Mr. Papp, having consulted with his attorney, will resume Cross by Mr. Suh.
A comment to TBV reports DPF has a post suggesting Mr. Papp's sanction was reduced from two years to 6 months in exchange for this testimony. A reporter here says his attorney has denied that.
BRUNET: Go ahead.
Mr. SUH CROSS:
q: who at the italian whistle
a: changed named to cinelli something, San Marino.
q: you were given drugs, but don't know exactly what they were.
q: who gave those?
a: sandro biachi, brother of the director; not clear of his relationshipt. We'd have meetings, and he'd show up with a backpack and a cold storage bag, and distribute doping agents and used medical waste and go away.
q: when you took these PEDs, did you ask what they were?
a: at various times I asked.
q: what were you told?
a: epo, hgh, cortisone, insulin, thyroid hormone, anabolic steroid, amphetamine.
q: testosterone also?
q: you are familiar with these?
q: when you went to south america, did you buy drugs and bring them into the united state.
a: I was given prescriptions for pharmaceutical products?
q: these were peds?
q: you're a trafficer too?
q: do you have authorizaton?
a: my understanding is you are allowed an individual use for 6 months.
SUH I'll move on...
q: as far back as 2001 you also took a wide range of PEDS, right?
q: do you have a record of what you took when?
q: so you took all these (lists) sometimes knowing what they were, sometimes not.
a: that's fair.
q: is it possible with the italian team and language barrier, you may have taken some where you had no idea?
q: you are not an andrologist are you?
q: no studies on testosterone, epo?
a: I'm not a scientist.
q: when you were taking T, was there ever a time... you indicated you had resolved your case with USADA.
a: I signed an agreement accepting a two year sanction.
q: is this public knowledge.
a: i don't know.
q: US ANTI DOPING REGULATIONS, ruld qq, Public Disclosure of Pending Causes. "no later than 2 business days..."
q: you resolved your case without a hearing?
a: I signed my agreement yesterday.
q: you resolved your case yesterday, just yesterday before coming to this hearing.
a: yes. I signed my formal document yesterday.
q: have you been told by USADA you would be investigated for other substances we've discussed today?
a: I don't understand.
q: Have you have conversations with USADA about these other uses?
a: I signed a document yesterday resolving the case.
q: EX GDC you resolved this right?
q: prior to joining the italian team, you were in full knowledge of what you were taking?
a: epo, testosterone, cortisone.
q: added T?
a: yes, 2005.
q: did you notice a difference?
a: yes i felt a difference, an additional benefit. it facilitated recovery on a daily basis. on days 2 and 3 I could do close to the same amount of work as the first. With EPO the most salient and tangible effect was I could go up a hill faster, time travel fast, my power increased on the one day.
q: your testimony is that all you were taking all these other things, it was your microdose of testosterone that affected your recovery?
a: it was the only substance that I took for recovery in a multi-day stage race.
q: that's your testimony?
Part 14 antidoping rules of the UCI, "Traffickling"
q: did anyone talk to you about your trafficking case?
q: you know the penalty for trafficking is much higher than for doping?
I lost a lot of this.
This is not among Mr. Suh's more honorable moments. But he has no Barnett at his table, so someone had to do it.
It demonstrates USADA's willingness to burn someone to get the high profile win they desire. This guy could name names (his US epo doctor), and they deferred resolution of this case from a June 2006 case notification until signing a formal document yesterday, so USADA could be in technical compliance with their notification rules.
Aren't we all enlightened and ennobled by this. Dance Monkey, dance.
Expect a move to strike as non-probative.