Bullshit he took a bullet. He knew what was going on, he was warned. I don't think a coach would not know. He received text messages about it. The afl has the right to be judge jury and executioner. The bombers are under the AFL, they abide by their rules.
But if this is true they could've got him for it months ago... like rockcod said the best they can do is for 'bringing the game into disrepute'. basically so the afl and media don't look like pissweak dickheads and so the holier than thou bogans can feel good.
Essendon probably can't afford to keep fighting so long against the rich afl and it makes the club look worse if it goes on so they just accepted that.. not so bad compared to NRL clubs.