Tim Watson is satisfied his son will not face sanctions over the supplement crisis at Essendon.I took drug: Jobe Watson

The father of Essendon Brownlow Medallist Jobe Watson says he is certain about the “likelihood of a positive outcome” for his son, despite Watson admitting that he believed he took a drug which is now on the anti-doping authorities banned list.

Former Bombers great Tim Watson says there are “complexities” surrounding the issue of whether the drug in question – AOD 9604 – was a banned substance at the time it was administered to his son.

The World Anti-Doping Authority released a statement earlier this year confirming that the anti-obesity drug AOD-9604 was not approved for human use and was banned for use by athletes.

However, Tim Watson, speaking on SEN on Tuesday, said he was aware of information not yet made public that suggested his son had done nothing wrong.

“It is not as simple and as straightforward as that. There’s always been more complexities about that,” he said.

“And I’m not going to go into the complexities of it. But it will be revealed in time… and he (Jobe) is looking forward to this.

“The players will be looking forward to that judgment being made because they have had nothing to conceal and hide all the way through.

“The contentious point here will be whether or not it (the drug Watson took) is a bad substance and whether or not the information that they were given at the time about it being a banned substance and the properties of AOD, whether or not it is a banned substance.

“They are very confident, as Jobe spoke last night directly and confidently about that fact.

“They were given this (drug) as part of of their supplements program and the players are certain that they haven’t taken a banned substance.”

Jobe Watson admitted on Monday night that he signed a consent form – also signed by sacked sport scientist Stephen Dank – and believed he was taking AOD 9604 during the period the club’s 2012 supplement program, which is under investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the AFL.

Watson won the Brownlow Medal that year, beating equal runners up – Richmond’s Trent Cotchin and Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell – by four votes.

“My understanding after it being given through (club doctor) Bruce Reid and the club is that I was receiving AOD, yes,” he said when asked on Fox Footy’s On The Couch.

However he made it clear that that he believed the substance was legal.

“The understanding we had through the advice we got and from the medical doctor at the football club was that it was a legal substance,” he said.

The Bombers skipper said he did not expect Essendon players to be sanctioned.

“It’s my belief that we have done nothing wrong,” he said.

“I don’t have a feeling of guilt. All I want is the truth to come out.

“It’s not impacting on me. It’s not a cloud that’s hanging over me.”

Players can be banned for up to two years if charged under the WADA code and found guilty by the AFL tribunal.

Tim Watson said he was concerned when he first learnt his son had taken the drug, but conversations with people involved in the investigation since then have reassured him.

“To me, because of the discussions that I’ve had with people, I’m completely and utterly satisfied with what has taken place in terms of how it has been dealt with and the likelihood of a positive outcome,” he said.

“You’ve got to understand that the information that (the players) have been given and the explanation that they’ve been given is the reason why Jobe spoke so confidently last night.

“I guess what you have to understand is that (Watson’s admissions) are eye-opening, but for people that have actually lived it for some time now, it’s not so eye-opening.

“I guess that’s what is difficult for people to get their head around.”

Tim Watson said he could not reveal what the information was that had convinced him.

“You are asking me as a parent of somebody. I’m not prepared to go into the absolute detail of every component of this that I know because that would be wrong for me to do that,” he said.

“Because I would be breaking the confidence and trust of other people that I’ve spoken to.”

Tim Watson said he was unsure whether Essendon was aware or had given the green light for his son to make his public admissions.

Up until Monday night, players currently on Essendon’s list had declined to answer such specific questions about the supplement program, citing the ongoing confidentialities of the ASADA-AFL investigation.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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