Last year, the assistant coach of Essendon warned the club five times to end the dangerous supplements programs. Mark Thompson has emerged as the best man to keep the seat of James Hird.
Thompson was however fined $30,000 for his part in the scandal and accepted in front of the Australian Football League that he should have done more to stop the program once it was in full swing. It has came out that Thompson called on sports scientists Stephen Dank and asked him to stop the injections program. The assistant coach also told staffers to get prohibited substances out of the club whenever they were found. The charge sheet of AFL disclosed that Thompson resolutely advised Dank that the injecting of players was to cease.
The lawyer of Thompson said his client accepted some blame but did tried to stop the program and said Thompson on multiple occasions expressed his disdain and lack of tolerance for prohibited substances. He added the AFL and Thompson reached a resolution of the charge brought against him for conduct unbecoming and the AFL did not proceed with the charge and that is consistent with Thompson's position that throughout the matter he did not at any stage engage in conduct which contravened the AFL's rules or anti-doping rules. The lawyer added Thompson agreed to pay a fine as acknowledgement that there was more he could have done to stop the supplements program at Essendon, which is consistent with his public statements accepting his fair share of responsibility in 2012.
It was recently rumored that AFL integrity officer Brett Clothier told Hird some years back that peptides were a serious risk to the integrity of the AFL and that they were viewed similarly to steroids and human growth hormone. The AFL's detailed charge sheet against Essendon provides explicitly details how the Essendon coach decided to ignore all warnings and put himself, his players, and his club at the centre of one of the biggest scandals in Australian sport.
The AFL charge sheet also stated that Hird, Danny Corcoran, and Thompson failed to act when they were informed by the club's strength scientist Suki Hobson in or about April or June 2012 that Stephen Dank was storing Hexarelin, a growth hormone stimulating peptide that was prohibited by the AFL Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code, in his office. The charge sheet also outlined how the Essendon coach Hird was injected with “amino acid and multivitamin” from Dank who had claimed that he injected Hexarelin to Hird.
It was further disclosed that Dank got in touch with an old associate of the coach, Shane “Dr Ageless” Charter to source substances from overseas. A convicted drug trafficker, Charter, provided nutrition advice to Hird back in 2003/04. Charter also delivered raw materials to South Yarra compounding chemist Nima Alavi for making a batch of WADA banned substances such as r GHRP-6, CJC-1295, Thymosin Beta-4, and IGF1-LR3. He was also behind ordering GHRP-2, GHRP-6, CJC-1295, Hexarelin, Thymosin beta-4, and Mechano growth factor from China on the behalf of Dank.