The Media Clowns are at it again

Guys have you seen the Herald Sun website tonight.

 

There trying to drag up the Essendon Drug Saga Again.

 

 

 

im so sick of this **** they can't just leave it be

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Makes us look pretty good I reckon.

 

The AFL are going to shown as corrupt. Not the other way round.

 

States pretty clearly they thought Hirdy was in the clear.

shocking revelations that the afl tried to negotiate a settlement   :P

 

AFL's behind-the-scenes tactics in Essendon punishment talks exposed
  • MICHAEL WARNER AND MARK ROBINSON
  • HERALD SUN
  • DECEMBER 03, 2013 9:00PM
 
EXCLUSIVE: SECRET documents and a bombshell email have lifted the lid on behind-the-scenes inducements offered to Essendon and James Hird as the AFL worked frantically to pressure him to accept drugs scandal penalties.

The Herald Sun can reveal that days before the August 26-27 AFL Commission hearing was due to consider penalties, deals were being proposed by Australia's top government-appointed sports official, John Wylie.

A document emailed by Wylie to Essendon chairman Paul Little on the night of August 23 outlined potential settlement terms as the crisis threatened to spill into the Supreme Court.

Wylie, the Australian Sports Commission chairman, suggests: "Hird as senior coach takes responsibility for the inadequate governance and oversight within the club's football department that gave rise to this situation.

"It is however acknowledged …. to the best of the AFL's knowledge and belief, Hird did not promote or encourage an unethical environment within the club; Hird has not brought the game into disrepute.

 

Essendon coach James Hird.

"In the totality of the circumstances, the AFL will impose, and Hird will accept, a 12-month suspension from all coaching duties."

In a separate document presented to Hird on August 23, amid negotiations between Wylie and Little, the Essendon coach is offered "an outstanding career development opportunity" in return for dropping his legal action against the AFL.

Offers of "no player sanctions'' and "no double jeopardy'' despite an ASADA investigation are discussed.

Wylie said last night: "I was requested by both Paul Little and (AFL Commission chairman) Mike Fitzpatrick, in the first instance by Paul, to assist in communications between the AFL and Essendon at a time when ­direct communication between them was difficult."

 

League spokesman James Tonkin said last night: "Numerous discussions took place at different levels in a bid to resolve the matter as quickly and appropriately as possible."

An offer to allow Hird to receive a full salary while serving a 12-month ban was also ­discussed.

The document presented to the Essendon coach reads: "Charge of bringing game into disrepute dropped. 12 months suspension starting now.''

It states Hird could also keep his place in the AFL Hall of Fame and be "acknowledged by the AFL as a legend of the game".

In exchange for the offers, the document says Hird therefore "withdraws all legal action immediately'' .

A string of revelations to be published in the Herald Sun and The Australian over the coming days raises major perception issues surrounding the integrity and the outcome of both the drugs probe and the AFL Commission hearing.

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou said on August 7: ``To suggest the AFL Commission and the people on the commission would somehow predetermine an outcome is offensive and just plain wrong.''

It is not known if all AFL commissioners were aware of Wylie's involvement or of proposed inducements at the time they were asked to sign off on the final resolution against ­Essendon and its four officials on August 27

 

Little last night confirmed the talks with Wylie. He said: ``John Wylie is a longstanding personal friend and we discussed possible strategies for settling the dispute.''

Hird is understood to have rebuffed the inducements put on the table on August 23, only to accept a 12-month suspension four days later under fierce pressure and fearing that he would be banished from the game and his club.

There were also discussions about sending Hird to Oxford University in England, where both Wylie and Fitzpatrick are Rhodes scholars.

Hird later independently applied to attend the exclusive Fontainebleau business school in France, passing an entrance exam in Singapore. He has just returned from his $120,000 MBA studies.

Sources have questioned why Wylie as chairman of the Sports Commission - which works with the Australian Sports and Anti-Doping Authority to fight drug cheating and which promotes integrity in sport - was drafted into pre-hearing bartering with the approval of AFL Commission chairman Fitzpatrick.

Proposed penalties for Mark Thompson, Bruce Reid and Danny Corcoran are also stated in correspondence, with Thompson cleared to coach again in 2014.

A club fine of $1.5 million and the deduction of 12 premiership points "so as to miss the finals" are also documented. The club was ultimately fined $2 million and relegated to ninth on the AFL ladder.

Hird and Fitzpatrick did not return questions from the Â­Herald Sun.

I'm just sick of the whole saga

 

I'd rather we move on - yes its good if AFL gets egg on its face

Makes us look pretty good I reckon.

 

The AFL are going to shown as corrupt. Not the other way round.

 

States pretty clearly they thought Hirdy was in the clear.

Yeah, had a quick read.

 

The spotlight seems to be on the AFL and the (desperate?) measures it took to have Essendon - and especially Hird - accept what were the harshest penalties in AFL history.

 

Early signs are this will be more about the way the AFL operates under Fitzpatrick & Vlad than about Essendon....if the AFL were so intent on Hird being banned why did they offer a prestigious overseas, funded, study assignment and why accept he did not bring the game into disrepute? On the surface, it is bizarre.

 

I think Robbo is about to strike back at Vlad.  Perhaps he's spent his last 2-3 months getting his ducks lined up and is about to go bang.

I'm just sick of the whole saga

 

I'd rather we move on - yes its good if AFL gets egg on its face

As much as we all would like to move on, plenty still want to milk the story and I think there are a few scores to settle between Robbo & Vlad.

Won’t … get … Drawn … Into … It … Again …

the damage is done guys, no amount of score settling is gonna change that

 

people will always call us drug cheats,  and i hate it

Um… what's the point of this story?

 

(And before you say $$$: this story is boring, will not gain them any journalism points, and pisses off both sides for no apparent reason. That's a loss on all fronts, so they lose on the money front in rapid time as well.)

meanwhile Demetrio has just sprung off his lazy boy and spilt bolognaise and red wine all down his trackie pants

 

without cleaning himself he quicky reaches for his mobile

 

Vlad- Caroline you have work to do

 

Wilson- yes boss.

Everyone will read the articles as the afl etc looking after Essendon and trying to sweep everything under the carpet. No one cares about anything other than the worst of Essendon which is how these articles will read.

It doesn’t really say much at all.

It really just confirms some of what we all thought was probably happening. Nothing will come of it.

The only worry is the counter punch that The Age might have in the next few days.

 

Makes us look pretty good I reckon.

 

The AFL are going to shown as corrupt. Not the other way round.

 

States pretty clearly they thought Hirdy was in the clear.

Yeah, had a quick read.

 

The spotlight seems to be on the AFL and the (desperate?) measures it took to have Essendon - and especially Hird - accept what were the harshest penalties in AFL history.

 

Early signs are this will be more about the way the AFL operates under Fitzpatrick & Vlad than about Essendon....if the AFL were so intent on Hird being banned why did they offer a prestigious overseas, funded, study assignment and why accept he did not bring the game into disrepute. On the surface, it is bizarre.

 

I think Robbo is about to strike back at Vlad.  Perhaps he's spend his last 2-3 months getting his ducks lined up and is about to go bang.

 

The obvious answer to that is the AFL were absolutely shyte scared of going to court.  For a start, Vlad clear as day broke the law in relation to leaking information to Essendon about the ACC investigation.  I have no doubt at all that he was leaked details & thats why he spoke to Evans prior to the club coming forward.  That is a clear breach of the ACC & ASADA acts & would result in Vlad being declared unfit to serve on any board of directors as well as the possibility of further punishments.

Damn, should have taken the deal.

 

Though kind of shows that we still believed we were not guilty and even the AFL knew it, they just had to try and save face.

Rubbish journalism, didn’t even get a quote from Ings.

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Bombshell

“Proof of things that everyone knows happened” the article.

these asada threads run quicker than Usain Bolt.

Rubbish journalism, didn't even get a quote from Ings.


It's been 10 hours since Ings tweeted anything. I bet it won't be much longer before he's back into the swing of things.

I just wanted to share the link delete the thread if you want to