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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 July, 2004, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
Johnson: USADA like Gestapo
Allen Johnson leans on a hurdle
Johnson is a US team-mate of Jones
World 110m hurdles champion Allen Johnson has leapt to the defence of the beleagured Marion Jones.

Jones is under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency as part of the probe into the Balco scandal but has not yet been charged.

Johnson said, "It's almost like USADA is the Gestapo, some Nazi organisation that's just out to ban as many athletes as they possibly can."

Jones' boyfriend Tim Montgomery has been charged with doping offences.

"It's not fair to drag somebody through the mud because of who they've fallen in love with," said Johnson.

"USADA should be on the side of the athletes. I was always under the impression that USADA was an ally of mine.

"Looking at the way things are going now, USADA is in the business of promoting themselves, and the athletes and everybody else is on the other side.

"They can be independent, but at the same time you can still help the athletes out as far as educating us on how everything works."

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