I’ve been waiting anxiously all week to see which domestic cyclists are going to get nailed to the wall for purchasing from Joe Papp’s online EPO store*. Although unrelated to Papp, the first suspension announced this week was Tour of Utah veteran Oscar Sevilla. Big surprise there, since he’s been dinged before.
*Seriously, how effing stupid do you have to be to buy EPO online using your credit card.
Today it was announced that Jonathan Chodroff has accepted a two year suspension for purchasing EPO from Papp. Chodroff has accepted the suspension and admitted guilt, something some, including Papp, are describing as “honorable.”
Hardly. There’s nothing honorable about cheating. There’s nothing honorable about admitting you’ve cheated after you were caught. Honorable is playing by the rules. Next to that is confessing, without compulsion, when you’ve made a mistake. But cheating, getting caught, having no defense, and then saying “OK, I did it” when you’ve already made the decision to retire and attend medical school sounds to me like you’re just trying to get it over with so you don’t get expelled.
As Turbo put it, “if you need to dope to be ok in the US, your natural ability is not very good.” But here’s the worst part: in 2007 when Chodroff purchased his EPO, he was a cat. 3. If you need to dope to be a good cat. 3, your natural ability is pathetic. Your honorability even more so.