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Bissell fires O’Bee for unspecified ‘contract violation’

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jul. 31, 2009
  • Updated Aug. 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM EDT
O’Bee won his second USPro Criterium Championship in 2007

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The Bissell Pro Cycling team issued a terse press release Friday noting that it had dismissed Kirk O’Bee for a contract breach that involved a violation of the team’s “zero-tolerance policy” regarding performance-enhancing drugs.

Short on specifics, the team’s statement referred to “actions (that) are an isolated incident that occurred independently and without the knowledge of both team management and his teammates.”

The team also noted that O’Bee is now cooperating with both the U.S. and World Anti-Doping Agencies to address an apparent doping violation.

O’Bee, too, issued a statement noting that he regrets “that a mistake I made as an individual will reflect poorly on the entire sport. I’d especially like to apologize to my teammates and to my sponsors, and hope that my actions will not damage their good names.”

If the case is pursued by USADA, O’Bee could face up to a life-time suspension for a second doping violation. O’Bee received a one-year suspension for an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone ratio at the 2001 U.S. Professional Cycling Championships. O’Bee served the suspension, but said that the violation was triggered by food supplements supplied by a coach.

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