Richmond legend Kevin Bartlett has called for the West Coast Eagles to be stripped of the 2006 Premiership. Bartlett’s comments come off the back of the publication of a previously unreleased report that delved into the drug culture at the club between 2001 and 2007.
KB Not Holding Back
Bartlett didn’t hold back with his remarks on SEN radio this morning.
“Many of the drug and behavioural allegations we have heard over the years, like the judge speaking about Eagles player Chad Fletcher flat-lining in Las Vegas; Daniel Kerr and a prescription for 50 Valium pills; and of course many stories circulating Ben Cousins and other team mates.”
“Those most hurt by today’s Herald Sun story are now Essendon coach John Worsfold, then the coach of the Eagles and CEO of West Coast Trevor Nisbett, as clearly judge Gillard felt they did not act strongly enough on compelling evidence.”
“After reading judge Gillard’s report today I’m taking away the asterisk and putting in a black line through that flag.”
The report released this morning by the Herald Sun is explosive in its detail. It was written by former Victorian Supreme Court judge William Gillard, QC, the eminent legal figure appointed by the AFL as its special investigator.
It is a confronting read and makes the West Coast footy club of a decade ago look like a complete basket case.
Not A Big Surprise
In all honesty, most people were already well aware of the Eagles problems in the mid-00’s.
After thoroughly reading the Gillard report on West Coast Eagles. The only thing new I learnt was that Beau Waters ate a live gold fish 🐟
— Campbell brown (@Browndogg_30x) March 20, 2017
Is anyone genuinely surprised by this West Coast Eagles drug stuff? Hardly a revelation.
— Darryl Berg (@ossienet) March 20, 2017
West Coast Eagles using drugs? In other news, water wet
— BT (@bentyers) March 20, 2017
Should the West Coast Premiership Be Taken Away?
With less than a week until the Eagles first match of the season against North on Sunday, this is a headache they could have done without.
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor