Dead man walking

“The sanction to James Hird is 12 months’ suspension, is suspension without pay,” Mr Demetriou told Radio 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. “So it is incorrect that he is being paid by the Essendon Football Club.

“He is not allowed to be paid. I want to make that very clear.”

Responding to revelations in The Australian and the Herald Sun that the AFL and Essendon offered inducements to Hird — including the promise of suspension with pay — to accept a 12-month ban and drop his legal challenge against the AFL, Mr Demetriou said: “That never eventuated. It is one thing I will go to my grave on. I know 100 per cent the AFL is not paying.

“And I know that Essendon is not paying.”

Oh dear. Poor Andrew Demetriou just doesn’t know much at all.

… it appears someone forgot to put this in writing when the agreement to end the supplements scandal was struck.

So what we’ve got is the chairman of the AFL and the chairman of the Essendon Football Club striking an actual deal that the AFL CEO doesn’t know about and who doesn’t even read the purported agreement, the AFL commission doesn’t know about either but agrees to something-anything anyway, and it is the Essendon Football Club with a governance problem?

Update: This is how the Australian is reporting the story today:

… James Hird [is] under pressure last night to amend his employment contract to spare AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou a humiliating public backdown.

The Australian understands that Hird, Essendon president Paul Little and the AFL were locked in negotiations yesterday over how to extinguish a spot fire inadvertently lit by Mr Demetriou when he wrongly claimed Hird could not be, and was not being, paid by the club during his 12-month ban from football.

So James Hird must walk away from $1 million because Andrew Demetriou doesn’t know what’s going on in the organisation where he is the CEO?

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44 Responses to Dead man walking

  1. stackja

    Poor Andrew Demetriou just doesn’t know much at all.
    … it appears someone forgot to put this in writing when the agreement to end the supplements scandal was struck.

    Clare and Lundy are out of office. Should not Unhandy Andy go now?

  2. Talleyrand

    Watch as Andy the Fat displays unusual nimbleness and runs for a safe Labor seat in next years’s Victorian state election. Labor alas, has a good chance of winning in 2014, and no grand tunnel is going to change too many votes to Napthine.

  3. H B Bear

    Fat Andy is obviously not a details kinda guy.

  4. steve

    Let us watch the fat, hairy Greek tap dance his way to freedom

  5. Peewhit

    Andrew Demetriou is tap dancing his way around the idea that much of what the AFL does goes against the constitution. The whole draft scheme is unconstitutional. So is the idea that you can control the coaches. The reason James Hird was bought off is that if he went to court they would have had to roll over like they did over the Essendon doctor.

  6. james

    Time for the dancing obese Greek socialist bastard to go.

    Sadly he will just jump straight to a safe alp seat.

  7. Go Tiges

    The AFL has behaved badly. Many mistakes have been made. But I’m not quite sure that the misunderstanding outlined above is in the same class of governance failure as Ziggy’s findings in his review of the saga at Essendon:

    “a disturbing picture of a pharmacologically experimental environment never adequately controlled or challenged or documented within the club”.

  8. I find a reference to a public figure as a “dead man walking” slightly distasteful in this context. Demetriou does get actual death threats, you know. Perhaps a different phrase could have been used to convey the same effect.

    Hird is the one who is most at risk of his career ending, actually. ASADA is likely to ban him for life, or at least a much longer time than the AFL penalty.

  9. steve

    Hey Monty, how do you feel about “fat man walking”?

  10. JC

    Shut up monster, stop being precious. No one is threatening the big idiot. Everyone knows the context.

    You’ve been wrong from the very beginning on this story. Nothing you’ve read and then posted here as comments in your own words have even been close to being right.

    You really are the wrongologist extraordinaire.

  11. Craig Mc

    Whatever the AFL’s understanding is of an agreement, clubs would be well advised to agree with it. Take it from a Carlton supporter – you can’t win a fight with city hall.

  12. Dave of Cossack

    James Hird would make a great replacement for the big, fat, fairy gleek as the head of the AFL.

    The gleek is missing a few cogs in it’s ceiling after being promised a wink, wink, nudge, nudge by Julia or Kate when the communists needed a deterrence of how they are preparing the stuffing of galas in our great country.

    Sorry the rusted out ones he, the hairy arse greek, has in his boofhead shattered when they tried to use them!

  13. Mike of Marion

    This whole episode is so on the nose that the AFL would be dead set scared to go anywher near a Court.

    The AFL ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ and other back of beer coaster regulations would be savaged in a court.

    Mike

  14. Token

    I find a reference to a public figure as a “dead man walking” slightly distasteful in this context.

    The victim card. Really?

  15. steve

    Obviously any penalties were unfairly applied and should be removed, along with appropriate apologies, resignations and free baklava for life from the cafe the Greek opens after he is forced to resign.

  16. JC

    This whole episode is so on the nose that the AFL would be dead set scared to go anywher near a Court

    Please don’t use the word “dead”, as Fatboy finds it distasteful. Pity he doesn’t find donut hoovering distasteful too.

  17. Gab

    I find a reference to a public figure as a “dead man walking” slightly distasteful in this context.

    Distasteful, eh?

    It’s a phrase, silly, it’s not a death threat either. Now if it was something like these Facebook pages that crawled out from under a rock on September 8th, 2013, then I’d understand your wingeing complaint.

    “Tony Abbott should be assassinated” and “Tony Abbott should just die”.

    Suck it up, princess.

  18. Tiny Dancer

    Hey mOron, when’s Slipper taking the speakers chair, fatso? (Not a death threat)

  19. I did say only “slightly”. LOL at your predictable over-reaction.

  20. Nanuestalker

    You’ve been wrong from the very beginning on this story. Nothing you’ve read and then posted here as comments in your own words have even been close to being right.

    You really are the wrongologist extraordinaire.

    We all know what you are really saying JC:

    m0ron the donut eating pixel thief, is always dead wrong.

  21. steve

    I find a reference to Monty slightly distasteful in this context.

  22. JC

    I did say only “slightly”. LOL at your predictable over-reaction.

    ‘sactly, like I say you’re only just slightly supersized.

  23. Tiny Dancer

    Answer the question fatty.

  24. banz

    Monty

    would you prefer dead fat wog walking?

  25. Nanuestalker

    Hey m0ron, why do you love the Fat Andy so much? Does he always share his loukoumades with you, leaving you the last loukoumas of course?

  26. james

    Hey monty, how about dead, ugly, obese, slimy, sleazy, hairy, two-faced, four-eyed, socialist, Greek, disgusting, sweaty droplet of spittle in the arse crack of the universe walking?

  27. Rabz

    I consider mUttley commenting on this matter pretty damn distasteful, full stop.

    Go back to your blubbering over Bluddie Franklin heading north.

  28. james

    Nanu I think monty has been introduced by Fat Andy to a very special type of love once much favoured by the ancient Greeks.

    The shared food comes after the shared passion. After all, they are not animals.

  29. Nanuestalker

    James – Do you mean they are ruckmen who battle to see who gets the balls first ?

  30. twostix

    I don’t follow AFL but whatever happened to the Essendon doctor who visited the Mexican drug cartel? M0nty breathlessly said that happened and lectured how serious it all was.

    Oh wait, no, I remember. That turned out to be New Mexico, USA.

  31. JC

    Yea, that’s right. He thought New Mexico was in Mexico and the Doc was visiting the cartels.
    The Doc as doing a dutch auction, Monst.

    He deserves a serious whack over the ears… the big idiot.

  32. Eddystone

    I don’t follow AFL but whatever happened to the Essendon doctor who visited the Mexican drug cartel? M0nty breathlessly said that happened and lectured how serious it all was.

    Oh wait, no, I remember. That turned out to be New Mexico, USA.

    Dr Custer? The Alamo?

  33. Nanuestalker

    Stop being stupid guys. We now know that Dr. Bruce Reid & James Hird are deadmen walking following their recent theft of radioactive material from a truck in Mexico. Fat Andy has advised that cobalt-60 is a banned substance.

    (More on this breaking story can be found at m0ron’s blog.)

  34. Megan

    He’s not walking fast enough towards the exit door for my liking. Of course, if like Monty, you believe Fat Andy is actually dead in this context, then his slow pace is entirely unsurprising.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    Prediction: James Hird coaches a premiership before mOnty sees his cock without a mirror.

  36. Andrew

    You’ve been wrong from the very beginning on this every story. Nothing you’ve read and then posted here as comments in your own words have even been close to being right.

  37. Mike of Marion

    Demetriou is hanging onto the $2M gig until nominations for the VIC Election are called, then he is shooting for Premier of Victoria!!!

  38. Sinclair Davidson

    m0nty – I’m just reminding everyone that Demetriou has broken a promise.

  39. Token

    THE Essendon supplements scandal has taken a bizarre twist, with suspended coach James Hird under pressure last night to amend his employment contract to spare AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou a humiliating public backdown.

    I’d laugh about how wrong the Lord of the Wrongs was again if Fat Andy wasn’t earning so much money as he continues to bring the sport into disrepute:

    Demetriou is hanging onto the $2M gig

  40. Megan

    I hope James does not fold like the proverbial pack of cards this time around. Let Fat Andy swing in the wind, I say.

  41. SteveC

    Of course it’s unlikely Hird and Essendon club were involved in any “under the counter” negotiations over being paid while on unpaid suspension etc, given they have been paragons of virtue so far. Lifetime ban can’t come soon enough for Hird.

  42. Leigh Lowe

    I see the donut addicts (mUnter and Fat Andy) are sticking together.
    Why the fuck is Essendon in face-saving talks with Fat Andy?
    Let the greaseball swing.
    As for Hird being “under pressure” to cave in, I dare say his first glass of Burgundy at Maxim’s will go down pretty well tonight.

  43. Dave of Cossack

    Is it fat Andy that sings or the fat lady at the end of all this?

  44. jupes

    Fat Andy:

    Vehemently declared that the AFL would not settle with Bruce Reid (while abusing the journalist who reported that they would). That was on a Friday IIRC. On the following Tuesday the AFL settled with Bruce Reid.

    Was in tacit agreement with TLS’ ministers 10 months ago while they and the gormless ACC claimed the AFL was being influenced by organised crime, match fixing and doping. Since then the amount of evidence produced to support this claim has been precisely zero.

    Now the Fatster has been caught out again. There is no excuse for the board not to sack him now.

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