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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Seoul, South Korea: George Lewis) Canadian athlete Ben Johnson shown returning home after being stripped of his gold medal when he tested positive for steroid use. [Johnson's manager Larry HEIDEBRECHT - says Johnson's drink was drugged.] Korean video of Johnson drinking from someone else's bottle shown. Doctors noted asserting that Johnson had been using steroids for long period. [CanadaOlympic Association spokesperson Roger JACKSON - comments.] Heidebrecht noted dismissed from position as track coach at University of Texas in El Paso's after he made alleged payments to athletes. [Johnson's Dr. Mario ASTAPHAN - says Johnson didn't use steroids.] Penalties imposed against Johnson discussed. [Parliament member Warren ALLMAND - says hearing should occur before sentencing.] [Johnson's FATHER - defends son.] [Hurdler Edwin MOSES - urges random testing.] Advertisers noted severing ties with Johnson.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Seoul, South Korea: Robert Lipsyte) Ben Johnson's 100 meter race shown. [Cardiologist Dr. Paul THOMPSON - explains relationship between muscle size and speed; comments on Johnson.] [Dr. Robert VOY - explains effects of anabolic steroids.] [Physical therapist Jack SCOTT - comments on steroid use.] Possible steroid side effects listed. [THOMPSON - comments.] Bulgarian weight lifters recalled stripped of medals after testing positive for steroid use last week [SCOTT - says stars are no longer immune to testing.] [THOMPSON - says Johnson has lost everything.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In Seoul, VOY - comments on Johnson scandal and says person who administered drugs should be punished.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Lewis, George;
Lipsyte, Robert

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