12 Feb 2013

Dank says Essendon knew what he was doing

6:42 am on 12 February 2013

The man at the centre of the doping scandal embroiling Australia's football codes has broken his silence, saying officials and coaching staff at the Essendon football club were fully aware of his supplements program.

Sports scientist Stephen Dank has worked for AFL club Essendon and five NRL clubs, including Manly during a premiership-winning season.

Dank's lawyer Greg Stanton has launched a 15 million dollar defamation claim against various media outlets, alleging he has been falsely accused of selling drugs.

The day before the ACC released its report, Essendon threw itself at the mercy of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, revealing concerns over supplements supplied to its players.

Based on the ACC report released last week, Dank has been implicated in a possible breach of the World Anti-Doping Authority by administering supplements illegally.

Essendon officials claimed they were in the dark over details of the supplements program, but Dank told the ABC the coaching staff were well aware of what was happening....