Now that the players have been proven not guilty some more background to the case has come to light.
A.Of the four investigators who probed the Bombers only one is left , in fact two of those previously worked at Victoria's Office of Police Integrity, which was abolished in 2012 over concerns about its internal processes.
B.AFL CEO, Andrew Demetriou, who has since moved onto to greener pastures at Crown, and AFL chairman, Mike Fitzpatrick, an ex Carlton captain, both at diffrent times directly and indirectly both wanted Hird to resign or be sacked, or least be suspended based on what ASADA had leaked to them.You can throw into that same boat Caroline Wilson ( The Age ) and Patrick Smith ( The Australian ) both of whom in receipt of leaks from ASADA never let up on Hird and the Bombers.Perhaps an apology from all four of those individuals is in the offing.
C. Some in the wider community fell for ASADA's leakage to those journalists that Essendon were being investigated for the use of 35 different drugs, when in reality, it was only one that was alleged.
D.Some still believe the players and the club "got off". A $2 million fine, loss of draft picks and booted out of the 2013 finals are hardly " getting off".
E. Back in 2013 Demetriou hailed the AFL's joint investigation with ASADA of Essendon's supplements program as the "template" of future drug probes.In view of his departure from the AFL and the departure of 3/4 of ASADA's investigators it is now apparent who has egg all over his face.
F. To save face apparently ASADA has frozen samples taken from the players in 2012 and will "reserve the right" to test for traces of the banned Thymosin beta-4 as testing technology advances.
FZ: Re tax issues. Under legislation the ATO are obliged to administer the Taxation Act, and over time rulings have been made by the ATO to interpret that Act. If a taxpayer is not happy with the ATO's interpretation he has every right to challenge that interpretation, of course few do, because if they have cheated they know they have no case. or if they are fighting over an amount that is out of proportion to the likely legal costs to fight their case, they accept the ATO's ruling.