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    Essendon verdict

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    THE Essendon 34 have been found not guilty by the AFL anti-doping tribunal.

    Tribunal chairman David Jones informed the players and their legal teams of the verdict this afternoon, 785 days after the drugs saga began.
    The tribunal determined that there was insufficient evidence to uphold the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's belief that the 34 past and present Bombers were injected with the banned drug Thymosin beta-4 during 2012.
    The ruling means 18 players still at Essendon are free to play in Saturday night's season-opener against Sydney.
    Former Bombers Angus Monfries and Paddy Ryder, now at Port Adelaide, and Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri have also been cleared of doping.
    ASADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency have 21 days to appeal the decision.

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    Re: Essendon verdict

    Lol... What a joke.
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    I will be tame on here, same can not be said for other websites
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    Re: Essendon verdict

    The magic words "insufficient evidence"

    Makes it difficult to appeal
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    Re: Essendon verdict

    The joke is the AFL - for a supposedly professional sporting organisation, it is so completely amateurish in so many ways.

    When you compare it to the American sporting codes such as the NFL/NBA etc, you see just how poor it really is.
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    Re: Essendon verdict

    I haven't posted much on this topic till now as didn't think it was doing anyone any good all the speculations.

    As a non-Essendon supporter I'm actually happy with the verdict and think it's pretty much the only logical one that could have been reached. Sure a lot of people would have wanted the book thrown at the players but from a fairness as well as legal viewpoint, it's not justified. It's been pretty clear that they've also been in the dark about the supplements and with the constant speculations over the previous few years, it's not like they got off completely either. As for the deterrent effect, I think every AFL player will be asking exactly what they're being administered from now on, and the decision today won't change that.

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    Re: Essendon verdict

    Quote Originally Posted by Wheedus View Post
    The magic words "insufficient evidence"

    Makes it difficult to appeal
    Hope that's the case!

    Does set a pretty dangerous precedent that destroying all the evidence would actually make this kind of program possible in the future though so I'm not sure ASADA will go quietly into the night here unfortunately.

    TBC to the rescue!
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    Re: Essendon verdict

    Think ASADA should be copping plenty of heat if they don't challenge/cannot prove that these players are guilty of wrong-doing.

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    Very happy, now everyone will be picking TBC too!!! #hooray
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    Re: Essendon verdict

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunga View Post
    The joke is the AFL - for a supposedly professional sporting organisation, it is so completely amateurish in so many ways.

    When you compare it to the American sporting codes such as the NFL/NBA etc, you see just how poor it really is.
    The domestic violence issue in the NFL and how it's been handled has been pretty amateurish, Goodell and his crew would give the AFL a run for their money. Think it shows that unlike in other organisations, sports administrators are there sometime not on their merit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogitalia View Post
    Hope that's the case!

    Does set a pretty dangerous precedent that destroying all the evidence would actually make this kind of program possible in the future though so I'm not sure ASADA will go quietly into the night here unfortunately.

    TBC to the rescue!
    That would only occur if the afl have not upped their controls. I reckon clubs and the afl would have very tight controls around supplement delivery that very little would slip through the radar.

    This caught the AFL off guard and I don't think they realised the extent of the problem. They have been reactive but hopefully that reaction prevents another farce like this.
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    Re: Essendon verdict

    Quote Originally Posted by Wogitalia View Post
    Hope that's the case!

    Does set a pretty dangerous precedent that destroying all the evidence would actually make this kind of program possible in the future though so I'm not sure ASADA will go quietly into the night here unfortunately.

    TBC to the rescue!
    I think it's important to note that Essendon wasn't found not-guilty, only the players. The club and the various admin and couches have copped punishment.

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    Re: Essendon verdict

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    Re: Essendon verdict

    I don't know how ASADA mounts a decent challenge if there is insufficient evidence. Good result for the players though.

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    Re: Essendon verdict

    The NFL is much better run on the whole than the AFL. But they botched the Ray Rice thing in a similar fashion to the AFL with this.

    I'm just annoyed that we basically had 2 full seasons of football ruined and there's exactly nothing to show for it.

    The players will still be tainted, 'insufficient evidence' still unfortunately leaves a black mark and much of the public has been tainted by the lowest forms of the media who feasted upon this.

    My enjoyment of the game has suffered, I'm probably going to find the FIGJAM Essendon fans just as annoying as the people who wanted to watch EFC burn.

    But it makes FF easier that's for sure.
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