Once the world's fastest man, sprinter Tim Montgomery might just be the world's sorriest man tonight. NBC-7 in Virginia reports Tiny Tim's arrest on heroin charges yesterday. Not a timely arrest (as if any heroin arrest is timely) as Montgomery heads to court for sentencing on fraud and money laundering convictions.
The 33-year-old sprinter once dubbed the fasted human on Earth was arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing more than 100 grams of heroin in Virginia over the past year.
A U.S. District Court magistrate ordered Montgomery jailed pending a bond hearing Monday.
Montgomery pleaded guilty in the check-kiting conspiracy, admitting he helped his former coach, Olympic champion Steve Riddick, and others cash $1.7 million in stolen and counterfeit checks. He faces up to 46 months in prison when he is sentenced May 16.
Montgomery's former companion, Olympic goal medalist Marion Jones, currently is serving a six-month prison term for lying to investigators about her role in the check-fraud scam and using steroids
As with Roger Clemens, the question remains 'how far can these athletes fall?' Montgomery's former partner (ex-wife and current inmate) Marion Jones lost Olympic gold medals, scads of money, and all fan respect. Montgomery lost a world record in the 100M, scads of money, and now his freedom for some time to come. Others in the BALCO trial like Barry Bonds and Tammy Thomas stand to lose a great deal of integrity (?freedom) too.
Montgomery was linked to drug dealing in the past, just not quite as obvious as an arrest.
Montgomery's ex-coach Trevor Graham faces an upcoming BALCO perjury trial that threatens to blow the shorts off track and field.