Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson’s emotional court appearance saw him admitting that he was an ice user and spent 12 hours a day trading cryptocurrency when he left AFL in the wake of Essendon's drugs scandal.
Following months of rumours and investigations, on 13 August 2013, Thompson, along with the Essendon Football Club, senior coach James Hird, football manager Danny Corcoran and club doctor Bruce Reid, were charged by the AFL with bringing the game into disrepute in relation to the supplements program at the club in 2011 and 2012. The club was given 14 days to consider the charges and faced an AFL Commission hearing on 26 August 2013. On 27 August 2013, Thompson was fined $30,000 for his role in the supplements saga.
Currently, the premiership coach is fighting three drug trafficking charges and four of possession after drugs were allegedly found in his Port Melbourne home during police raids in January 2018.
He told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that he locked himself in his home, trading in cryptocurrency and using YouTube tutorials 12 hours a day, and using drugs. Mr. Thompson revealed that smoking ice became a “habit” for him and that his use of it increased towards the end of 2017 until his house was raided on January 5 the following year.
He traded up to $3 million in bitcoin online. Now facing jail time and with a reputation in tatters, the Australian sporting icon still believes his drug-fuelled investing may pay off.
“Bitcoin is still going to be a big thing. I’m a believer,”
Thompson has spoken frankly about the impact of the saga on him personally, telling a Law Institute of Victoria function last year he was
“bitter and twisted”.