with an accounting degree, he was hired by the IRS-CI, as the investigative
division is called, and worked a series of drug probes. Before BALCO his work
intersected the world of sports only once: in February 2002 he was assigned to
a security detail at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
The government has
been coy about how Novitzky, who is married and lives in the Bay Area, came to
target BALCO. But one defense lawyer in the case got personal, describing
Novitzky as a "failed athlete" who was "jealous of all the
attention Bonds received." In the antidoping community, though, Novitzky is
viewed as a savior. Dr. Don Catlin, the UCLA scientist credited with detecting
the previously undetectable "clear" at the heart of BALCO, calls
Novitzky "my hero."
says Novitzky is just doing his job. But as the last person a cheater wants to
see, he has emerged as one of the most influential figures in the war on
and Lance Williams are reporters for the San Francisco Chronicle and the
authors of Game of Shadows.