Statement from USATF CEO Doug Logan on LaShawn Merritt's admission to the presence of the banned substance DHEA in an anti-doping sample:

04-22-2010

Contact:
Jill Geer
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field
508-520-1529

"We understand that Mr. Merritt's case is still ongoing with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and USATF awaits USADA's decision on the case. Any professional athlete in this sport knows that they are solely responsible for anything that goes into their bodies. For Mr. Merritt to claim inadvertent use of a banned substance due to the ingestion of over-the-counter supplements brings shame to himself and his teammates. Thanks to his selfish actions, he has done damage to our efforts to fight the plague of performance-enhancing drugs in our sport.

"Mr. Merritt has been an integral part of Team USA and the sport in this country. He has now put his entire career under a cloud and in the process made himself the object of jokes. In this day and age, a professional athlete should know better. Personally, I am disgusted by this entire episode."