Stephen Dank quiet on explosive claims against AFL after vowing he won’t be silenced

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Stephen Dank arrives at his Ascot Vale home. Photo: Joe ArmaoStephen Dank vowed he would not be silenced after a bullet grazed his face during a drive-by shooting in Ascot Vale, but the disgraced sports scientist was tight-lipped on Sunday and refused to elaborate on the “bombshell” he planned to deliver at an event in Bendigo.
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While police are expected to examine Mr Dank’s business affairs and possible links to Melbourne’s underworld, the 52-year-old insists the attack on Saturday morning was an attempt to quash his plan to speak out against drug use among elite sporting codes.

The architect of Essendon’s supplements regimen had a deep cut over his right eye, which appeared badly bruised, after he was believed to have been hit by a bullet fragment during the early morning attack.

The banned sports scientist declined to answer questions from Fairfax Media, but confirmed he was set to make a series of revelations during a $90-per-head luncheon organised by the South Bendigo Football and Netball Club.

Most whistleblowers turn to 60 Minutes or Four Corners to make a quick dollar or a big splash, but Mr Dank said his “deep love of country footy” had motivated the decision to expose the nation’s most powerful sporting codes during a pre-game fundraiser at the South Bendigo social rooms.

He had instructed the South Bendigo “Bloods” to invite media to the event and encouraged organisers to use his appearance as “bait” to sell tickets, according to life-member, Trevor Wright.

Perhaps overestimating his pulling power, only 100 tickets were sold for the function, which failed to cover Mr Dank’s $1000 appearance fee.

“We lost some sales because of it [Mr Dank’s appearance], but we probably gained a few too, but it definitely created a bit of talk,” Mr Wright said.

He said former Hawthorn footballer Robert DiPierdomenico filled the breach, when Mr Dank was forced to cancel at about 1pm on Saturday.

Mr Wright described Mr Dank’s plans to drop a “bombshell” before a country footy game as “very, very strange”.

On Sunday, Mr Dank would not say when he planned to make good on the threat, other than to say, “we’re evaluating our options”.

He conceded he was worn down by his protracted legal battles with the AFL, NRL and ASADA.

On Wednesday, an appeal by Mr Dank against a life ban by the AFL over 10 breaches of the anti-doping code is expected to be heard by the league tribunal’s appeal board.

The controversial sports scientist has claimed he will not be ready for the hearing, while the tribunal’s lawyers have accused him of stalling.

Mr Dank has frequently cast himself as a reputable medical practitioner and has accrued massive legal debts taking defamation action against several media organisations.

“He borrowed a lot of money to fund those lawsuits and you wouldn’t say it was a big-four bank,” a source told Fairfax Media.

Mr Dank was also recently embroiled in a failed agribusiness venture and is being sued by a bank subsidiary for $90,000.

While he has denied he has any debts or having known enemies, police are expected to examine Mr Dank’s financial affairs.

Links between Mr Dank’s anti-ageing businesses and underworld figures, including outlaw motorcycle gangs are also expected to attract attention from police investigators.

Mr Dank’s associate, Robin James Taylor, was convicted last year for possessing testosterone and oxytocin among other performance-enhancing substances. Taylor, who runs the Melbourne Sports Medicine and Anti-Ageing Clinic, has previous convictions for cocaine and steroid possession and is known to treat bikie club members.

Mr Dank’s former right-hand man, Darren Hibbert, suspects bikie gangs could have been involved because Dank’s anti-ageing clinics were taking clients away from their black-market steroid trade.

On Sunday, Mr Dank appeared agitated as he backed out of his garage and pointed at reporters before speeding off at about 11am.

After shopping at a local organic grocery store, Mr Dank returned just before 1pm and ignored the media scrum outside the Ascot Vale townhouse that had been peppered with six bullets.

With Steve Lillebuen

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