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SBD Global/August 23, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Essendon By Itself As Club Presidents Back Australian Football League Over Drugs Crisis
Published August 23, 2013
A QUESTION OF MORALS: Also in Melbourne, Chip Le Grand reported "she called herself Sarah," and over 11 minutes of extraordinary, heartfelt radio, she "gave voice to the fears that have gripped Essendon's players and their families throughout the supplements scandal." Her son still does not know "what he has been injected with and what the future health effects might be." She said, "It is all right for James (Hird) and the board at Essendon to say they have not cheated. The whole question is not about cheating. The whole question is about morals, it is about ethics, and it is about the trust the parents put on the club for the club to take care of their kids" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/23). In Sydney, Samantha Lane reported Hird's "writ against the AFL includes the stunning allegation" that Demetriou told Essendon's former chairman the club's players "had taken performance-enhancing drugs." The statement of claim -- lodged with the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday morning, and designed to force the AFL to provide more detailed information about Hird's conduct unbecoming charges -- also said that AFL Deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan urged Essendon to turn itself in to anti-doping authorities because it would ''look better'' for the club. Hird's writ stated the AFL has acted ''in bad faith'' throughout the seven-month saga, in part by leaking information ''unfavourable'' to the Essendon coach during an apparently confidential anti-doping probe" (THE AGE, 8/23).