James Hird In Conversation
On Sunday 17 January, former Essendon coach James Hird gave his one and only interview on the AFL doping scandal and ethics in sport to ABC journalist Tracey Holmes.
While the AFL and ASADA found Essendon players innocent, an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned that ruling. It was a controversial end to a bitter and painful saga.
The Ethics Centre invited Hird to share his side of the story. After years of confidentiality, Hird reflected on his departure from Essendon, the toll on the players, the investigation, speculation and what was going on at the club.
View the interview in full here.
After the broadcast, we were able to take questions from the audience. You can watch the Q&A session in full here. Please note the sound quality is poor – if you'd prefer, you can read the transcript.