Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

AFL commissioner Kim Williams backs league's handling of Essendon saga but slams Labor's role

Kim Williams:

Jon Pierik AFL commissioner Kim Williams has declared the league conducted the investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal "responsibly and professionally", and has taken aim at how the former Labor...

AFL

AFL chief medico Peter Harcourt may have breached Essendon drugs agreement, says lawyer

Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik A lawyer who acted as a consultant to Essendon last season has claimed the fines and suspensions imposed on James Hird and the Bombers could be void because of comments made by the AFL's chief...

AFL

Fresh impetus for drugs policy change

Brian Cook

Jon Pierik Geelong chief executive Brian Cook says time for club officials to be told earlier of positive test.

AFL

Keep drugs on agenda: Pert

Collingwood's Gary Pert

Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive says illicit drugs debate must become an annual agenda item.

Football

Education on drugs is key: Petrie

Drew Petrie

Jon Pierik Drew Petrie says players must not be victimised if there is change to the illicit drugs policy.

Football

Clubs in legal minefield on drugs: Port

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch fears clubs will be open to legal reprisal.

Australian football

AFL keeps three strikes on drugs

AFL press conference

Jon Pierik AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has conceded that the league ''dropped the ball'' in dealing with alcohol abuse by players, as it emerged confidentiality was still an issue in informing clubs...

Football

Mental tests in drugs plan

Drugs

Jon Pierik Footballers Could face annual psychological tests assessing their propensity to use drugs.

AFL

McVeigh blasts drugs claims

Essendon Football Club

Jon Pierik As the fallout over the drugs scandal continues, the Essendon family began to turn on itself, with two former players at loggerheads and a club champion questioning whether the Bombers had conducted...

Finnis baulks at jail for drugs

AFLPA CEO Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association chief executive Matt Finnis says a proposal to enforce criminal sanctions on athletes who fail to comply with new powers for anti-doping investigators 'leaves a lot to be...

Drugs long an issue, says Parkin

David Parkin.

Jon Pierik Veteran coach reveals he sacked staff over fears they were giving players illegal substances.

Self-reporting on drugs saved lives: AFL boss

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Players Association president Luke Ball insists voluntary illicit-drugs policy has helped players.

AFL

Drugs inquiry 'extraordinarily confronting': Tim Watson

Tim Watson

Jon Pierik As questions emerged whether Essendon's supplements program could have an impact on players' fertility, Bombers great Tim Watson, the father of club captain Jobe, says the drugs inquiry into a...

Mediation talks between Robinson, Essendon delayed

Dean Robinson is suing the Bombers for $2 million for unfair dismissal.

Jon Pierik Mediation talks between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson have been delayed for another three weeks.

Blackest day in sport claim was pathetic, says Abbott

Critical: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blasted Labor's ''blackest day in sport'' claims.

Jon Pierik As a little-known Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority amendment bill goes before the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has labelled the so-called blackest day in Australian...

ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

Aurora Andruska

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.

A wrap-up of the Essendon v ASADA court case

Hird's suspension is almost complete. He returns officially to Essendon on August 25 but will not have an active role with the team's performance this season.

Jon Pierik Three days of hearings before Justice John Middleton in the Federal Court are over. Essendon, James Hird and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have had their say.

AFL all but knew Bombers were under investigation: documents

Essendon logo

Jon Pierik Stunning documents released in the Federal Court on Friday allege the AFL all but knew Essendon was the club being investigated by the Australian Crime Commission last year.

AFL

Major AFL figures subpoenaed by dumped Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Dean Robinson, the former Essendon fitness chief, has raised the stakes in the AFL club's supplements saga as he tries to clear his name, ordering some of the game's biggest figures to produce...

Dean Robinson lists 17 subpoenas in fight against Bombers, AFL

Andrew Demetriou, Tania Hird, Ian Robson, and David Evans.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE: Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has handed out 17 subpoenas as part of his $2 million court case against the Bombers, with former club chairman David Evans even asked to...