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ASADA RUNNING SCARED


The revelation that ASADA has been issuing “Show Cause” notices to NRL players only confirms what I have suspected for a very long time about this “Blackest Day in Sport” bull-shit; it was politically motivated and there has been a heap of accusations made without a proper and thorough investigation taking place.

I have said all along that this would come back and bite ASADA right on the arse and that is exactly what it has done!

The court rulings in regard to the AFL last week certainly made ASADA look pretty ordinary and then we have our PM coming out and stating that it was a politically motivated witch hunt based on very flimsy evidence to take the attention away from ALP disasters.

My info is that the PM has rightly told the Minister for Sports Peter Dutton to “clean the joint out” and it has filtered back to ASADA and now this dopey lot have shit themselves and are desperate to save face.

The reality is, if I were an NRL player issued with a show cause notice I would be telling ASADA to prove it, because right now if they had any substantial proof that these players were actually injected with CJC-1295 and or GHRP-6, they have an obligation to charge them, that is if they did have proof ... and they don’t. What’s more, were these substances actually banned at the time that they were supposedly injected? 

Does ASADA actually have proof that they were in fact injected or is it just supposition?

ASADA are doing what they are doing because they know their claims will not stand up in court.

If they actually had the evidence, why play these games??

Now, I have a friend who knows Stephen Dank very well. In fact he has known Stephen for well over 20 years, since they were at University together. 

My friend “A” who is a rehabilitation professional  was at one stage on the medical rehabilitation team of a major NRL Club, so not only does he know Dank personally he knows Rugby league.

“A” made this statement to me well over 6 months ago about this issue:
“I have known Stephen for a long time, I know that he will push the limits of science, but I also know that he would not do anything to cause harm to anybody.”
He went on to say that,”I have always found Stephen to be highly professional and ethical”.

What we need to remember, is that at the beginning of all this Stephen Dank made it publicly clear that he had been involved in a consulting process with ASADA and had E-mails in his possession where he had requested rulings from on ASADA on certain substances.

Dank, stated that he was of the opinion that the people he was in contact with at ASADA did not have a clue what they were talking about. In fact Dank stated on more than one occasion that, “I found it impossible to get a straight answer out of anybody”.

Right now ASADA, cornered have turned this into an issue of "reverse onus” on these players to prove that they are innocent.
 

By accepting the ASADA terms and conditions, these players will virtually be admitting that they have done something wrong without ASADA actually having to prove they have.

This move by ASADA stinks to high heaven! It's a bluff to cover up their gross incompetency as well as to cover up the fact they were prepared to act as the political pawns of Julia Gillard.

It really is time for the AG to step in and put an end to this fiasco and demand that ASADA produce evidence that will stand up in a court of Law.

If these players have done the wrong thing, yes they should be punished, but legally punished, not punished by innuendo.

Brandis, should be demanding that either ASADA put up or shut up. Charge them or apologise!
  

 



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Question: There seems to be a lot more cases coming to light every day of bureaucratic organisations stating that people need to prove their innocence rather than them proving guilt - and somehow the person involved will lose out if they don't play along.
Since when is such a practice held to be right and also tolerated?

Backing Cronulla - like leaving the light on for Harold Holt (as Jack Gibson said)!

What puzzles me is the question "What did the fathers of the younger players say"? Surely, when they got home from training at least some of them would have said "Hey Dad, at training we were given injections to improve our performance". Now, if you did this to a horse, it would be illegal. Why weren't at least some Dads straight on the phone demanding wtf is going on?

Personally, I don't give a toss! Dumb enough to take/be injected not knowing what was in it, says a lot for brains, or lack thereof. I suppose they'll blame someone so that they can say they fixed it.....really!

The "Ultimatum' was Blackmail in it's most obvious form. I hope the players who have taken the advice to cave in to the threat and blackmail, do have a White Knight who will follow thru and prove ASADA has been incompetent and unjust and have cost the 'suspended players and their clubs , dearly, and take a right of redress action and sue for BIG compensation and exoneration.

The Cronulla players know the season is over for the club and are probably happy to take an extended break. If ASADA have gone after one of the top clubs I believe that they would have had quite a fight on their hands, and probably ended up very embarrassed. As it is, ASADA is the playground bully beating the shit out of the weak kid and crowing about his success.

Or Victorians

Stuck key LABCR-TV?

Brandis... Doing something that makes sense, you must be joking!!!

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.

The Cronulla players should be issuing 'Show Evidence' notices to ASADA. I wish they didn't cave in to ASADA. Slater & Gordon are leftists, doubt if they would do anything serious against Lundy & Clare.