Mark Bomber Thompson interview, sons, family, A Current Affair, drugs charges, court
An emotional Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson has recounted the beautiful act of love by his son during the AFL great’s darkest days, which helped him begin to turn his life around.
In a lengthy TV interview with A Current Affair, Thompson said he hit “rock bottom” in January 2018 after police seized 481 ecstasy pills and ice during a raid of his Port Melbourne home. In July 2019, he was found not guilty of trafficking, but guilty of drug possession.
Following the police raid three years ago, Thompson received a visit from former Essendon colleagues James Hird and Adrian Dodoro, who took him to see Melbourne-based psychologist, Sandy Rae.
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Rae diagnosed Thompson with post traumatic stress disorder following the disastrous Essendon supplements saga, which eventually led to 34 past and present Bombers players copping 12-month bans and Thompson being fined $30,000 for his part in the program.
As part of his treatment, Thompson was urged to reconnect with his family and friends, including sons Daniel and Michael.
“Maybe they (Thompson’s sons) thought they lost me a bit because I sort of went away from them,” a teary Thompson told Channel 9’s A Current Affair.
“I remember getting a message from my son (Michael), saying: “It doesn’t matter, Dad … we’re 100 per cent behind you. And I was so proud of that kid.
“To me, that was so powerful that my child could do that for me when I’d probably give him a fair bit.”
Thompson said being able to reconnect with loved ones was “the most powerful thing that’s ever happened to me”, sayinf years of emotion and anger was “released”.
Thompson said he learned a crucial lesson, which he wants others to hear: Don’t suffer in silence.
“Think about what you’ve done and know that people who love you will forgive you for whatever you do – because they love you,” he said.
“Don’t avoid them, don’t hide from them, don’t do anything except for engage with them.”
Thompson has turned the corner, taking up woodwork and making tables and cheesboards to keep himself busy.
His connection with his family has also strengthened.
“One of the best things that has happened is that I’ve found what I want to do. I’ve got the purpose and the purpose is to come and do some woodwork with my mates,” he said.
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