Lee calls for Aussie drug cheats to be named and shamed

Basingstoke Gazette: BRETT LEE BRETT LEE

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has demanded the naming of individuals as the country faces up to the magnitude of yesterday's revelations into widespread drug-use and match-fixing.

A 12-month Australian Crime Commission (ACC) investigation revealed the increasing use of performance-enhancing substances across multiple codes and highlighted links with organised crime.

Lee, who retired from international cricket last year, is adamant his sport is clean but admitted there will be suspicion until the ACC release the names of those involved.

"We want to see some evidence and if someone is being caught then show us," Lee said.

"Show us the people who have done the wrong thing and then they (the public) can deal with that.

"It's not for us to say who are the people in trouble here, or which people have done the wrong thing.

"All I can say is on behalf of the Australian cricket team and anyone who wants to play for their country, everyone is doing the right thing and making sure they are training very hard."

Lee, who played 76 Tests for Australia and more than 200 one-day internationals, said he never saw any signs of drug-taking and wrongdoing in his 20 years in the sport.

"I've put my body on the line every single day but I've done it properly," said the fast bowler who recently said he was keen to play for Hampshire in the 2014 season.

"And I do believe that 99 per cent of people out there are doing the right thing so not everyone is tarred with the same brush.

"Most importantly... I've never seen anything in cricket that would lead me to believe that it's a dirty sport.

"We obviously pride ourselves on our image and we're out there to do the right thing and portray the right image to the children."

Lee said cricketers were constantly drug-tested throughout his career and backed the introduction of blood testing.

"I'm very careful what I put into my body, if you're not sure you don't take it," he said.

"That's why the guidelines are in place and that's why there are numbers you can call, internet access as well.

"That's why it falls on the athlete's shoulders."

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland and his Football Federation Australia counterpart David Gallop said their sports were not implicated in the report.

But National Rugby League (NRL) chief David Smith admitted players and clubs from his code were being investigated.

Phil Gould, the general manager of NRL club Penrith, is another who feels the ACC have made a bad situation worse due to the lack of detail in the report.

"This report from the Crime Commission is full of words like maybe, could be, suspected and potential," Gould told Channel Nine.

"Nobody has been named, no club has been named and no sport has been named.

"It's a broad-brush condemnation of Australian sport everywhere.

"At the moment everyone is guilty and I'm not sure, even if they find pockets of illegality, how you repair the integrity of everyone else who is in fact innocent."

New South Wales State of Origin coach Laurie Daley, in Brisbane for the All-Stars game, said it was sad every professional athlete had been "tarnished".

"Until you know more detail, I'm like everyone else - I am left in the dark a little bit," Daley said.

"You'd like to know what the charges are or where we actually sit in terms of what's been revealed. At this stage nobody is really sure. Until you really know, it's all speculation."

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