Report: Sharks settle supplements saga

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    The seven-year Cronulla drug saga is reportedly over, with 13 players from 2011 finally reaching an apparent $1.2 million settlement with the NRL club.

    News Corp Australia is reporting two years of courtroom battles have ended with just over half of Cronulla’s 25-man 2011 squad coming to a confidential settlement with the Sharks.

    It is understood players will receive vastly differing amounts, ranging from $10,000 up to $300,000.

    According to the News Corp report, the payout is covered by Cronulla’s insurance company with the club only needing to foot about $100,000 spent on legal fees.

    A string of high-profile players including Anthony Tupou joined together to take action against the Sharks.

    They sued for negligence, breach of contract and intentional tort during a period in 2011 when sports scientist Stephen Dank ran a supplements program at Cronulla.

    The scandal first broke in 2013, where Cronulla were knocked out in the preliminary finals against eventual grand finalists Manly-Warringah.

    Their 2014 campaign was derailed by the scandal, with coach Shane Flanagan suspended for the entirety of the season. Cronulla eventually finished with the wooden spoon after going through the year with just five wins under interim coach Peter Sharp, who later resigned and was replaced by James Shepherd.

    The Sharks rebounded in 2016 to win the side’s first ever premiership, a 14-12 win over the Melbourne Storm.

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    • February 15th 2018 @ 9:41am
      Paul said | February 15th 2018 @ 9:41am | ! Report

      I wonder what the premiums will be when the Sharkies try and get more insurance?

    • February 15th 2018 @ 1:17pm
      Crosscoder said | February 15th 2018 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

      Whatever the premiums will be,I doubt they will need to make future claims of such a magnitude.And they will be able to pay any increased premiums.

      And it is egg in the face to the Telegraph rl writers of the past, including the late Bec Wilson,Massoud,Hooper etc, who all predicted the club itself would be left with a huge payout, suggesting insurance would only cover so much.In addition to assumptions that were way out.

      It was indeed a black mark for the club and a costly one .

    • February 16th 2018 @ 8:33am
      Cathar Treize said | February 16th 2018 @ 8:33am | ! Report

      The club dodged a financial bullet there. Good outcome for the Sharks.

    • Roar Rookie

      February 16th 2018 @ 11:23am
      3_Hats SSTID 2014 said | February 16th 2018 @ 11:23am | ! Report

      What a Pathetic JOKE.

      The serious issue is that the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks have finally confessed to systematic doping in Sport.
      If they were innocent, why pay out anything at all even though only pityful amounts.

      What are they saying that a nobody fringe player who was subjected to the same illegal act is only worth 10 GRAND?

      I would love to know who was getting the $300k, maybe the biggest drug cheat of them all, Paul Gallen?
      He went from playing 50 minutes a game to an 80-minute player.
      All in the space of 1 off-season.

      No, it is obviously Anthony Tupou

      • February 16th 2018 @ 12:22pm
        Crosscoder said | February 16th 2018 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

        Gallen didn’t claim.So he would naturally be getting zero.Ditto Graham.You need to keep up to date.

        The claims IMO would be based on physical issues, emotional issues,what they were earning, loss of income,whether they got employment at other clubs here or the ESL.,how much time left on their contract.

        The club has never claimed innocence ,in that Dank was there.They stated they were unaware of the substance involved.”Finally confessed ‘ What the ,with the legal issues and no doubt negotiations involving these players going on for some time.

        I have a fair idea who would have got the larger amount,and I don’t believe it would be Tupou.

      • Roar Guru

        February 16th 2018 @ 12:55pm
        The Barry said | February 16th 2018 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

        Facts go out the window when the CAPS LOCK goes on

        Admitting negligence has nothing to do with admitting to systematic doping

        Compensation amounts are based on economic and non-economic loss…not on who played reserve grade

        Gallen wasn’t part of the case

      • Roar Rookie

        February 17th 2018 @ 12:22am
        William Dalton Davis said | February 17th 2018 @ 12:22am | ! Report

        The ramblings of a madman.

    • February 16th 2018 @ 5:54pm
      Crosscoder said | February 16th 2018 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

      Really.Didn’t use CAPS LOCK.

      If you checked the media since it first came out,the incidents were over a few months which the club has admitted,hardly suggestive of a one off.Admitting negligence has a hell of a lot to do with legal issues.

      I’ve provided a list of what would have been taken into account, when assessing compensation.that includes economic and non economic loss.If they were reserve graders they can hardly claim compo based on $750,000 PA.

      Of course he wasn’t part of the case, thus there is no reason to even bring his name into the equation.
      The guy has to live with it for the rest of his life,as comments such as yours perpetuatually reinforce .

      • February 16th 2018 @ 6:20pm
        Crosscoder said | February 16th 2018 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

        Last para was intended for 3 Hats.

        • Roar Guru

          February 16th 2018 @ 6:59pm
          The Barry said | February 16th 2018 @ 6:59pm | ! Report

          I would have thought the whole thing was meant for 3 hats as that’s who I was replying to and who all my comments were aimed at

          I’ve basically agreed with most of what you’ve written so I’m not sure what you’re arguing about.

          Admitting that they failed their duty of care in assuring what their players were administered is not the same thing as admitting to systematic doping.

          The compensation I referred to was in response to 3 hats rant about reserve graders only being worth 10k.

          And no idea why you’d think I was referring to you about caps lock if you didn’t use it…but the bloke I actually replied to did.

    • Roar Rookie

      February 17th 2018 @ 12:22am
      William Dalton Davis said | February 17th 2018 @ 12:22am | ! Report

      Can we leave this ugly mess back in 2013 where it belongs. The guys with the bigger black eyes on this are ASADA and the government for making such a huge deal over something that wasn’t even happening anymore.

      I want a real scandal. Not this crap. All this did was show us that WADA should stick to bullying individual athletes into accepting lesser sentences after they suddenly ban 500 random substances, half of which don’t do anything.

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