AFL: AFL legend Jonathan Brown has slammed Essendon as 'weak' after captain Dyson Heppell pulled out of a radio interview.
Heppell was due to appear on Brown's show Chrissie, Sam and Browny on Melbourne radio station Nova 100 on Friday morning.
But after reports linked Essendon to underworld figure Mick Gatto - who spoke on The Footy Show about his alleged discussions with the club - Heppell's appearance was cancelled.
Brown said the players and club had clearly been affected by the Gatto news.
"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 piss by the footy club because they committed," Brown said on Nova 100.
"He's the captain of the footy club, he's a big boy, he can stand on his own two feet, and 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."
The Essendon supplements saga looked to have effectively ended after the suspended players - including Heppell - returned to football for the upcoming season.
But with the saga in the spotlight from February 2013 until the end of last year - then re-emerging at different times since - Brown said the cloud hanging over the club would have had a detrimental effect on 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,'" he said.
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