I also read in the ABC report that Sharpe said “no team or sport needs to repeat the unfortunate Essendon saga” and praises the achievements of ASADA under McDevitt.
It strikes me that the words “unfortunate Essendon saga” have come up many times before as a retrospective comment on what happened. I wish someone would ask the person saying this what they mean by “unfortunate”. It is not a word that I would use to describe the outcome of a job that was successful or met the desired objectives. I doubt that McDevitt would use that word to describe the outcome of the saga from his point of view. He claimed that he always believed that the Essendon players were guilty, had no empathy for the players, claimed the AFL tribunal was wrong and celebrated the suspension of the players, if you can believe the rumours.
Sharpe wants an independent tribunal to replace the AFL Tribunal. Does he therefore suggest that the AFL Tribunal was not independent? How would Ex Judges Jones and Nixon and barrister Henwood feel after that statement? Their individual and collective integrities has been challenged by McDevitt, WADA, the CAS and now Sharpe. It beggars belief that these legals, and in fact, the entire legal fraternity haven’t stood up and questioned this as an affront on the integrity of their profession. If it was the police force or the building union or other citizen or worker’s group there would be marches through the city. The politicians and the judiciary are supposed to make the country a better place, to show leadership, but it seems when the going gets tough they want to backtrack, bury the problem, take their medicine and move on to the next disaster. They are a pathetic and gutless lot.
Sharpe and McDevitt are tarred with the same brush it would seem. One was like a bull in a china shop and the other would appear to be the wolf in sheep’s clothing (or maybe the smiling assassin).
It is scary to imagine that a guy who is an expert in counter terrorism and organised crime will now be tracking down the urine samples of 12yo female gymnasts
Note: those who have watched the YouTube videos of the J34 symposium from November 2016 should revisit the video of Dr Jason Mazanov’s presentation and you’ll understand my comment in the paragraph above.