Sprinter Ben Johnson's invitation to today's Wayne Gretzky celebrity softball game at Brantford, Canada, has been withdrawn by the event's corporate sponsors.
"Ben is a very controversial person, and we felt it wouldn't be appropriate if (he) came," said Brian Cooper, president of Hollis Communications, which manages the event.
"It wasn't just a flippant decision. We're trying to raise funds, and by having Ben we thought we might have created a media circus that would have taken away from the charity and fund-raising aspects."
Johnson told a federal inquiry in Toronto last Tuesday that he knowingly took the steroids that cost him a gold medal in the 100 meters at the Seoul Olympics.