What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Peter Keenan February 11, 2013, 12:04 pm

It was called the blackest day in Australian sport and commentators who have never been near a football club in their life are calling for a huge purge.

According to those taking pot shots everybody at Essendon is tainted, and even the janitor has bulked up apparently.

The simple fact is Essendon have had a problem and they went to the League to say they wanted to be investigated.

Then the Australian Crime Commission says they've been investigating everybody and found evidence of match fixing, steroid abuse, the whole lot.

Do we just close the door on sport in general or do we let the authorities try and clean it up?

Do you suspend Essendon players for two years, take Jobe Watson's Brownlow off him and go and ask Port Melbourne to take the Bombers' place in the competition?

I think not.

Some people should just take a nice long look at themselves and stop yelling out.

It's not good for the codes what's happened but let's clean it up and not go off half cocked.

Sure there may be a few people suspended but let's not point the finger at anybody until they've been proven guilty.

I thought we lived in a democracy where you were innocent until proven guilty?

So many commentators are now pointing the finger at Ian Robson, James Hird, Mark Thompson and David Evans, wanting them out of the club.

Well if they've done the wrong thing and are proved guilty they should be dismissed.

But this inquiry is going to take months and months so until that time we shouldn't be pointing fingers at anybody.

The press had a field day on Thursday.

Usually it's hard to get a story with the clubs being so tight-lipped but this was open season.

And of course we had the Minister for Sport telling everybody 'You will be caught, we will catch you, give up now'.

I suppose she's worried about whether she will be the Minister for Sport come September 14.

Politicians can point and say 'We cleaned up the sport, trust us'.

But just let's see what happens in the next few months and for God's sake,don't be pointing the finger at people's heads and ruining their reputation when they quite possibly could be innocent.

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  1. Verityseeker08:01pm Monday 11th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Agree with you Peter. You are right to question what has happened. The ACC have gone about this in the most destructive way. They put out a statement implicating everybody in all codes and then refused to be more specific because of 'confidentiality'. They should have thought about that before. Sport is too important to this country to be damaged in this way. The reality is that every sport and indeed every human activity has its cheats. The wrong doers should be persued quietly and in an orderly way, not by this media frenzy and free for all. The ACC and the government have not behaved responsibly.

  2. stormrider9809:10am Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    WTF!!...ACC know who they are but can't tell ... if the evidence is so compelling why not drop the bucket on the culprits...shame ACC you have everybody in the frame and that's plainly unAustralian and unsporting...either put up or shut up...

  3. Joseph10:52am Tuesday 12th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    This whole episode has been handled so badly that it must involve the Labor Govt. A lot of grandstanding by Minister Lundy and revealing #$%$ all . We have an ex crow footballer calling for James Hird to fall on his sword at the same time about some dubious pill taking when they won the 98 flag. Let common sense prevail and let this all take its course. The media are at their worst again with sensational headlines especially the Sun Herald. Perhaps some of these writers are on pep tides and may be found out.

  4. Robert10:00pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree, I thought I had moved back to the US where at times it is guilty until proven innocent.

  5. Darryl08:15pm Saturday 16th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Strange you say this is so messed up it must involve the Labor Government, Joseph then you go on to call the Media sensationalists. Most of the Media are Liberal supporters so what does your own admission say? We all know there are Drug cheats and so far the only person dealt with is Ben Cousins. We all also know that nothing will be done about any major player from a Victorian team. Some lesser players may be made Scapegoats but not any one of significance.