Darren Hibbert after being interviewed at the Australian Crime Commission on Friday.

Darren Hibbert after being interviewed at the Australian Crime Commission on Friday. Photo: Nick Moir

Darren Hibbert could be fighting a fresh legal battle after he was stood down by his long-term employer, Advanced Sports Nutrition.

The man dubbed ''the Gazelle'' awoke on Monday to find his work phone was disconnected after the supplements supplier had sacked him without notice.

Hibbert, considered a central figure in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigations into the NRL supplements saga, immediately contacted his legal team regarding unfair dismissal proceedings.

The move prompted a backflip of sorts later when Advanced Sports Nutrition founder and director Peter Memete told Hibbert his contract was ''on hold'' and would be reviewed in a fortnight.

''Initially I was sacked, but now I've been stood down,'' Hibbert said.

''He [Memete] is going to help me out by paying me for the next two weeks and then he will re-evaluate after that.

''He will probably speak to other people and get their opinions. Peter's thinking is that with everything going on and all the publicity, it's going to hurt his reputation.

''Regardless of whether it increases sales, he's worried it will hurt our brand name for future customers because they will associate us with the ASADA drugs scandal.

''I'm very disappointed because he supplied supplements to Essendon, so we're all involved in it together.''

Hibbert said even negative publicity the company received during the drugs saga boosted sales.

''Before, people didn't know what Advanced Sports Nutrition did, it was like we were a secret little company which supplied athletes with top-of-the-line sports supplements,'' he said.

''It has increased product awareness, so I can't see what the problem is.''

Memete, who has worked with Hibbert for more than a decade, said when initially asked about the sacking: ''He just has to clear his name, that's it.''

But his stance softened, indicating there was some chance Hibbert could return to the company.

Hibbert is due to be interviewed by ASADA on Wednesday after their scheduled meeting on Friday was aborted on legal grounds. While he didn't consent to an interview, he left his inquisitors with some evidence to test in the form of peptide ice-creams.

It's understood ASADA deemed Friday's non-compliance at the interview as a breach, which carries a fine of $5100 a day, after Hibbert's lawyer contested the validity of the interview.

Hibbert is again considering aborting the latest interview request in a move that could mean the matter is tested in court.