McVeigh defends Bombers, blasts Reimers

Yahoo!7 February 6, 2013, 5:12 pm

Former Essendon player Mark McVeigh has slammed former teammate Kyle Reimers over allegations the club used supplements that contravened the rules of sport.

McVeigh, speaking to radio station SEN, defended the club and claimed that all injections were above board and the players knew what they were taking at all times.

“We knew that it was 100 per cent above board, and we trust and respect our coaches and doctors who knew about it,” McVeigh told SEN

“And that if anything was to come of it we’d be absolutely shocked and disgusted.”

The Bombers are under siege after requesting the AFL investigate unusual training methods during the 2012 premiership season.

McVeigh said everything he took was within WADA and AFL regulations, and that players had sought to make sure all rules were being followed.

"When we were told we would be taking certain supplements and having injections, the club and the players asked that we could have, not a waiver form... it was a consent form that the players asked for," McVeigh told SEN.

"We were going on a different program that we hadn't been on before. We'd never really gone into some of the supplements we were taking that we were going to take so we asked for a consent form that WADA and the AFL code would make sure it was ticked off and that it was within the regulations.

"We were comfortable with what we were taking."

He also claimed that the only off-site injections that were performed on him as a player were vitamin injections.

The former Bombers on-baller also put paid to claims the club had used the banned substance GRHP-6.

McVeigh also said he backed Essendon trio chairman David Evans, chief executive Ian Robson and coach James Hird 100 per cent.

However, he had less than kind words to say about former teammate Reimers, who he described as a "disgruntled player".

"Kyle Reimers has come out and said some things that are untrue," McVeigh said.

Essendon could face severe sanctions from the AFL if the club was found to be giving its players performance enhancing substances, while players could be banned for two years under WADA guidelines.

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  1. Big09:09pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yeah, McVeigh was probably the drug mule. Stuff it in ya jocks on the plane from Thailand did ya?

  2. Renae04:13pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    have a look at 2012 team list before you accuse Mc Veigh of not knowing what was going on

  3. Lorraine12:24pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Just a few of word's for you Mick go home to pommy land sick of poeple like you come here run us down so please go back to pommy land and dont think for one mintue your country is free of drugs and match fixing mate

  4. the owl02:18am Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    DooooH !!! Not selling any newspapers , lets try and make a story out of nothing , last week MAGPIES , then give the BLUES a bit of a GO with JUDDY ( no story ) now the BOMBERS . The Media in OZ is sadly turning into the old ' if you can't find a story ' make one up !!!!! Front page , back page , and will turn out to be a NON- ISSUE , ANYONE ELSE BESIDES ME SICK OF HEARING BEAT UPS IN THE OFF SEASON !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. key west aussie12:41am Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    time to step up to the plate carlton come on exercize those skeletons .

  6. nick12:18am Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Nice one Spike . . . Fine them a million and take away draft picks for the first three rounds of the draft for 2 years . . . With that million buy Andrew Demetriou a gold outhouse in lieu of the watch ;)

  7. Chris11:47pm Wednesday 06th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What would Mc Veigh know he wasn't even there last year....

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  8. Peter10:51pm Wednesday 06th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ex payer attacks ex player ..... what a joke !!

  9. DOLLARS10:19pm Wednesday 06th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    McVain wouldn't know his #$%$ from his elbow, so getting any quote or opinion from him is worthless.

  10. DOLLARS10:18pm Wednesday 06th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Why is Timmy Watson defending the claims so forthrightly, oh thats right he's an ex bomber legend and his son is captain. So he won't be reporting with any bias right? haha what a joke!! If they are convinced they took overboard supplements why is Sooky Hird so concerned?