AFL Club Execs Claim Sport's Drug Code Is 'Open To Abuse'
Australian Football League club execs have "taken aim" at the sport's "contentious illicit drugs policy" amid claims players are "exploiting mental health to avoid strikes," according to Michael Warner of the HERALD SUN. Hawks President Jeff Kennett declared the AFL's drug code had long been "a sham" because it was "open to abuse." Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon said that clubs deserved to know if players were "repetitively breaking the law by using illicit substances" or "grooming" younger teammates. Gordon: "If there was a player on any club's list that was doing that, then I would want the right to sack them." 3AW host Ross Stevenson claimed he had been told 16 players from one AFL club were "made exempt from drug testing because of a mental health diagnosis." Former St. Kilda coach Grant Thomas "fueled the storm" by saying that he was told drug use was "rife" within his playing group more than a decade ago (HERALD SUN, 2/20).