Stephen Dank shooting: Sports connection
unlikely as experts point to bikie methods
Carly Crawford and Mark Buttler, Herald
THE shooting ambush that wounded
sports scientist Stephen Dank was not linked to sports doping.
The Sunday Herald Sun
understands the shots fired at Dank’s Ascot Vale home were likely to
have been motivated by another grievance and may have been the work
Police and the Australian Sports
Anti-Doping Authority have not been liaising over the case,
indicating there is no evidence of a link with Dank’s sports science
activities, or any allegations he may have been prepared to make.
Experts on bikie activity said the
shooting bore the hallmarks of outlaw motorcycle gang-style
Dank’s involvement with peptides
and supplements, popular among bikies, elevated that possibility
Police have declined to comment on
Stephen Dank split with a business
partner in Sydney more than a year ago. The man, a director of the
online clinic Dank once ran from Bondi, told the Sunday Herald
Sun Dank had left the enterprise on good terms.
“Steve is just doing his own thing
with a group of people down there (Melbourne). I was obviously
concerned about what happened over the weekend; I wish him well,” he
He believed Dank remained in the
peptide and supplement trade with Melbourne contacts.
Another of Dank’s former
businesses, Applied Orthopedic Science Consultancy, was placed in
liquidation five years ago with four creditors claiming to be out of
pocket $15,000 in total. He is also being sued over a $90,000 loan
for an investment in a failed agribusiness venture.
Dank has publicly insisted someone
is trying to silence him over sports doping revelations he claims he
had planned to make last Saturday.