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Essendon Bombers Rejected Australian Football League's Doping Offer Of Reduced Bans
Published August 26, 2014
PLAYERS 'DUPED': In Melbourne, Brad Walters wrote NRL CEO Dave Smith and his ASADA counterpart, Ben McDevitt, said past and present Cronulla players were "duped" into taking performance-enhancing drugs while at the club in '11. But "if so, by whom?" While the players had always maintained they did not take prohibited substances, 12 members of the Sharks' '11 squad on Friday accepted backdated one-year suspensions for "unknowingly and unwittingly" using the banned peptide CJC-1295 and growth hormone GHRP-6 during a four-week period in '11. However, Cronulla officials "are yet to publicly acknowledge that those substances were part of a doping regime at the club in 2011 and no one at the Sharks, the NRL or ASADA has explained who was in charge of that program or how the substances were sourced and administered" (THE AGE, 8/25).