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JOHNSON'S LAWYER BERATES ASTAPHAN

Dr. Jamie Astaphan was playing Russian roulette with Ben Johnson's health, the sprinter's lawyer said Tuesday, suggesting the Seoul Olympic disgrace was actually a stroke of good luck.

Edward Futerman maintained throughout cross-examination at a federal inquiry that Johnson's health was at risk in a steroid program spanning seven years."You were playing a game of Russian roulette with Ben's liver and with his Achilles' tendon," Futerman accused the doctor at the end of the day's proceedings.

"Perhaps he indeed is very fortunate he tested positive in Seoul, to ensure people like you would be exposed for what you stand for."

Charles Dubin, associate chief justice of Ontario and the inquiry's presiding official, chastized Futerman for making a speech instead of asking a question.