Hindmarsh has told of his frustration of the leniency of ASADA’s backdated bans handed down to Cronulla Sharks players.
Parramatta Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh has slammed the backdated bans handed to Cronulla Sharks players, which has seen players sidelined for just three games.
Hindmarsh told Fox Sports’ Monday Night with Matty Johns that the ASADA process was farcical, with the bans handed down to the Sharks players being far too lenient.
“Seems to be a bit of a farce for me,” Hindmarsh said.
“I’ve sat in on a lot of talks from ASADA about what drugs you can and can’t take and the issues and complications and suspensions you get if you are going to take a banned substance.
Whether they knew what they were taking is another story but they’ve taken the bans. I thought it was an automatic two-year ban.
“How can you make an offer?
“Someone has sat in our Eels training and told us if you take a banned substance it’s a two-year ban.
“It doesn’t matter if it was in your mums cooking or whatever, it’s a two-year ban.”
Players who accepted the backdated ban have been suspended for the rest of the NRL season and are able to return to their clubs in November.