James Hird. Photo: Pat Scala
A ruling on whether suspended Essendon coach James Hird retains his ACT Sports Hall of Fame status could be weeks away, with the board deferring a decision to seek further advice.
The board debated the situation for 45 minutes on Thursday but voted unanimously to put a final call on hold until it knows the full story behind the Bombers supplements saga.
The AFL suspended Hird for 12 months for his involvement in Essendon's controversial supplements program last year, and threw the Bombers out of this weekend's finals. ACT Sport president Jim Roberts said the organisation was not prepared to act without all the facts, and won't put a time frame on a decision.
''We discussed it at length, and what we've agreed to do is seek the best available advice on which way we should proceed,'' he said.
''We don't know all the facts and details, we're not in a position to make any decision until we do.
''It's a complicated issue and we do think it's a serious issue, we have to think about the integrity of the Hall of Fame, and its members.
''There'll be no rushed decision and this could take some time.'' Roberts said the board would consult the AFL and other parties before making a decision on Ainslie junior Hird, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.
''We won't be taking the information from the AFL as a direction as to which way to go, we're just collecting every bit of data and info we can and make an informed decision.
''It took the AFL seven months, we're not going to jump to conclusions.''
Canberra cyclist Stephen Hodge requested to be removed from the Hall of Fame after his confession last year he took performance-enhancing drugs during his career.
''The Stephen Hodge case was pretty clear cut and we didn't remove him. We adhered to his wishes after he wrote a letter to us, to his credit,'' Roberts said.