The darkest day in sport law enforcement

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.”

Today we learn:

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?

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44 Responses to The darkest day in sport law enforcement

  1. Badjack

    What the hell is that sports reporter from The Australian going to do now..what’s his name..Patrick Smith. The poor imbecile will have a bout of apoplexy now that his past scribbling are looking like those of sycophant of the left.

  2. Alfonso

    It was only ever a diversionary attack organised by Deme to relieve attention concentrating daily on the Gillard disaster. Anything but Sport would not have worked.

    What a joke martyr dunce is Hird…..

  3. incoherent rambler

    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?

    I suspect they will take the court option. Spending more of our money will make them feel better.

  4. Labor achieved the impossible: made me feel sympathy for Essendon.

  5. lotocoti

    mØnty was not available for comment.

  6. stackja

    Alfonso
    #1337361, posted on June 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm
    It was only ever a diversionary attack organised by Deme to relieve attention concentrating daily on the Gillard disaster. Anything but Sport would not have worked.
    What a joke martyr dunce is Hird…..

    ALP diversionary tactics alway work.
    The MSM are helpful useful idiots.

  7. Robert Blair

    The AFL is a prime example of Conquest’s Second Law:

    Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing

    To me the AFL will never live down the stain that is Adam Goodes.

  8. stackja

    Robert Blair
    #1337389, posted on June 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm
    The AFL is a prime example of Conquest’s Second Law:

    Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing

    To me the AFL will never live down the stain that is Adam Goodes.

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  9. Baldrick

    A reminder of what Jason Clare (Labor MP) said on 7 February 2013, which shamed all Australian athletes:

    The findings are shocking and they’ll disgust Australian sports fans. The work that the Australian Crime Commission has done has found the use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs, is widespread amongst professional athletes. The evidence to date indicates this is not the majority of athletes, but we’re talking about multiple athletes across a number of codes, we’re talking about a number of teams.

    The findings indicate that drugs are being facilitated by sports scientists, coaches, support staff, as well as doctors and pharmacists. In some cases, sports scientists and others orchestrating the doping of entire teams. In some cases players are being administered with drugs that have not yet been approved for human use.

    The investigation has also found organised crime is involved in the distribution of these drugs. This is particularly serious. Links between organised crime and players exposes players to the risk of being co-opted for match fixing. This investigation has identified one possible example of that, and that is currently under investigation.

    These are the findings of this investigation. It’s cheating, but it’s worse than that, it’s cheating with the help of criminals. There are legal limits to the information that I can provide you with today, but I make this point. Don’t underestimate how much we know, and if you are involved in this, come forward before you get a knock at the door. The information and intelligence that’s been collected by the Australian Crime Commission means we believe multiple potential criminal offences have been committed and we’ve referred that information to the Australian Federal Police, as well as state and territory police.

  10. MemoryVault

    Thanks for the reminder of Clare’s speech, Baldrick.
    Given that it was said at a press conference, not in Parliament under privilege, I wonder if there are grounds for a group of sportsmen and women, and/or sports clubs and organisations, to commence legal proceedings for defamation?

  11. JohnA

    MemoryVault #1337436, posted on June 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of Clare’s speech, Baldrick.
    Given that it was said at a press conference, not in Parliament under privilege, I wonder if there are grounds for a group of sportsmen and women, and/or sports clubs and organisations, to commence legal proceedings for defamation?

    Indeed MV and Baldrick.

    And I think the first person/s to commence proceedings should be Tanya and James Hird.

    Then I think there should be a referral to the Victorian IBAC of the Board and organisation known as the AFL, for their complicity in this shoddy charade.

  12. Menai Pete

    Did anyone else notice that only male sporting CEO’s were paraded before the media? Curiously there were no female CEO’s present, especially one who was previously the Labor Premier of NSW

  13. Do I remember Senator Lundy saying to the effect – “If you cheat – We will get you”

  14. Rabz

    Which monstrous Gillard fuckup was this utter bollocks concocted to distract from, I wonder? Couldn’t be bothered checking, to be honest.

  15. Docket62

    And the sandal clad feminista bitch caro fucking Wilson (I’ve used her professional name) is silent. Her and that Cnut Patrick smith should be keel hauled. Sure I know we don’t have any wooden ships, but just for the hell of it, keel haul the fu$&ers.

  16. cohenite

    Sue hard, sue long and sue well.

  17. H B Bear

    Fat Andy – send in the clowns.

  18. Megan

    Fat Andy – send in the clowns.

    Fat Andy IS the clown-in-chief on this matter. He’s back-pedalling so fast it’s a wonder he has not fallen off his bike.

  19. Johno

    Given how crap my team is this year, I’m seriously considering adopting the Bombers as my second team, as a sign of solidarity for the crap that has been thrown at them.

  20. Doubting Thomas

    And let us not forget Red Bandana Man who, like Patrick Smith, has persisted in doing the ALP’s dirty work defending the indefensible against all reason. Wanker!

  21. David

    Sure I know we don’t have any wooden ships

    There are still a few around that could be borrowed for a keel hauling – after thirty of the best tied to a grating. Salt water is good for open wounds.

  22. David

    And the sandal clad feminista bitch caro Wilson

    Not your favourite person Docket?

    I’ll ring you in the next couple of weeks to catch up for that coffee.

  23. Let this be a warning to regular “joes”. You want the F&^%rs to make rules for your life and community? LMAO. Don’t think ya do!?!? OH BTW, the same beauruecratic mindset?…. Runs the curriculumn your kids have to learn. Scary isn’t it?

  24. Grandma

    ASADA can’t go to court – the Commonwealth purports to be a “model litigant”. Hard to see how they can do that with this one.

  25. Makka

    “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? ”

    They should all have the salaries they have drawn confiscated because they are all fkn frauds and have created this faux crisis simply to milk the taxpayer.

  26. Yohan

    The press conference was the work of Gillard media adviser John McTernan. Labor was under daily assault by the media, they could not get any air and this broke the spell. It worked beautifully, no matter the damage that was done to individuals, clubs and entire sporting codes as a whole.

    Remember McTernan was the one also responsible for Gillard’s brilliant anti misogynist speech. On the very day that Gillard was about to come under attack due to speaker Peter Slippers sexual abuse, twats as clamshells and other business, this speech turned the entire agenda and made it all about Tony Abbott having given a speech that has a ditch the witch sign behind him. again it worked beautifully.

    If only the LNP put as much focus and ruthlessness into their media spin as Labor does.

  27. johno

    If only the LNP put as much focus and ruthlessness into their media spin as Labor does

    Labor has a compliant media. They will run Labor’s spin without questioning it, unless it runs up against the Green’s spin.

    The LNP doesn’t have that luxury. Makes it a lot harder.

  28. struth

    These organisations, especially the AFL, have hopped into bed with Labor, and therefore I find it impossible these days to watch.
    To me , the AFL actually encompasses alot about what is wrong with Australian society, especially with the likes of Adam Goodes, and the indigenous rounds, the grandstanding fake hurty feelings and low class behaviour and so forth. It’s just a sad side show about making money, using boof heads.

    There, that should make me popular.

  29. john constantine

    demetriou is almost in competition with eddie mcguire in the hope of being drafted into labor ranks to be premier of victoria, if not prime minister.

    when even eddie the leftie can make televised jokes about the ‘issue of the week round’ the afl has jumped the shark.

    multi-millionaire socialist demetriou has changed the afl forever into something that an average working class family has to make sacrifices to afford to attend.

    multi-millionaire demetriou has made the afl something that forces its audience to sit through ‘re-education groupthink lectures’ as part of the cost of seeing their team play live.

    north korea has its beloved leader, demetriou is giving himself to the afl.

  30. Yohan

    Labor has a compliant media. They will run Labor’s spin without questioning it, unless it runs up against the Green’s spin.

    The LNP doesn’t have that luxury. Makes it a lot harder.

    Yes this is very true. It is 5x harder for them, but at least the LNP could be getting the basics right, which they have not been doing all year.

  31. Robert O.

    It has turned out to be just another example of Labor’s lack of sincerity, and also shows the naivety of its members Clare and Lundy.

  32. JohnA

    johno #1337956, posted on June 8, 2014 at 7:13 am

    If only the LNP put as much focus and ruthlessness into their media spin as Labor does

    Labor has a compliant media. They will run Labor’s spin without questioning it, unless it runs up against the Green’s spin.

    The LNP doesn’t have that luxury. Makes it a lot harder.

    And it isn’t quite as deep in their DNA as it is with other groups.

  33. watching it unfold

    To all those people who sunk the boot into Essendon last year and barracked for our demise – you all have egg on your faces. Take a good bite of humble pie and be on your way…..there are plenty of you. And for those who say its not over, I say, bring it on! and well see who deserves to be charged with breaches of the Act.

  34. watching it unfold

    Just one more thing, to the gentlemen of the AFL Commission – can you kindly give us back the 2 million dollars that you took from us. I am demanding an automatic inclusion in this year’s AFL finals, I also want two players from Gold Coast and GWS…and another 4 million dollars to the Essendon for pain and suffering.

  35. jupes

    What the hell is that sports reporter from The Australian going to do now..what’s his name..Patrick Smith.

    Smith has invested too much bluster in this to ever admit he is wrong. However he has already subtly changed the story. Sure, no links to organised crime or much fixing have been found and only ONE player in the AFL has had drugs detected but without the Blackest Day press conference there would have been for sure.

    Smith is a good writer but as gullible as they come. Vindictive too.

  36. jupes

    And while I’m at it. Can I just repeat my call that Fat Andy’s attendance at that press conference brought the AFL into more disrepute than every action by every individual and club who have been found guilty of that offence.

    By a mile.

  37. Dan

    Smith is a good writer

    No he fucking isn’t

  38. Docket62

    @watchingitunfold. … Nailed beautifully … You gets my vote

    @David. Looking forward to the coffee.

  39. Docket62

    “Smith is a good writer”

    And Julia Gillard was a good prime minister. Fuckwit.

  40. Obio

    I now find rugby far more interesting. AFL has changed almost beyond recognition. It’s all about the umpire and his whistle.

  41. Yohan

    Smith has invested too much bluster in this to ever admit he is wrong.

    No joke. He just went on and on about the story, repeated every rumour as if it was fact like he was on some campaign to destroy Essendon. There was no attempt to be even handed.

  42. Joe

    Obio.

    You may as well watch thugby as football under the “AFL” has devolved into a rolling or no so rolling scrum.
    The abandonment of the enforcement of “Holding the man” and “Holding the ball” rules has caused the current problems on field. An over supply of money has caused the rest.

    Bring back amateur sport!

  43. .

    Rugby Union is the only football the administrators haven’t killed with changing rules or isn’t full of dive taking cheats.

    They ruined Rugby League for me, made AFL “not football” and the dive the Italians took against Australia years ago ruined Football (Soccer) for me.

    The NCAA rules on showboating in American Football has lead to some crazy umpiring decisions.

    Thankfully, NFL is an institution and the rules are unlikely to change.

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