AFL, NRL CEOs Criticized For Not Fronting A Senate Committee Hearing
The CEOs of the Australian Football League and National Rugby League "have been slammed for not fronting a senate committee hearing focussed on implementing an accreditation process for sports scientists in Australia," according to Barbeler & Lane of THE AGE. Instead, the two sporting bodies sent former Int'l Cricket Council CEO and barrister Malcolm Speed "in their place on Wednesday." Liberal Senator Sean Edwards described sending Speed as a ''hospital pass'' from the NRL and AFL CEOs, Dave Smith and Andrew Demetriou. He said, ''And you (Mr. Speed) run very good cover for the AFL and NRL, so I would feel slightly used if I were you." Speed said that "he had not been advised why the two CEOs had declined to attend." He said, ''I feel lonely, but I've felt lonely before Senator" (THE AGE, 6/13). The HERALD SUN reported the father of AFL Essendon captain Jobe Watson has accused Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority "of using good cop-bad cop tactics to try and frighten the AFL club's players during their ongoing anti-doping investigation." Tim Watson, himself an "Essendon great," said that questions directed at Bombers players "suggested supplements they allegedly took last year could have potential health effects on their fertility or their unborn children were disturbing" (HERALD SUN, 6/12).
SENDING A MESSAGE: In Sydney, Jackson & Barrett reported Smith "played a pivotal role" in North Queensland prop James Tamou being fined A$20,000 ($19,000) on top of his suspension from the second State of Origin. The NRL's newly formed integrity unit "had told the relevant parties Tamou would be handed a two-match ban," which also effectively meant a A$30,000 fine when the Origin bonus payment was taken into account. But later on Wednesday, with significant input from Smith, the A$20,000 fine was added. Smith said, "Our integrity unit has reviewed the situation, we have consulted with the Cowboys and we have sent a clear message of what is expected of our players" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/13).