Dopers won't take bait: psychologist

Written By Unknown on Senin, 11 Februari 2013 | 23.40

Doping ... Psychologist Patsy Tremayne doubts guilty players will come forward. Source: Supplied

Former AFL Players Association psychologist Patsy Tremayne has termed the Australian Crime Commission's report release a "fishing expedition'' and doubts whether many dopers will take the bait.

Justice Minister Jason Clare said on Sunday some players had already come forward with pertinent information following the ACC's shocking revelations about widespread doping, links to crime and even an apparent case of match-fixing in Australian sport last week.

Clare had been forthright at Thursday's ACC announcement, warning professional sportsmen to not ''underestimate how much we know, and if you are involved in this come forward before you get a knock at the door''.

But Tremayne, an associate professor at University of Western Sydney, believed the stick being waved by Clare and his counterparts would be ineffective in most cases.

''I think they (players involved with doping or match-fixing) would be very torn right now, thinking 'should I come clean or not?' and 'will it get better for me?'.'' Tremayne said of the ACC's Project Aperio findings.

''I'm sure that they'll be weighing up whether they've done much to get caught or not.

''I believe a very small number of people would have come forward so far.

''I dont think there's going to be an avalanche by any means.

''I'm not sure, but I think with a lot of them the feeling would be 'well we can't trust the government' to a large extent.

''Unless they've been fairly blatant and they know that other people know ... or if they have a few enemies who might dob them in.''

Tremayne warned on Monday of the psychological challenges that dopers face.

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''These athletes are essentially living a lie by keeping their doping to themselves and hiding it from their friends and families, and the constant subterfuge would eventually take a toll,'' Tremayne said.

''I just think they're going to be left with a legacy of shame for what they have done.

''When their careers are over and they have children, they will feel deep regret and shame.''

However she was doubtful of just how widespread the issues were.

''In some ways that crime report is really just a fishing expedition it seems. That's my opinion, unless they bring out hard data.''

Tremayne said there was no simple answer to ensuring sports stars resist the temptations of doping, but that bringing them outside the club's bubble was crucial.

''A lot of footballers get into a situation where they don't mix with anyone outside the club.

''I think sports clubs could make a concerted effort to try and encourage them to have external people in their life more and do more external things, instead of having them in the bubble.''

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