Justin Gatlin says he will not be speaking to the British media because of their biased reporting and treatment
American sprinter Justin Gatlin it has been revealed is on a media black-out especially to British news houses and the BBC following 'hurtful attacks' and 'biased views' in reports.
Despite being favourite, Gatlin lost the 100m final at the World Championships by one hundredth of a second to Usain Bolt on Sunday, August 23.
The 33-year-old has often been referred as a 'drug cheat' following his ban from sports on two occasion.
Prior to the 100m final in Beijing, the race was hyped up as 'good vs evil' in the athletics world as Bolt received wild support.
BBC commentator Steve Cram could not hide his excitement after Bolts's win, saying: "He's saved his title, he's saved his reputation – he may have even saved his sport."
Footages were shared on Twitter which show Brendan Foster and other BBC commentators celebrating Bolt's win.
Gatlin however is surprised over the biased treatment of the media towards him considering that three other athlete- Tyson Gay, Mike Rodgers and Asafa Powell-who have served doping bans were also in the competition.
"Justin, as well as I, feel that the British media and journalists have been extremely unkind to him," his agent Renaldo Nehemiah told Owen Gibson of the Guardian.
"There's been nothing positive said about him now for some time. Every characterisation is solely about doping and vilifying him.
"So, to maintain his own dignity and self respect, he feels it best not to speak to them. It's very unfortunate, but he's been hurt tremendously by these attacks.
"And as human beings, we should be better than that. The BBC in particular should report without lacing their comments and reporting with biased views."
Gatlin could face Bolt today in the 200m final scheduled for Thursday and he also received some shades from his fellow athlete who made reference to the American's drug ban following his 100m win.
"I've shown the world that it is possible to do it clean," Bolt said.