PAUL Hamilton remained tight lipped on Wednesday on the Essendon supplements scandal following the public release of the charges against the AFL club.
Hamilton – the Central Victorian Football regional general manager – spent the previous four years as Essendon’s football manager, including last season when the substances given to Bombers players have become the subject of a joint AFL-ASADA investigation.
Speaking publicly for only the second time during the investigation, Hamilton maintained his stance in the Bendigo Advertiser on May 10 that he has a clear conscience.
“There’s a lot of new information that has come out since then, but in terms of my conscience, it’s still clear,” Hamilton said today.
The charge sheet includes a reference to Hamilton, as well as fellow Bombers’ official Danny Corcoran, being present at a meeting on August 5, 2011, when Essendon coach James Hird was interviewed by an officer of ASADA and the AFL Integrity Unit and informed peptides were “a serious risk to the integrity of the AFL, in the same category as steroids and HGH (human growth hormone).”
The charge sheet also details a letter written by Essendon doctor Bruce Reid to Hird and Hamilton around the time of January 17 last year indicating his concerns about players receiving peptide injections.
Hamilton described the charge sheet as “one side of the story”.
“This is a charge sheet that is one side of the story and doesn’t show actions that might have been taken,” Hamilton said.
“Everyone who is mentioned in there has a right to respond through the correct channels, which I personally don’t believe is the media, and for me, that’s where it’s at.”
Hamilton – who started in his new football role in Bendigo in April – said he had been reluctant to speak publicly on the Essendon investigation at the request of ASADA and the AFL.