Playboy Special Report: New Information Revealed in This Exclusive Inside Story of the BALCO Steroids Investigation.
1. HOW IT STARTED: The origins of an unprecedented multi-agency task force that began with a federal agent's single-minded focus on baseball superstar Barry Bonds. 2. THE UNDERCOVER ANGLE: Previous press reports have failed to acknowledge the role of an undercover narcotics investigator who trained with Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson. Undercover cop Iran White wore a wire and carried a weapon during these training sessions. As a result of a strenuous training session, White suffered a stroke and could not return to the case. White has never before spoken to the media about this assignment and BALCO. 3. THE TIMING: The investigation did not start, as previously reported, with a steroid-tinged syringe sent to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but with months of undercover surveillance. This feature takes a look at why the government moved on BALCO when it did and what it might have lost. 4. THE RIVALRY BETWEEN SPORTS GURUS: How BALCO owner Victor Conte's rival allegedly implicated him to the authorities.
This article is based on extensive interviews with White, the case's key undercover man, and on more than 60 interviews with dozens of sources during six months of reporting. "Gunning for the Big Guy" offers the untold story of the case that is making daily headlines and forcing fundamental changes within the sports world.
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|Date:||Mar 22, 2004|
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