- John Wylie, the Australian Sports Commission chairman proposed a settlement deal in an email sent on August 23 to Essendon chairman Paul Little
- Coach James Hird was to be offered an “outstanding career development opportunity”, retain his status as an AFL legend plus be guaranteed a salary in 2014
- The deal required Hird to accept a 12-month ban and drop all legal action against the league
- In exchange for taking responsibility for inadequate governance, charges of bringing the game into disrepute and promoting unethical behaviour were to be dropped
- An offer to allow Hird a full salary for the duration of his ban was discussed. Hird agreed to the 12-month ban but not without a two-year contract extension
But wait. There is more.
The Herald Sun tonight will reveal new details in the Essendon saga.