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Gauntlett says US arrest did not fuel World Champs pull out
2013-08-09 17:36:48 | (0 Comments)
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Jamaican quarter-miler Akheem Gauntlett has commented on his US arrest in June and subsequent withdrawal from Jamaica's IAAF World Championships team.
Gauntlett was arrested and charged for theft on June 14 by police in Arkansas.
In a release, the athlete outlined the circumstances of the arrest, saying it had no bearing on his decision to pull out of the Moscow championships.
He also committed to continuing his international career with Jamaica.†
"It is true I was arrested in June but it has nothing to do with my withdrawal from the world championship team to Moscow Russia," Gauntlett said.†
"I was arrested having accompanied a friend to the store. He was caught on camera shop lifting. It was three of us and we were all arrested. However I have since gone through all the legal processes and I have been cleared of all charges," Gauntlett added.†
"Since that incident I travelled to Jamaica to participate at the National Championships and I also represented the country at the CAC Championships in Mexico so this unfortunate incident could hardly be the reason I pulled out of Moscow," read the release.
"I look forward to one day representing my country again and I look forward to doing so with dignity and pride."
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