Australian Football League Club Essendon Chair Tells Fans Team Will Be Okay
Australian Football League club Essendon Chair David Evans has promised fans that the team "will come through their doping crisis as a stronger organisation," according to the AAP. Evans and coach James Hird "made emotional speeches on Monday night at the Bombers' season launch, thanking the players and fans for their support." The club is under a joint Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and AFL investigation "for supplements that the players used last season." The anti-doping investigation "is likely to take months, meaning it will hang over the Bombers for much of the season." Evans said, "I understand the way you look at me tonight, looking for reassurance our beautiful place will be okay" (AAP, 3/4).