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Friday 11, Nov 2016

  Jobe Watson To Return Brownlow Medal

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Essendon Football Club bedrock Jobe Watson has decided to hand his 2012 Brownlow Medal back to the Australian Football League.

Jobe remarked he does not want the specter of the club’s doping scandal looming over his win. In a statement, Watson remarked he will be handing back the sport’s highest individual accolade “with mixed emotions,” and added it is now up to the league to decide what to do with the medal. Referring to the recent decision of a Swiss court not to hear an appeal from the Bombers deemed to have broken doping guidelines. Watson said it has been incredibly distressing for him to have people question his integrity and infer an intention to act against the spirit of the game, a spirit that is intrinsically a part of who he is. Jobe added the basic principle behind this prestigious award is to honor the fairest and best and added if there is a question in peoples’ minds as to whether the 2012 award is tainted, the fairest and best thing to do is to give it back and honor the history that has gone before him. Watson added giving the award back was the only thing to do in the spirit of the Brownlow Medal.

Watson, who served a year-long suspension because of findings of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said this decision does not change his stance that ruling of the CAS was based on “perception rather than evidence.” Watson was scheduled to face the AFL Commission next week regarding his award and decided to bring an end to a a long period of speculation regarding what would become of the medal.

In a statement, the AFL’s chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan acknowledged the decision of Watson. McLachlan remarked Jobe, in his own words, is honoring the history of the medal and putting the interests of the game first, and this is an honorable position for him to have taken. The AFL CEO added AFL Commission would hold its regular scheduled meeting in Melbourne next Tuesday and will consider the statement of Jobe before formally ruling on the future of the 2012 award.

New West Coast midfielder Sam Mitchell declined to comment about the possibility of becoming the official 2012 Brownlow Medalist. Mitchell finished second to Watson in the 2012 vote while playing for Hawthorn. The midfielder remarked he had not heard about the decision and therefore did not want to comment on it.

Essendon chairman Lindsay Tanner said the Australian Football League club took responsibility for placing its captain in this position. In a statement, Tanner remarked Jobe has remained unassailably dignified under the most extraordinary pressure over the past four years and added the club takes responsibility for placing Jobe in this position and unreservedly apologizes to him and his family. Tanner also commented that Jobe is a person of the highest integrity and character and has the total support and admiration of our membership, staff, executive and board and also said the Essendon family has been, and will continue to be, incredibly proud of Jobe Watson.

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Wednesday 03, Jul 2013

  Essendon Player Were Used As Guineas Pigs

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Essendon Player Were Used As Guineas Pigs

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is presently investigating whether Bombers players were a part of a virtual clinical trial of the banned substance AOD-9604, which is not approved for human use.

Meanwhile, Essendon admitted that they would not know the complete extent of what all happened at the AFL club during their controversial supplements program until the anti-doping investigation of ASADA is completed. It would be deeply distressing and disturbing if shocking allegations that their players were used as guinea pigs for the anti-obesity drug AOD-9604 were found to be correct, the Bombers say.

The AFL club said the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is probing if some players were put on the banned drug and their performance is measured against players who were not using it. In a statement, Essendon said the club has no knowledge of any clinical trial and, if this is found to be true, it is deeply distressing and disturbing, and goes to the heart of what may have been perpetrated at our club. It was further revealed through the statement that there is information that Essendon still do not have as a club and it is looking to the ASADA investigation to uncover the full extent of what happened at the club.

Meanwhile, Essendon skipper Jobe Watson admits he believes he was administered AOD-9604 last year and said it was cleared for his use by club medical staff. According to reports, players including Watson were given the banned anti-obesity drug at a volume and frequency far exceeding that of clinical trials.

A source familiar with the ASADA inquiry remarked that the World Anti-Doping Agency is shocked by some of the substances going around Essendon and some of the NRL clubs and some of those drugs had not been thought of in a sporting context before. It was also remarked that we’ve got a playing generation of guinea pigs.

AFL deputy chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan said the AFL will not comment on claims and speculation related to the case out of respect for the ongoing ASADA-AFL investigation. McLachlan added that we understand the intense interest in the matter, but the integrity of the process must be respected and urged everyone to remain patient and to allow the investigators to do their work and to reach their conclusions based on all the evidence available.

In another development, a new legislation (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013) has been passed that provides new powers to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to compel individuals to assist ASADA’s investigations. The legislation was drafted on the recommendation of esteemed Judge James Wood following the review into Cycling Australia, said former Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy.

Senator Lundy said doping has no place in sport and it is incumbent on the Government to provide ASADA with the right tools to investigate allegations of doping and added that this legislation won’t force individuals to self-incriminate in interviews, interviewees will now have to produce documents, materials and things relating to anti-doping investigations and the legislation will also force those people who work with athletes at the fringes, but not directly employed by clubs, to attend ASADA interviews.

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