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Essendon players forced against will to take injections: reports

Yahoo!7 February 7, 2013, 9:12 am

Essendon players were forced to keep taking supplement injections against their will even after voicing their objections, New Ltd are reporting.

News Ltd says sources have claimed that players were known to be unhappy with the injections but were told they would continue as a team policy.

The report reveals that at least four players went to a senior sports administrator for advice on the subject last year after being forced to sign consent forms while taking the supplements.

The crisis deepened yesterday with senior players, including captain Jobe Watson, meeting the AFL Players' Association to discuss their rights and risks with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority-probe.

They were told that ignorance of what they took would be not considered an excuse for taking any banned substances.

Coach James Hird addressed the team before training yesterday.

Yesterday former Essendon player Mark McVeigh said there was no chance players did not know what they were taking but also claimed the club made sure there was nothing illegal being administered.

“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.”

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.

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  1. underarm_bowler12:39pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They were strapped down and against their will injected

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  2. Big09:07pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Bombres knew deep down they weren't good enough so they took the cheap, easy option like whores hanging around lamp posts late at night.

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  3. LeighSydneyChina06:49pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Whilst I agree that the method of ENFORCING this "supplemet" regime, but what the hell...... is this stuff legal or illegal...... If it's legal what is the fuss about. Can we get THAT out of the way first? How long will this take... its been too long now....

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  4. Billy Buchanan03:05pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Essendon on performance enhancing supplements - maybe they should ask for their money back in view of the fact they lost their last 7 matches of the season.

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  5. Roger02:45pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Don't worry, it's only 'cough cough' vitamin B12....

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  6. Darryl01:09pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The solution is very simple though I doubt the AFL will enforce it. ALL players, Coaches Doctors etc etc caught using and/or administering any Drug, should be treated the same as Ben Cousins was. Sack them and make it very clear there is no tolerance. If an entire team is caught, de-list them and all those involved. How simple it would be to rid the game of this problem. It won't happen though because they only did it to Ben Cousins to bring the Eagles down. Will NEVER happen to a Victorian team.

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  7. Matt12:28pm Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Everyone calm down. Innocent until proven guilty. At the moment there is only an investigation, brought about because Essendon came forward and asked the AFL to investigate. We know the media are liars, trouble makers and exaggerators and you cannot trust what they say. Civilised people would wait to judge until real evidence comes out, and certainly not just go with dodgy media reports.

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  8. PORKY PIG11:45am Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    WHAT A LOAD OF "CODS-WALLOP"..."FORCED TO TAKE INJECTIONS". WERE THESE PATHETIC PLAYERS CHAINED DOWN, GAGGED AND TORTURED? ...I DON'T THINK SO! YOU WASHED UP "HERO'S" MUST THINK THE PUBLIC IS STUPID.

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  9. Rainer11:37am Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    McVeigh the Australian Lance Armstrong

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  10. stormrider9811:12am Thursday 07th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I wish I could understand - grown men that should have some concept of right and wrong FORCED to take INJECTIONS - beggars belief and IF proven then throw the book at them.

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