Category Archives: AFLgate

AFL finally responds

AFL spokesman Patrick Smith: Hird, sadly, drove himself to the intensive care unit, calling the directions all the way. Then Smith verbals Graham Cornes: It is peddled by the likes of former South Australian champion Graham Cornes who now holds … Continue reading

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AFL manipulates media coverage of AFLgate scandal

A few days ago we linked to Allan Hird’s interview on 3AW. There he made a very interesting comment – that a Herald Sun reporter got his AFL accreditation stripped by the AFL for his pro-Essendon reporting during AFLgate. The … Continue reading

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Allan Hird talks to 3AW

James Hird’s father (and Cat threadster and sometime poster) spoke to 3AW this morning. Listen here.

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Thoughts on Jobe

The Herald Sun has two op-eds today summing up the pros and cons of stripping Jobe Watson of his 2012 Brownlow medal. Pro: The highest applicable court has ruled that Essendon’s players deserved to be banned for their rule in … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Allan Hird – Empire building at ASADA

Chip LeGrand in today’s Australian has given Ben MCDevitt, the ASADA CEO a platform to float the idea that an ‘independent tribunal’ should determine whether an athlete, ASADA reckons has taken a substance banned by WADA, is in fact guilty. … Continue reading

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WADA corrupt? Sexed up the evidence? Who would have thought?

There was a breathless report in The Australian this morning: The World Anti-Doping Agency has been accused of having “sexed up” the case against Russian ­athletes following the McLaren report by handing over to sporting federations the names of compet­it­ors … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Allan Hird – Russian Rowers more important than Australian footballers

How about this for preferential treatment and double standards? Appeals by Russian athletes to Court of Arbitration for Sport are fast tracked so they can compete in Rio as this article in the Australian today explains: The drugs saga, which … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Allan Hird – WADA and the Russians

In the last few days there has been a calculated attempt to portray WADA as some sort of white knight attempting to protect world sport from the ‘evil’ Russians only to be thwarted by the international Olympic Committee. Even our … Continue reading

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Sports lawyers lack self-awareness

From The Conversation: To exclude the whole Russian team is a different and more complicated exercise. Of course, there are broader issues here. To exclude an entire team is unfair to those athletes who did not dope; there can be … Continue reading

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CAS hands out more communal punishment

The WSJ is reporting: Russia’s Olympic delegation moved a step closer to being banned from the Rio Games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Thursday that individual athletes could be punished collectively for doping violations committed by … Continue reading

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