Sunday, October 7, 2007

Coria 'lost $12 million'

THE lawyer for Guillermo Coria told a jury yesterday the Argentine player had lost two seasons, millions of dollars and his reputation because of "sloppy manufacturing" that tainted a multi-vitamin with a steroid.

Trace amounts of a steroid not listed on the label led to a positive doping test and a mandatory suspension for Coria, who climbed as high as third in the ATP rankings, Coria's lawyer Will Nystrom said yesterday.

"To make matters worse, Guillermo was branded as a cheater," Nystrom told the eight-person jury in New Brunswick, New Jersey, hearing Coria's case against Universal Nutrition, maker of a multivitamin the player took.

If Coria prevails, experts believe it would be the first time a world-class professional athlete proved that a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs was caused by product contamination.

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