Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has found himself caught in the middle of an embarrassing sports scandal -- and, for once, it has nothing to do with his team’s play on the court. Prokhorov allegedly paid a Russian Olympic athlete millions of rubles (the equivalent of several hundred thousand dollars) in hush money not to reveal Russia’s elaborate doping scheme. Whisteblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who exposed Russia’s doping scandal after fleeing to the United States, alleged in sworn testimony that Prokhorov paid Russian biathlete Irina Starykh to keep her quiet after she stumbled upon the scheme, according to the Wall Street Journal. Starykh was caught doping in Austria leading up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Rodchenkov claimed Starykh planned to expose the Russian doping program amid frustration over not being able to compete herself. The Russian biathlete never followed through on her plan, however, as Prokhorov, who then served as the head of the Russian Biathlon Union, intervened and paid Starykh to keep her quiet, Rodchenkov claimed.
Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Named by Whistleblower in Russia Doping Scandal
New York Daily News | Dec 9