Shortly after winning her second Olympic medal in two days, Carmelita Jeter found herself defending her relationship with an agent who was suspended as part of the BALCO investigation.
Jeter said she considers Mark Block ''a close friend'' during a news conference after she won the 200-meter bronze Wednesday night. Jeter also won silver in the 100 meters.
In March 2011, Block was suspended for 10 years by an anti-doping arbitration panel after it found he trafficked in drugs supplied by Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative and gave them to his wife, sprinter Zhanna Block.
When asked about Block, Jeter said: ''I don't know how some people are raised, but I was raised to always be friends with someone and have loyalty with people. If he got in trouble for whatever he got in trouble for, that does not mean that I don't still care about him.''