They seriously questioned why I needed them

Posted On: October 24, 2014

Former Bombers rookie fights to learn what he was injected with

A former AFL rookie who took cheap canada goose uk part in Essendon’s catastrophic supplements program has spoken to the ABC canada goose uk black friday in detail about his battle with the club to find out what exactly he was injected with.

Key points:Hal Hunter took part in supplements program during 2012 seasonASADA believes he may have buy canada goose jacket been injected with an equine supplementHe has taken Essendon canadian goose jacket to court in a bid to find canada goose store out what he was givenIn response, Essendon has pursued Mr Hunter for legal costs

“They’ve treated me like I was the youngest player, I was a rookie, I wasn’t important and I’m still not important. They’re treating it like it’s an issue that’s just going to go away.”

canada goose outlet Mr Hunter was canada goose uk outlet 18 when he was drafted by Essendon in December 2011, and took part in the program during the 2012 season.

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In 2014 he approached uk canada goose the club, requesting details of the supplements he was given and the injections he received, canada goose coats but Essendon refused to tell him.

canada goose outlet toronto factory “There’s been lots and lots of delays. They seriously questioned why I needed them, what my motives were. They claimed I was a disgruntled ex employee,” Mr Hunter said. canada goose outlet toronto factory

canada goose outlet location “They’ve tried to brush me off, like I’m not important. It’s been almost a year and a half and I still don’t have any answers to the questions Canada Goose online I’m asking. And I’m no closer to canada goose clearance finding out what I was given.” canada goose outlet location

After canada goose factory sale Mr Hunter and his legal team gave notice to Essendon and the AFL that they were considering launching legal action, the club produced Mr Hunter’s medical records in June 2015, followed two months Canada Goose Parka later by incomplete records of some of the supplements he had been given.

Last week, having previously assured a judge they had handed over all the documents in their possession relating to Hunter, the club canada goose uk shop produced a further set of documents.

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Mr Hunter’s father James told Four Corners it is an “appalling situation”.

“Hal’s simply trying to understand what the club allowed to happen to him canada goose black friday sale whilst he was in their care and he’s been forced down a road that he really shouldn’t have had to go down,” he said.

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canada goose outlet trillium parka black Mr Hunter knows some of the pills he was given at the club, but has no idea what he was injected with off site, at a Melbourne clinic called HyperMED. canada goose outlet trillium parka black

canada goose outlet store quebec “My understanding is that according to the evidence of one of the players, they had at some point seen a label on a jar which said: ‘for equine use only’,” ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said. canada goose outlet store quebec

The supplement in question was brought into Australia from overseas by a patient of Melbourne doctor Robin Willcourt.

“The person concerned picked up this concoction, if you will, of amino acids with vitamin B in it and that’s used in lots of detox programs. There’s nothing bizarre and strange about that,” he said.

But Mr Hunter’s mother, public health microbiologist Melita Stevens, disagreed.

“It’s of course highly unethical to inject somebody with somebody else’s medicine and to not have the appropriate controls in place or the forms or the provenance of canada goose coats on sale those compounds,” she said.

Mr Hunter has gone to court to try and force the club to hand over all its documents relating to the supplements and injections he was given.

In response, Essendon Football Club has pursued Mr Hunter for costs. The club’s strategy has shocked and angered Mr Hunter, his family and his legal team.

“I think everyone can identify with what’s happened to the Hunters in this case,” said Mr Hunter’s lawyer Patrick Keyzer.

canada goose outlet online uk “Imagine if your child was injected with all this canada goose clearance sale stuff and not only do they not know what it is, they’re not even willing to tell him. canada goose outlet online uk canada goose outlet orlando “They’re not even willing to tell him that they don’t know, and now, trying to make him pay for the privilege of finding out. It’s shocking.” canada goose outlet orlando

‘Grubby and petty’ legal fightMs Stevens told Four Corners it shows “the club actually doesn’t care about the players”.