Andrew Demetriou is looking worse as each day passes. Quite an achievement. This morning the Australian Cut and Paste section reminded us of several Demetriouisms.
Then there is the on-going Hird salary saga – Demetriou has promised to go to his grave on this issue.
It is understood that in a bid to resolve the impasse, the AFL suggested to Essendon that it should pay Hird off the books. Essendon and Hird rejected the idea.
Yes, well, there you have it. The AFL encouraging off-the-books payments to stop the CEO from looking like a turkey. A bit too late for that now, I suppose. It also raises questions about the integrity off all payments within the AFL. Obviously the AFL condones this sort of thing, or else it would never have made the suggestion. Yet the AFL has been known to crack down on off-the-books payments. So corruption is okay some of the time, but not all of the time.
Given that Demetriou went well out of his way to antagonise Chip Le Grand over at the Australian, I suspect we’ll be reading a lot more about the AFL and its selective morality over the summer.
It also appears that aspects of the AFL-ASADA scandal have been back-filled.
AFL integrity officer Brett Clothier provided a detailed account of the August 5, 2011, meeting in an email to Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigators on July 17 this year. The account was included in ASADA’s interim report to the AFL two weeks later and relied on to establish Hird’s “early awareness” of substances at the centre of the supplements scandal.
Mr Clothier’s evidence was added to the brief within hours of The Age publishing an allegation that Hird was warned by the AFL against the use of peptides in late 2011. …
It is understood Mr Clothier’s relatively brief, contemporaneous notes taken of the meeting contained no mention of a warning. In his email nearly two years later, shortly after midday on July 17, Mr Clothier provided more expansive detail.
Looks like an allegation of fabrication of evidence.