Stephen Dank

WADA Claims New Evidence Against Bombers
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) announced in early August the results of tests which were done at a cutting-edge lab in Cologne, Germany. While the results do not prove that the banned Thymosin Beta-4 (TB4) was given to the Essendon players, the samples were taken from the players between December 2011 and August 2012 and then frozen and stored. Of the 27 samples which were recently tested, two showed high levels of TB4. These two came from players who were on Essendon's list in 2012.

Stephen Dank Appeals Life Ban
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Stephen Dank, recently handed an international life ban from the sports industry, announced that he will appeal that ban and reiterated his intentions of possible legal action against ASADA. He also announced legal action against the AFL, but he has yet to file any motions. Dank, through an attorney, submitted a statement to the AFL legal department indicating his appeal. The appeal has been set for a tentative date of August 17. However Dank has asked for an extension so he can better prepare even though there is still no word as to whether or not he will actually appear before the hearing.

Stephen Dank Banned For Life
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

It may have been unofficial that Stephen Dank would never be able to find employment with another sports franchise or within the sporting industry due to his involvement in the Essendon supplements saga, but as of June 26 2015 it was official. Dank was cleared of 21 of the 31 charges laid against him by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal, but ten of the charges remained. The 21 dropped charges centered around what Dank may or may not have actually administered to the players, with the Tribunal indicating they were "not comfortably satisfied" that there was enough evidence for a guilty verdict. The remaining ten charges included "trafficking, attempting to traffic and complicity in matters related to a range of prohibited substances" and centered around the banned substances Hexarelin, Humanofort, CJC-1295, GHRP6 and SARSM. All are human growth peptides, some of which are used in the bodybuilding world. According to Dr Peter Larkins, who has long been associated with the AFL, CJC-1295 is extremely dangerous as it can cause high blood pressure, extreme stress on the liver and kidney, loss of fertility and can potentially cause the growth of cancer cells.

AFL Tribunal Says Dank Guilty
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Once the Anti-Doping Tribunal finished with the cases of the 34 past and present Essendon players, they turned their attention to the man at the center of it all: Stephen Dank. Dank was issued a show cause notice at the same time as the 34 players and his case was reviewed alongside those of the players however, no decision was rendered on him at that time. Dank never cooperated with the investigators or the tribunal. He also has claimed publicly throughout, that he never administered any banned substances and claimed he had proof that would clear the players. However, he has never produced the alleged proof and even cast doubt on whether it exists.

Police Question Stephen Dank
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just days before the Essendon-ASADA June 27 court hearing, Stephen Dank was arrested and questioned by the Purana police task force regarding the theft of over $10,000 worth of peptides. Dank was released but the police are continuing their investigations. The allegations of theft came from compound pharmacist Nima Alavi, who suspects Dank stole peptides intended for a patient. Alavi said he believes Dank forged his signature on documents stating substances used on Essendon players were WADA compliant.

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