Well that’s exactly what he did. He said he had no idea what his players were being given, but for some reason if they were being injected he would go out of his way to find out.
Does he go out of his way to figure out what is in the pain killing injections his players are loaded with every season, doubt it.
Don’t remember coaches such as Bomber Thompson (when at Geelong), Clarko, Dimma getting ripped in the media when they have had players who have discussed in the media being administered numerous injections for different injuries, are we to believe those coaches all knew exactly was being administered to their players when it happened. Of course not it would be ridiculous to expect them to.
It was not only Buckley, but Eade in 2013 when he was Director of Coaching at Collingwood, who also stated he had no idea what the players were being given.
So why was Hird expected to, and why are we giving Buckley for backing Hird, when he didn’t he had the chance to, he had the chance to say it is ridiculous to expect coaches to be completely across their club supplement and injection regimes, but he didn’t. He played the AFL’s line of injections equally something dangerous, unethical and suspicious.
I don’t mind Buckley, just don’t tell me he ■■■■■■■ backed Hird. The AFL Coaches Association and all other 17 Senior Coaches knew Hird was being scapegoated and they let it happened.