News Willie Rioli - Provisionally Suspended

Tugga27

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Perhaps my point was not clear. You are assuming Willie was not obscuring PED use by tampering with his sample. ASADA are not going to make that assumption. They will treat him as if he was attempting to obscure PED use.

I don't believe he was obscuring PED use but acknowledge that is my own value judgement. The system is going to have to treat him as if he were obscuring PED use or the whole WADA framework is undermined. More information might come out through the process which changes or influences how things should be examined but that remains to be seen.
Why do they have to treat him as trying to obscure anything?

Can't he just get done for tampering regardless?
 

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As much as I hate to use news.com.au as any kind of sense check... Apparently WADA pushing for a 2 - 8 year ban for Sun. Given the charge is also tampering and he has a prior conviction you would think that they would accept something around 2 years for Willie.
 

JohnW

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As much as I hate to use news.com.au as any kind of sense check... Apparently WADA pushing for a 2 - 8 year ban for Sun. Given the charge is also tampering and he has a prior conviction you would think that they would accept something around 2 years for Willie.
Worst case in my opinion.
 

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Just need to ensure his life stays on track. Serious reputational risk to the Club if he turns into a Cousins/Yarran, for example, as unlikely as that might be
Alright uncle joe. It’s just weed, unprofessional and against WADA regs sure but he’s not got behavioural issues like those two.


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Alright uncle joe. It’s just weed, unprofessional and against WADA regs sure but he’s not got behavioural issues like those two.


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Nah I meant more like getting lost/depressed without football in his life and something bad happening. He’s obviously nothing like them behaviourally but things could spiral out of control if he’s left unsupported in financial difficulty with a family to feed, etc.

Just reckon the club should at least keep an eye on things
 

Chris_6678

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Nah I meant more like getting lost/depressed without football in his life and something bad happening. He’s obviously nothing like them behaviourally but things could spiral out of control if he’s left unsupported in financial difficulty with a family to feed, etc.

Just reckon the club should at least keep an eye on things
With Bateman ( And ex Eagle Jamie Bennel) up there helping him train i think they are definitely keeping an eye on things.
 

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Well hopefully he has a massive pre season then gets a small (under 12 months) suspension and can be right for the start of next year pre season.

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If he gets less than 12 months I expect we would see him play in 2020 (unless this list completely craps the bed).

We should get to 2nd week of finals at least (even that would be a disappointment) so Willie would be available. Anything under 12 months obviously only brings that date forward.

I still think it will be 18 months fwiw

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