Stephen Dank to offer information over Nathan Bock’s alleged use of a prohibited substance
MICHAEL WARNER, Herald Sun
13 minutes ago
BANNED sports scientist Stephen Dank has contacted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to offer information over Nathan Bock’s alleged use of a prohibited substance at the Gold Coast Suns.
Dank called ASADA director of investigations Darrell Jeffrey on Tuesday.
He says he will admit to sourcing the peptide CJC-1295 in December 2010 for Bock to use to treat an injured achilles.
Bock, who is now the coach of the Southport Sharks in the NEAFL competition in Queensland, has never been charged for using a prohibited substance.
The star AFL expansion club recruit told ASADA in 2013 that he injected himself with a substance given to him by former Suns fitness boss Dean Robinson between December 16, 2010 and January 27, 2011.
ASADA has previously insisted it was unable to establish whether the drug Bock was provided was actually CJC-1295. Bock has always maintained his innocence.
Dank called Jeffrey after the Herald Sun revealed Robinson had been re-registered to work in the NRL for the Sydney Roosters.
He says he has agreed to provide ASADA with a signed statutory declaration detailing what he claims are the activities of Bock, Robinson and himself at the time of the alleged anti-doping rule violation.
An ASADA spokeperson said on Friday night: “ASADA considers all information relating to potential anti-doping rule violations.
“If Mr Dank has evidence of any possible anti-doping rule violations, it is up to him to provide it.
“(But) ASADA is not prepared to waste further time and resources chasing Mr Dank, noting that he has failed at every previous opportunity to provide information relating to possible anti-doping rule violations.
“Where there are no positive tests, ASADA needs reliable evidence in order to bring forward cases of possible anti-doping rule violations. Given his failure to provide this information to ASADA, and the contradictory statements he has made in the media over several years, Mr Dank would not be considered a reliable witness.”
Robinson and Dank worked together at the Suns before reuniting at Essendon in late 2011 to mastermind the disastrous supplements program that led to the suspension of 34 Bombers players.
Dank was slapped with a lifetime ban by the AFL two years ago but Robinson was never punished.
Dank has admitted to buying CJC-1295 at a Sydney compounding pharmacy in December 2010 and taking it to the Gold Coast on a plane in a cooler bag packed with dry ice.
He claims he gave the drug to Robinson, who taught Bock how to self-administer it.
“I bought it at the Belgrave pharmacy in Sydney and delivered it to Robinson’s house,” Dank claimed to the Herald Sun last year.
“From there, Robinson demonstrated to Bock how to use it and instructed him accordingly.”
Asked whether there was any doubt the drug he supplied Bock was the WADA banned CJC-1295, Dank said: “No. There is no doubt in my mind.”
Dank has not previously co-operated with ASADA and maintains that CJC-1295 was not a banned substance.
It is the same performance-enhancing peptide that led to suspensions for 12 Cronulla players in the NRL.