Less than 24 hours after AFL great, Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson was arrested and released without charge on Tuesday following a drug trafficking investigation, footage of the former Geelong and Essendon coach joking about “getting into the ice business” has gone viral.
A snippet from the 2009 Fox Sports On The Couch interview with the 54-year-old, who was also embroiled in the Essendon supplement saga from 2013 – 2016, shows him making a joke about what he might do when he retires.
“I might retire, and go and do something else like, sell frozen water or something,” Thompson told the show’s then-hosts, Gerard Healy, Mike Sheahan, and fellow former Essendon coach, James Hird.
“Sell frozen water?” one of the hosts can then be heard asking Thompson off-camera, to which he replied, “Ice. I just got bought into an ice business”.
Since it was posted on Facebook by Odds.com.au on Tuesday night, the video has been shared over 600 times, with 2,300 likes and almost 5,000 comments.
AAP reports a Port Melbourne property belonging to Thompson was raided by police on Friday as a part of a drug trafficking investigation, and he was arrested on Tuesday. Thompson presented himself to police by appointment and was released without charge, pending further inquiries.
Three other people have been charged with drug trafficking following the Port Melbourne raid and another search in Geelong. They include Thomas Windsor, 28, who was reportedly staying at the property owned by Thompson. A 31-year-old Lara man and a 22-year-old Mill Park woman were also charged and remanded in custody.
Media reports suggest Windsor and the Lara man, named as Karl Holt, have bikie links in the Geelong area. The trio were remanded in custody and are due to face court at a later date. Police said the arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking.
Thompson’s decorated AFL career includes winning three premierships playing for Essendon, where he played 202 games, as well as coaching Geelong to two premierships in 2007 and 2009. He then returned the the Bombers as an assistant coach, and was later fined $30,000 for his role in the supplement saga.