ASADA boss Ben McDevitt makes an astonishing admission:
“I’m passionate about knowing what happened at Essendon in 2012,’’ McDevitt told ABC TV.
“I think that we need to actually know whether or not the environment of experimentation described by (Ziggy) Switkowski was true. Did that actually exist?
“I can’t say that this will forge on regardless when I don’t know what Justice Middleton is going to determine.
“And when I don’t know exactly — for example, if (show cause) notices were permanently set aside, for example, and I would hope that wouldn’t be the case.
“If that was the case, then quite frankly I may well be in a position where I’m legally restrained and unable to take certain other action.
“But all I can say to you is, yes, I believe it is in the public interest to know what happened at Essendon in 2012 and I remain committed to that as an objective.”
So the show cause notices that have already been issued are a fishing expedition. He is hoping that players will plea bargain and ASADA ‘win’ the case, not on the actual evidence but on reducing nuisance value.