April 18, 2014
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Former Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin has reached an out-of-court settlement with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, USA Track & Field and the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Gatlin had sued those groups in federal court, saying his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He said he was discriminated against because his first of two doping violations, in 2001, was for taking prescribed medication to treat attention deficit disorder.
Because that penalty was on the books, his second violation, in 2006, triggered a suspension that kept him from defending his 2004 Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Games.
Gatlin's lawyer says Wednesday the settlement documents are not final.