News Mark "Bomber" Thompson - Guilty of posession, not guilty of trafficking - 11/7

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Aug 1, 2011
AFL Club
Silly, silly stuff.

Can't help but feel sad about his spiral, although as Mojo said, if he's been trafficking ice of all things...well Jesus.

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Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 23, 2016
AFL Club

FORMER Essendon coach and premiership great Mark Thompson has been arrested and charged with seven drug offences.

Thompson is appearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

A Victoria Police statement confirmed that a 54-year-old Port Melbourne man had been arrested and charged with a number of offences, including two counts of trafficking ecstasy, trafficking methyl amphetamine, possessing ecstasy, possessing LSD and possessing a prescription drug without prescription.

The charges relate to a search warrant that was executed at a Port Melbourne address on January 5.

Thompson last coached in 2014, when he steered Essendon to the finals as senior coach James Hird sat out the season for his role in the Bombers' supplements saga.

Thompson had been poached by the Bombers at the end of 2010 to be a senior assistant to Hird, having coached 150 games and two premierships with Geelong.

He played in three premierships with the Bombers in an illustrious career at the club, including being skipper of their 1993 triumph.

But his time in the game ended in acrimony, as Thompson was penalised by the League for his role in Essendon's doping saga.

More to come

Mr Mojo Risin

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 15, 2008
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I think it's highly likely that Thompson is guilty of drug use and association with traffickers (and wouldn't be surprised to find that he himself is trafficking), but it irks me that people are ready to throw books without knowing all the details.

What if he is an addict with mental issues that wasn't trafficking but is associated with those that do? Enough so there is apparent evidence that he may be involved. It's worth an arrest so the evidence can be tested in trial, but us saying throw the book at this point is the epitome of our short attention span, lowest common denominator lynch mob mentality society.

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