DANNY Frawley says he has no doubt Mark Thompson has “some issues mentally” as the mystery surrounding a police raid on the Essendon legend’s house deepens.
The former Geelong and Bombers mentor’s house was searched at 9.30am on Friday as part of a “wideranging” investigation by Victoria Police. No charges have been laid and police are refusing to say why the raid was carried out.
Frawley was head of the AFL Coaches Association when the Essendon supplements scandal saw Thompson, who was an assistant at the Bombers, “became totally unhinged”.
He was charged by the AFL for bringing the game into disrepute and fined $30,000 for his role in the 2013 saga that rocked football.
“Bomber unfortunately could never, ever, ever get over the fact that he was charged,” Frawley told SEN on Tuesday.
“I’m not sure whether he was part of it or not, but putting that aside, I’ve got no doubt his mindset — and we’ve got to be very careful right now with Mark — is the fact that he’s got some issues mentally, I’ve got no doubt about that.
“We’ve got to be very careful as a medium as to how we portray Bomber at the moment. He’ll keep his head down at the moment but he’ll listen to a lot of the talk.”
“I know a lot of people have reached out to him but let’s hope someone close has reached out to Bomber, because I know for a fact that just totally unhinged his mindset — the whole Essendon saga — and he has not been the same at all since,” Frawley added.
“I didn’t want to get bogged down in the specifics of why Bomber’s in such a pickle at the moment in this investigation but I do know we have to be very careful how we report it. He’s battling big time.”