigators and USADA officials last
month. Jones was among the dozens of athletes who testified last
fall before the BALCO grand jury.
Meanwhile, a federal judge set a hearing for Friday morning on a
bid by USADA to get the grand jury testimony of four sprinters whom
the agency has charged with doping.
A source familiar with the investigation, who spoke to The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night, said
federal investigators have filed papers seeking to block USADA from
getting the testimony.
USADA officials earlier this week filed a motion seeking the
testimony of Tim Montgomery, Chryste Gaines, Michelle Collins and
Alvin Harrison before the BALCO grand jury. Montgomery, the world
record holder in the 100, has a 1-year-old son with Marion Jones.
Also Thursday, a federal appeals court in New York affirmed a
lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by middle-distance
runner Regina Jacobs challenging USADA's arbitration process.
Jacobs tested positive for the steroid THG at last year's U.S.
championships, and her case now finally could go to arbitration.
"We maintained from the beginning that this lawsuit was
absolutely without merit," said Travis Tygart, USADA's director of
legal affairs. "We hope in the future that athletes will not
resort to these frivolous attacks on the established process, which
is fundamentally fair to all athletes."
Montgomery, Gaines, Collins, Harrison and Jacobs all are entered
to compete in the Olympic trials that run through July 18.