My original 9:35 a.m. CST message from the first thread, containing the alleged quotes from Kiprop:
Here are some alleged quotes from Asbel Kiprop, denying any assault and claiming a misunderstanding:
“I am shocked that the media went ahead to publish stories that puts me in bad light and misleading. We were from watching the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool FC that ended late at night. We were sure of not getting food in camp and decided to look for a restaurant to take dinner and that was the only restaurant operational by the time.”
“We approached the guard (Mukuria) who was manning the main door but we differed sharply. Moments later, he allowed us in after we informed him that we wanted to take dinner. But I was surprised with the lies that was propagated by the media.”
“I am a trained police officer, understand the law which I swore to safeguard and, above all, I cannot go out there and harass my fans. I have a big dream for 2014 in my athletics career which I bank on my Kenyan fans, Mr Mukuria included, for support.”
“After the incident, I received calls from people identifying themselves as journalists. But I refuted all the claims, they instead decided to malign my name. I think they associated the pistol with work as a policeman.”
These quotes are from a new article in Kenya's Standard Digital:
I'd like to believe Kiprop, and think that he and other top Kenyan runners could be subject to smear campaigns by people looking for payoff money, however I'm skeptical and think the jury is still out.
Perhaps he'll be able to run the upcoming XC race and will make further statements.