Mosley Knew He Was Doping: BALCO Chief

Says boxing champ took steroids for de la Hoya bout
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 11:03 AM CDT
Victor Conte stands in front of a logo of Balco, his former company BALCO,    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – Shane Mosley was perfectly aware he had taken steroids before defeating Oscar de la Hoya in 2003, claims convicted steroid dealer Victor Conte. "He knew what he was taking and I told him that before he took it," BALCO founder Conte said. The prizefighter says he never knowingly took steroids and is suing for libel, the LA Times reports.

Conte, who spent 4 months behind bars after police raided his labs and found the doping calendars of top athletes, plans a tell-all book. Conte says he has calendars detailing  Mosley's steroid treatment in 2003, and some hefty BALCO bills paid by the boxer. Conte rubbished Mosley's claim that he thought he was buying vitamins, asking "You think vitamins cost $900 a month?"