The key issues from the ACC report
Greg Baum and Scott Spits analyse the key points from the Australian Crime Commission's report into the integrity of Australian sport.PT4M24S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2e3kb 620 349 February 8, 2013
He stands, if I may use the phrase, as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of sport which this country worships and adores on a day to day basis
The sport scientist at the centre of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s investigation into Essendon’s use of unspecified supplements last season, Stephen Dank, will break his silence on the ABC on Monday night.
The club's former performance scientist was sacked late last year as the Bombers came to terms with a spate of soft tissue injuries as their season fell away in the second half of the year.
Dank has not returned calls from Fairfax Media this week after Essendon on Tuesday announced it would be investigated by ASADA and the AFL over its controversial fitness practices in 2012.
But his lawyer on Friday described his client as "a sacrificial lamb on the altar of sport".
Lawyer Greg Stanton said Dank had been unfairly portrayed as the villain after the Australia Crime Commission on Thursday released a report confirming the widespread use of illegal drugs in Australian sport.
Two days before the ACC released its findings, the Bombers threw themselves at the mercy of ASADA and the AFL’s integrity unit after revealing concerns over supplements supplied to their players.
"He stands, if I may use the phrase, as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of sport which this country worships and adores on a day to day basis," Stanton said.
"Sure he does (protest his innocence), but he’s doing so not in the context or in the criteria of someone who’s facing an allegation or charge.
"There is a degree of innuendo, rumour, scuttlebutt and tenuous information floating around, none of which is very specific at all.
"In the face of that, he says - I’ve done nothing wrong.
"He is the scapegoat - that’s how we see it.
"He is a highly qualified, credible, experienced man in this field and what’s happening is an absolute travesty to be honest."
Dank will appear on the ABC’s 7:30 Report on Monday night.
Essendon’s fitness boss Dean Robinson has also been suspended on full pay pending the ASADA investigation.