This is what Jason Clare said last year:
“The findings are shocking and will disgust Australian sports fans,” he said.
“It’s cheating but it’s worse than that.
“It’s cheating with the help of criminals.”
THE Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s star witness against Essendon has been arrested on drug charges by anti-gangland detectives in a dramatic blow to its 16-month pursuit of the AFL club.
The Weekend Australian can reveal biochemist Shane Charter was intercepted at Melbourne’s international airport as part of a broad investigation into criminal activity associated with the importation and supply of peptide hormones.
The case against Essendon players hinges on the evidence of Mr Charter, who previously served a two-year jail term for importing a commercial quantity of pseudoephedrine, a precursor for the manufacture of methamphetamines.
ASADA, in its interim report, depicted Mr Charter as a well-educated, reformed character.
“Mr Charter essentially described his motivation as being altruistic, borne of a life almost lost due to the use and misuse of performance-enhancing drugs,’’ the report noted.
Since last August, when the AFL relied on the report to dump Essendon from the finals series, suspend senior coach James Hird for a year and impose sanctions against other senior club officials, Mr Charter has been linked to alleged gangland money lender Tom Karas.
How much worse can it get? We now understand why John Fahey and Andrew Demetriou have been backpedaling from the whole scandal.
This leaves ASADA in a very difficult position. They don’t have a case that’s going to stand up, yet as a bureaucracy it has to justify their wastage of taxpayer funds. So do they brazen it out and issue show cause notices and get crucified in the courts, or do they back away and hope nobody notices?