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A Loyal Player

Do you stick up for your team or make a stand for the sake of your sport?

You're a member of a football team. You've loved your sport all your life. As a child you looked up to the heroes of the game, especially those you saw as fine examples of sportsmanship and fair play, not just those with supreme sporting ability.

For a while you have been aware of breaches of the Anti-Doping Code at your club. This knowledge has made you very uncomfortable.

When you have raised your concerns with team management, the response has been that the line between what is allowed and what is prohibited is completely arbitrary and that other clubs are doing the same. If your club was to stick to the letter of the Code then the players “may as well pack up and go home”.

Now an ASADA investigation is underway, and you are dismayed, but not surprised, that the overwhelming response of the team is defensive—to close ranks in the cause of loyalty to the team. No one wants to cooperate with the investigation.

You love the experience of being part of this team, but you see the ASADA investigation as an opportunity to return the game to one you have always loved: a clean competition in which how the game is played is just as important as winning.

What does loyalty demand of you now? Should you be loyal to your teammates and join them in thwarting the investigation? Or does true loyalty demand that you tell the truth in the long-term interests of the sport you love, in the hope that the competition can be cleaned up for the future?

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