You mean you don’t know?

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.

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27 Responses to You mean you don’t know?

  1. Mike of Marion

    He should be immediately disqualified from any more investigations – his vision is clouded.

  2. Alfonso

    Asada better have blood / urine test results and they better indicate more than halfarsed “undocumented” dietary supplements ……Courts don’t like tainted uppity political Authorities.

  3. Robbo

    As this mess has meandered on I have come to the conclusion that Essendon Football Club, its players and its coaching staff can now be considered victims of incompetence and political skullduggery. The incompetence can be laid at the feet of ASADA and the AFL. The political skulduggery can be attributed to Julia Gillard who wanted to use allegations of doping to draw attention away from the mess she and Rudd had made governing this country. Surely the time has come for the AFL and ASADA to pull their respective heads well and truly in and let Essendon get back to their core business of playing football games.

  4. P Drummond

    A careful reading would show the Switkowski report did not claim that an environment of pharmaceutical experimentation actually existed at Essendon. Rather it concluded that management failures left the Club exposed to these types of allegations. Switkowski had nothing at all to say as to whether supplements used at Essendon were legal or otherwise. For McDevitt to even mention this report now confirms they have nothing else. Joke meet Farce. Farce meet Travesty.

    At this stage ASADA (and the AFL) must be desperate for any outcome that would conceal the fact that no evidence exists or ever existed of illegal substance use at Essendon. Many millions of compensation dollars are now at stake. The hardest choice for the victims will be who to sue first.

  5. James in Melbourne

    The whole thing is an absolute joke. The only person who knows what the Essendon players were actually given is Stephen Dank. He does not want to talk, unless it is for a paid gig. No entity in the land seems able or willing to drag him in and ask him under oath what he gave the players. So while he swans around unconcerned and treats the various investigations with utter contempt, so will I. And yes I am an Essendon supporter.

  6. Alfonso

    IF Benny is attempting to blackmail a guilty plea without sufficient evidence to convict in a Court ….. Benny can have his own potential legal problems.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Well the Cronulla players were offered a backdated 1 year suspension which amounts to whole 3 weeks on the sidelines, since they are the cellar dwellers and aren’t going to be in the finals. Ludicrous.

    The case against Cronulla seemed tighter than the one against Essendon since they were caught injecting horse drugs. But they were smitten with a feather not a horsewhip.

    So on that basis I’d say ASADA will hit Essendon with an even more terrifyingly fierce penalty such as 5 year suspensions backdated 6 years.

  8. Grandma

    The process is the punishment……..

  9. Ant

    Funny how when you mix politicians and lawyers in a pot the result is always manure.

  10. Bob

    “I’m passionate about knowing what happened at Essendon in 2012,’’ McDevitt told ABC TV.”

    Tip: If a statement or comment includes leaky boats, passionate, close knit, nightmare, stunned, horrific or icon move onto the next item.

  11. I’m a double red-and-white for life. Yet ASADA has done the impossible: made me feel sympathy for Cronulla and Essendon.

  12. struth

    So much of this is going on everywhere .

  13. Old School Conservative

    The process is the punishment……..

    Yes, undoubtedly. The Cronulla players appear to have weighed up the effective 3 week ban against an expensive, drawn out legal battle and taken the line of least resistance.

  14. .

    If everyone resisted the shit brained, repressive laws and regulation of the land within the legal system, the carnival of stupidity, tyranny, pettiness and waste would end.

    Ideally a libertarian charity would financially and otherwise pro actively enable such legal system based responses to occur.

  15. Watching It Unfold

    Let me see, the tools that I can use are media manipulation, intimidation and putting a rather large book on a desk – this is all I have. Yes ASADA, a tool/s is all you have to get yourself by.

  16. steve

    The Cronulla situation is interesting. May I paraphrase ASADA…….

    “If you admit you were a dirty stinking drug cheat, we will ban you for three weeks, however, if you are adamant that you are innocent, we will ban you for you two years”

  17. The whole thing is an absolute joke. The only person who knows what the Essendon players were actually given is Stephen Dank. He does not want to talk, unless it is for a paid gig. No entity in the land seems able or willing to drag him in and ask him under oath what he gave the players. So while he swans around unconcerned and treats the various investigations with utter contempt, so will I. And yes I am an Essendon supporter.

    And this is the crux of the matter. If it is a matter of justice, then that cannot be achieved by punishing everyone involved except the ringleader. That makes it no only an injustice, but a complete farce as well. It’s a bit like punishing the junkies and ignoring the drug lord who is widely known publicly for fear of being sued. This leaves ASADA with no credibility whatsoever.

    Shall I cue the mantra?

  18. Tom

    I’m passionate about knowing what happened at Essendon in 2012

    Absolutely, gobsmackingly astonishing.

    So the show cause notices that have already been issued are a fishing expedition.

    Yet another luvvee bureaucracy in search of an outrage narrative to justify its existence, even if the facts have to be invented.
    This is what Big (over)Government looks like.

  19. Yes, undoubtedly. The Cronulla players appear to have weighed up the effective 3 week ban against an expensive, drawn out legal battle and taken the line of least resistance.

    And bastards in the media have questioned the leniency of a 3 week ban. Cronulla have lost two seasons to the mendacity of ASADA. But rugby league, like the AFL, is a Labor dominated sport. If you lie down with fleas…

  20. Up The Workers!

    Has anybody from A.S.A.D.A. tested the A.L.P.’s Deputy Federal Leader and her husband lately?

    Just in case the A.L.P.’s “unconvicted rapist” faction is toppled by its’ squeaky-clean “convicted former heroin-dealers” spouse faction, these two could end up as the nation’s next Prime Minister and First Ex-Crim.

    Could be “the lowest day in Australian politics” (unless of course, the unconvicted rapist gets the gig).

  21. Alfonso

    “convicted former heroin-dealers” spouse .
    Well knock me down with a feather.
    How does he get inbound immigration clearance from NZ to the US, from PNG to Dubai?

  22. John Comnenus

    If ASADA lose I hope Hird, Essendon, the players and Dank take McDevitt and ASADA to the cleaners in a real court.

  23. Docket62

    “If you admit you were a dirty stinking drug cheat, we will ban you for three weeks, however, if you are adamant that you are innocent, we will ban you for you two years”

    The best summary I’ve seen yet. Take a bow.

  24. Docket62

    “If ASADA lose I hope Hird, Essendon, the players and Dank take McDevitt and ASADA to the cleaners in a real court.”

    Actually I’d be tickled pink if they bankrupted the contemptible arseholes (insert AFL, ASADA – whoever you wish).. The interesting thing will be how do you give the club back the finals they were removed from. Financial remuneration aside, I’d say the first 20 draft picks for the next 5 years would be a good start. Then I’d like to be the one to interview Eddie the fuckwit.

  25. Menai Pete

    According to today’s Daily Telegraph, ASADA sent a team of storm troopers to the Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders NRL game on Sunday.
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/asada-officers-invade-cronulla-sharks-clash-against-raiders-just-days-after-handing-out-bans/story-fni3gol8-1227034928797
    The game was played at Cronulla so Canberra raiders fans had to travel a long way to get to the game.
    Now, ASADA is a Canberra based organisation so it would be fair to assume that most of the team of urine sniffers who attended the game with their clip boards are Raiders fans. Could it be that their presence was engineered so that they could get a taxpayer-funded all expenses paid trip to Sydney to watch their home team play

  26. steve

    “If you lie down with fleas…”

    ……you get up with dogs?

  27. TBW, I’m reminded of the phrase “Colourful Racing Identities” from my youth…

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