Two very good analyses caught my eye today:
The two most stunning admissions from [head of ASADA Ben] McDevitt would come via an interview on ABC radio with host Gerard Whateley and journalist from The Australian, Chip Le Grand this past Saturday, June 14, 2014.
The first was that no player and indeed no other sportsperson would be charged by ASADA for use of controversial drug AOD9604 prior to April 22nd 2013, the day the World Anti Doping body WADA would proclaim it to be banned.
This one has somehow flown largely under the radar, incredibly. Well not ‘somehow’, it’s flown under the radar because the vast majority of people paid to talk about football in this country relentlessly smeared Essendon’s reputation last year based largely on the players alleged use of the drug. You see it was really Essendon’s alleged use of AOD9604 that sunk them with most of Melbourne’s footy media and the country’s football loving public for the majority of 2013.
The second incredible admission from McDevitt in the same interview with the excellent Whateley and Le Grand was that he was “unsure what the burden of proof was for ASADA to achieve a supsension” on the Essendon players.
So the man who had spent the entire day making a point of telling the world that it was his decision and his decision alone to issue the players with show cause notices, notices he’d issued because he felt there was enough evidence to eventually garner bans against the players; admitted on the same day that he didn’t know what his burden of proof was to win such a case and achieve those bans.
McDevitt’s alternative to pushing ahead to the show-cause stage was to dismiss all cases and start his tenure with his agency a laughing stock, its credibility and morale shattered.
No wonder ASADA is angling for plea bargains.
And also saying it will accept the Federal Court’s call if its investigation is ruled invalid and its evidence unusable – which one suspects might come as a quiet relief to McDevitt.
The bottom line is this:
When was the last time you saw a prosecutor who believed he had his accused beaten in a watertight case go on TV to publicly offer them a 75% reduction of their sentence?
Both pieces are well worth reading in full.