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  • Former Essendon employee, Stephen Dank, says the Australian Crime Commission personally told him he had done nothing wrong in regards to his supplement regime at the Bombers in 2012.

    The AFL and the Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority (ASADA) are investigating Essendon over what could be the use of banned substances by Bombers players in 2012.

    Speaking to the ABC's 7:30 Report on Monday night, Dank - who says he is a biochemist by trade - also said Essendon coaches and players were well aware of the details of the supplements program.

    Dank said Dean "The Weapon" Robinson, club coach James Hird and club doctor Bruce Reid were given plenty of deatails about the program he oversaw.
    Some of the key points from the Dank interview;

    - Dank said he joined Essendon's ranks after being invited to work there by Dean "The Weapon" Robinson.

    - Dank says the supplements regime that was devised for Essendon players was detailed to players and coaches at the Bombers. "Coaches were well aware of wat was happening," said Dank.

    - Dank says he didn't work alone, and that James Hird and "The Weapon" were directly involved in the program being questioned. "There was a very significant involvement from Dean (The Weapon) .. there was always detailed discussion with James Hird and the club doctor."

    - Dank says he did nothing wrong while at Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL, where he said he oversaw a supplements program at the club.

    - Dank says he was asked to "put science" into Essendon's fitness program, which also involved a supplements program.

    - Dank said all Essendon players were asked to sign consent forms because they "were introducing a fairly broad-ranged type program" and he wanted players to be informed.

    - Dank says he is very, very surprised former Essendon players (like Kyle Reimers) say they didn't know what they were given.

    - Dank says he did not inject Essendon players with any prohibited substances and adds they were only injected with Vitamins A and B. Danks says no peptides were administered to Bomber players intravenously.

    - Dank says everything Essendon players were given conformed to the WADA code and every supplement administered was logged in an electronic register kept on Essendon's Intranet.

    - Dank says some Essendon coaches - who are not subjected to the WADA code - were taking vitamin supplements, protein supplements and some of these were outside the WADA code. Dank said there was nothing illegal about the substances used by "a couple of the coaches".

    - Dank was told by club management three days after Essendon's final game of the season that his contract would not be renewed. In September, the Australian Crime Commission interviewed Dank and told him "they didn't think he had done anything wrong".

    Meanwhile, new Essendon player Brendon Giddard urged fans to stick by the club earlier on Monday.

    "As a whole team we've really helped each other in certain situations, particularly the last week, in talking about what we need to do and control what we can control," Goddard said.

    "Understandably the players have been a bit anxious. It's really important for us as a playing group to move on."

    "At this point in time it's all allegations and at no point can you jump to conclusions. [For] supporters it's important to stick by the club because the boys are doing everything they can to prepare for another season of footy and it obviously starts on Friday night."

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