Collingwood midfielder Dane Swan has once again found himself in the media spotlight after yet another rant on Twitter in relation to the AFL’s Drug Testing Policy. Swan’s latest rant, his third in under a fortnight, has left many football fans bemused and concerned that he doesn’t fully understand the importance of the AFL’s drug testing procedures.
Earlier this morning, Swan tweeted…
“Stop sending out drug testers at 6am. It’s starting to piss me off. You can’t catch me anyway. Too clever.”
… Less than two weeks after the following rants, whilst participating in high-altitude training in Arizona;
“Drug testers are here. Looks like we are all gonna get caught. I knew coming to Flagstaff to pump ourselves full of steroids would backfire!”
“Nice of the drug testers to wake us up this morning for another test. I really hope they come tomorrow too. Please send them again.”
Today, when questioned by the Herald Sun, Swan replied;
“If someone knocks on the door at six o’clock next time, I won’t answer. I’ll wait until it’s time to get up. I don’t have a problem with it but I do have a problem with 6am. It’s ruined my whole day. If they want to keep sending them out at six o’clock, I might have to move house.”
Firstly, the AFL have the responsibility to fans, critics and players alike to ensure the integrity of the game is upheld and one way they achieve this is through their drug-testing regime. The reasoning behind the AFL doing a series of tests in a short period of time is to ensure they can compile blood profiles on players, the cutting edge blood testing technique. To compile these profiles, they compare a player against his own norm rather than against a broader average.
Secondly, Swan claims that a test at 6am will ruin his whole day… Excuse me? If Swan was tested at midday and consequently couldn’t make plans before or after the testing, that might in fact ruin his day, however when tested at 6am, it’s quite the opposite as he has the whole day ahead to make plans.
It is also worth keeping in mind that it was just under three months ago when Swan signed a new deal with Collingwood, which will see his playing career secured until at least the end of the 2014 season. On top of this, Swan is set to earn in excess of $700,000 annually, equating to just under $3 million of guaranteed income.
Some of society’s lowest paying and physically gruelling jobs, such as those seen in the cleaning or hospitality industries, require employees to work at all hours, be it early morning or late at night. The annual income for these members of the community is less than $35000, one twentieth of Swan’s.
Put simply, Dane Swan earns more money in one year for playing a game he loves, than many of Australia’s hardest workers do in twenty years. For Swan to complain about a few early morning trips to the toilet is nothing more than selfish and downright disrespectful.