Frankie and Betsy Andreu, the former a one-time teammate of cyclist Lance Armstrong, the latter, his wife, have been contacted by the F.D.A.’s resident expert when it comes to investigating the use of performance enhancing drugs, criminal investigator Jeff Novitsky, and plan on cooperating fully with his investigation into doping on Armstrong’s cycling teams, according to the New York Daily News.
The Andreu’s were in Armstrong’s Indiana hospital room visiting the cycling star in 1996, when Armstrong was being treated for cancer. When dr’s came in to question Armstrong about his drug history, the Andreu’s got up to leave but were told to stay by Armstrong. It was then that they heard Armstrong admit to the use of performance enhancing drugs to cancer dr’s–which they have since testified to under oath.
Novitzky has now reached out to the Andreus, who, after being subpoenaed in a 2005 arbitration dispute over victory bonuses, testified that they heard Armstrong confess in a hospital in 1996 to using performance-enhancing drugs. Betsy Andreu confirmed that she and her husband had spoken to Novitzky, but said they have not been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles that is meeting in secrecy under the direction of assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Miller.
“Novitzky has been nothing but respectful and fair to us,” Andreu told the Daily News. “We will definitely cooperate, telling the truth.”
Armstrong has vigorously denied doping and has hired a powerful legal team to protect himself from the investigation. His attorneys have called the government’s probe a waste of taxpayer money, and have attacked the credibility of a number of Armstrong’s accusers.
The news of Novitzky’s contact with the Andreu household was first disclosed by the Los Angeles Times, which reported that Novitzky had also tried and failed to interview Stephanie McIlvain, a friend of Armstrong’s and a representative of the Oakley eyeware company. McIlvain testified in the 2005 arbitration dispute between Armstrong and a Texas company called SCA promotions (she said she did not recall the 1996 hospital confession the Andreus spoke of).
McIlvain left a number of phone messages for Andreu in recent years, and now Andreu says the government has possession of them.
McIlvain, who worked for Armstrong sponsor Oakley at the time of her perjury, um, I mean testimony, seems perfectly happy to continue lying and obstructing justice for Armstrong.
I wonder how much it cost Lance to buy that type of loyalty.