The wife of suspended Essendon coach James Hird says former Bombers chairman David Evans pressured her husband not to tell anti-doping investigators that AFL boss Andrew Demetriou had “tipped off” the club during the supplements scandal.
Hird was suspended for 12 months last year because he was coach during the club’s controversial sports supplements regime.
Now his wife Tania has told the ABC’s 7.30 that Hird was made to take the fall despite doing nothing wrong.
“He wasn’t found guilty of any breach of the player rules. In the end, it was the threats and the bullying of the AFL to the club and to himself,” she told the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“I definitely think James was a scapegoat, in fact, we were told that James being the scapegoat was non-negotiable.”
When asked who told her that, she replied: “I’m not at liberty to say.”
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• Martin Hardie, Deakin Speaking, Deakin University: All under the family’s control? Excuse me, have I suddenly been transported back to the 19th Century, Victorian times. No, these were modern Victorian times, as I already said in the first paragraph, March, 2014 where a compliant media joins in the frenzy fed and managed by “the family”, a frenzy that includes calling for a husband to discipline his wife. I am sure “the family” and its unquestioning cheer squad would happily have rolled a set of stocks down to Toorak for the purpose. If, as the AFL claims, it has been working diligently to make its game more inclusive of women, that first question, and all the crazed comments on talkback radio, encouraged by the mostly male hosts, shows they have failed, and failed miserably.