Dr Richard Freeman denies ordering testosterone with the knowledge it would be used to enhance athletic performance Ex-British Cycling technical director and Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton furiously denied claims he is a “doper” before storming out of Dr Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal. Dr Freeman alleges the testosterone he ordered to British Cycling headquarters
Ex-British Cycling technical director and Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton furiously denied claims he is a “doper” before storming out of Dr Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal.
Dr Freeman alleges the testosterone he ordered to British Cycling headquarters in 2011 was on behalf of Sutton.
In staggering, confrontational exchanges between Sutton and Dr Freeman’s lawyer, Mary O’Rourke QC, Sutton repeatedly denied this and her claim he doped during his racing career.
A livid Sutton then left the tribunal in Manchester after calling Dr Freeman “spineless”.
An official could not persuade Sutton to return and he is set to decide on Wednesday whether he will resume giving evidence, as planned, on Thursday.
The tribunal is set to resume at 11:30 GMT on Thursday, with Wednesday a planned day off.
Former British Cycling and Team Sky medic Dr Freeman is facing an allegation he ordered 30 Testogel sachets to the National Cycling Centre in May 2011 knowing or believing it was intended for an athlete to enhance performance, which he denies.
Sutton’s parting rant
After around two hours of increasingly hostile exchanges during Miss O’Rourke’s cross-examination on Tuesday, Sutton announced he was leaving the hearing and departed with an extraordinary rant.
Despite calling Dr Freeman a “good friend”, Sutton made a series of claims about his former colleague and called him “spineless” for sitting behind a screen as Sutton gave evidence.
“I’m going to leave the hearing now, I don’t need to be dragged through this,” said Sutton.
“I’m going to go back to my little hole in Spain, enjoy my retirement, sleep at night knowing full well I didn’t order any [testosterone] patches.
“The person lying to you is behind the screen, hopefully one day he will come clean and tell you why. He’s a good bloke, a good friend, I’ve no argument with him.
“I’m happy with what I achieved in my career, I wish Richard Freeman all the best going forward, no one is better bedside than him.
“Dr Freeman went through a messy divorce, he turned up to work drunk on several occasions – he was like the Scarlet Pimpernel.
“I covered for him when we couldn’t get hold of him.
“I’m not lying, I’ve told the truth, don’t ask me any more questions.
“I’m not getting dragged by this mindless little individual [O’Rourke] living in her sad world, who is defending someone who has admitted to telling a million lies to you and the rest of the world but can’t come out and tell the truth.
“He is hiding behind a screen, which is spineless, Richard, you’re a spineless individual.”
In public session on Tuesday before Sutton gave evidence, Miss O’Rourke said the defence’s case is that Sutton is a “habitual and serial liar” and “a doper, with a doping history”.
The hearing, which is to determine Dr Freeman’s fitness to practise medicine, continues.