New evidence backs Dons’ Mexico link

Fresh evidence has emerged confirming reports that some Essendon players were given an unknown supplement sourced from Mexico, with the club backing away from its claim on Thursday that this did not occur.
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Multiple sources have today confirmed that evidence collected by ASADA includes information that the substance given to some Essendon players was sourced in Mexico. This includes an interview investigators conducted with the muscular dystrophy patient who was given the supplement overseas and brought it to Australia.

Fairfax Media has further confirmed that Essendon is still unable to state with certainty what was in the supplement, although the club believes it most likely contained a mixture of safe amino acids.

Today, Fairfax Media published comments that Essendon lawyer Tony Hargreaves made on Thursday and which challenged earlier reports that some players had been given an unknown supplement sourced in Mexico from a man with a muscle wasting disease.

Mr Hargreaves said he had made his Thursday comments after he had spoken to the patient in question and had been told that supplements were sourced from a neurosurgeon in the United States.

But this afternoon, Mr Hargreaves said he had received fresh information today.

“The information I based the request for a retraction on was based on a conversation I had [with a party closely involved in this matter] on Thursday. Since that time, further information has arrived that cast some doubt on whether what I was told was accurate.’’

Fairfax Media has confirmed that evidence gathered by investigators and referred to in the AFL-ASADA report states that the patient told ASADA that he had purchased supplements in both Mexico and over the border.

The evidence gathered to date also confirms that some players were given supplements suspected to have been sourced from Mexico.

A source closely involved in the drugs scandal today questioned why Essendon had sought to publicly challenge the original story rather than confront the real issue it raised: the fact that players had been given a supplement whose contents was, and remains, unknown.

The shifting claims about the provenance of the drugs also highlights the way that much of the information surrounding the scandal is heavily contested.

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