Former Essendon and Cronulla Sharks sports scientist Stephen Dank has been ordered to pay the legal costs for a publisher whom he sued for defamation over an article that appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph in 2013.
The article in question claimed that Dank gave blood-thinner drug warfarin to Cronulla players during his time at the club.
A NSW court found the articles to be defamatory, however, the court heard that Dank should only receive the absolute bare minimum in the cost of damages as the jury found he did “much, much worse” that what the article claimed.
Dank will now been ordered to pay the cost of the case.
The court also found that while Dank was working at the Sharks, he acted with “reckless indifference” towards the life of player Jon Mannah, who died in 2015 due to Hodgkin lymphoma disease.
The court found that by receiving dangerous peptides from Dank, Mannah’s death from his cancer could have been accelerated.