Barker: Salazar Files Protest Against Grunewald
by Jon Gugala
Dennis Barker, coach of Team USA Minnesota and 2014 USA Indoors 3000-meters champion Gabe Grunewald, says Alberto Salazar has filed of protest with USATF regarding contact between Grunewald and Nike Oregon Project's Jordan Hasay in the last lap of the race.
"[Grunewald's] still going up against [Nike, Salazar, and Hasay] right now," he says.
Barker says he was in the corner where the contact occurred and saw Hasay step on the rail that led to the stumble.
He says that the USATF committee has denied Salazar's protest, and that Nike subsequently appealed the committee's decision. A USATF jury upheld decision of committee, and Nike is now appealing the appeal.
"Once the jury upheld the decision, [USATF] released the results. They told us everything was over, and we were about ready to head out," Barker says. "Now it seems like the Nike guys are hovering around, trying to keep the committee there."
The coach says that Grunewald is handling this situation "as to be expected," but that, "contact happens, and there was a lot of contact from not only those two, but with other people. That doesn't mean a foul."