Haile Gebrselassie and Jos Hermens said The New York Times report by JERÉ LONGMAN on Haile Gebrselassie’s phone-tapping and blackmail is baseless and false.
Hermens said JERÉ LONGMAN’s report : “Hermens also suggested that Gebrselassie’s emotional decision to retire might have stemmed, in part, from political pressure he was feeling in Ethiopia. His phone has been tapped by government officials and he has faced some sort of blackmail attempt, Hermens said of his client.” is not mine, I did not say that and I did not suggest any thing like that at all. It is JERÉ LONGMAN’s fabrication. Haile Gebrselassie said it is unfortunate a media like The New York Times published these kinds of fabricated stories.