Sandor Earl has pleaded for fans not to feel sorry for him.
In an exclusive 45-minute interview on the NRL Footy Show, Earl, the first victim of the ASADA scandal, broke his silence, turning the spotlight back on sport scientist Stephen Dank, who has repeatedly disputed giving athletes banned substances.
Earl denied he’s a drug cheat and claimed Dank told him the peptide, CJC-1295, was WADA-approved.
“I met with Stephen Dank at the facility where we train (at Penrith) and I was introduced to him by a strength and conditioning coach,” Earl said.
“My best recollection of him is as a sports scientist. He did tell me his credentials, which included working at Manly, the Sharks, the Gold Coast Suns.
“So someone like that, who I believe is an employee of the club, is in my opinion a reputable sports scientist…
“…I had to assume why would this person be employed to hand out prohibited substances. It would make no sense.”
When put on the roast by Channel 9 journalist Karl Stefanovic, Earl questioned why the Penrith Panthers failed to ask more questions about the $1160 they spent on medical bills for the 12 treatments.
In relation to the trafficking charge which could see him suspended for up to four years, Earl said Ijaz Khan, the doctor who administered the drug, told him he was “running out” of CJC-1295, so he picked up a box containing the substances before returning to Cabramatta.
“Looking back, who’d have thought something purely out of convenience would come with these problems,” Earl said.
“I don’t want people to feel sorry for me at all. People are going to make their judgements and that’s fine but I’d rather them make their judgements on the truth and the facts that I’ve said today.” – Luke Mahoney