Bombers’ head of communications, Jeremy Arnold, tweeted that Heppell was not pulled from the interview by the club due to revelations surrounding Mick Gatto’s involvement with Essendon, as was stated by Brisbane great, Jonathon Brown.
— Jeremy Arnold (@jeremyarnold_) March 10, 2017
Pask also tweeted to clarify the incident, stating that Heppell, an ambassador of the Australian Grand Prix, was pulled from the air by Grand Prix officials, not the club.
— Marty Pask (@mpask) March 10, 2017
Earlier, Brown slammed the Essendon Football Club for denying his radio station an interview with Bombers’ captain.
Heppell was scheduled to join Chrissie, Sam and Browny on Nova 100’s breakfast show on Friday morning, but Brown stated the club pulled Heppell from the show following Thursday’s revelations.
On Channel Nine’s The Footy Show on Thursday night, Sam Newman interviewed underworld figure Mick Gatto who confirmed he was approached by members of the Essendon staff to help them through the supplements scandal.
Brown believed Heppell was pulled from the morning breakfast show following the news, and was unimpressed with Essendon’s decision to keep Heppell from the radio.
“They will be affected by it including the fact that Dyson Heppell was supposed to be on our show this morning and has been pulled by the club last night which is weak as p*ss by the footy club because they committed, he’s the captain of the footy club, he’s a big boy, he can stand on his own two feet,” Brown said on NOVA’s breakfast show on Friday morning.
“He was on the Footy Show last night so it’s not something that he wasn’t asked about last night and really in a comfortable and safe environment like ours, what do they think we are going to cross examine him like it’s Four Corners.
“It has been an absolute mess. This would affect the players.
“There would not have been an Essendon player over the last two or three years that has put their head on the pillow at night and thought Jesus I wish I played for another team.”