Did ASADA purposely and knowingly 'look the other way' on illegal drug use?
JUN 27, 2017 — Did ASADA pay no attention to Nathan Bock's alleged illegal supplement use when they should have be investigating the matter impartially?
Back in April 2016, ASADA (former) chief executive Ben McDevitt, spent five days defending his organisation over its failure to pursue a prima facie case against Nathan Bock and former Gold Coast and Essendon high performance manager Dean Robinson. This was after sports scientist Stephen Dank publicly admitted to supplying the retired All-Australian defender with a banned peptide.
Eventually, ASADA relented and agreed to reopen the case.
However, a subsequent FOI request on the status of the Bock case has revealed ASADA did not appear to do much in terms of investigation at all - see attached report and note the date.
This is one of ASADA's great mysteries. All football followers have wondered "...Why isn't ASADA investigating Bock....?" This was as clear and convincing case of PEDs use as one could get.
Yesterday, in an article from the Herald Sun, journalist Michael Warner wrote:
"The Herald Sun revealed last year that Robinson agreed to give information to ASADA investigators just days after the Bombers scandal erupted. There was no formal agreement for immunity, but Robinson helped investigators on the basis of an “understanding”.
“It was made clear he would be looked after ... but it was not guaranteed,” a source close to the investigation said.
“He provided the material that was wanted.” Robinson later landed a job with AFL auditor, KPMG."
In April 2016, Steven Amendola, Hird’s lawyer, said:
“The AFL anti-doping tribunal wasn’t even satisfied that Thymosin beta-4 left China and arrived in Australia, but it didn’t stop ASADA from encouraging and funding WADA to appeal that.
“This explanation regarding Bock should be a new entry into Don Watson’s dictionary of Weasel Words.
I hope people see the bare-faced hypocrisy of ASADA.”
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