The threat of heftier sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency has prompted key figures in the Lachie Whitfield saga to accept bans for the 2017 season.News Corp and Fox Sports have reported the young Greater Western Sydney midfielder will be handed a six-month ban for avoiding a drugs test last May.The two ex-Giants staff members involved in the cover-up - Graeme Allan and Craig Lambert - are also set for 12-month bans under the AFL-imposed but ASADA-backed agreement.A final decision and announcement of the punishments, which could also include the loss of picks in his months national draft, could arrive this week after Tuesdays AFL Commission meeting.The suspensions will allow Whitfield, taken by the Giants with the No.1 pick in the 2012 draft, to resume his career as soon as round nine of the 2017 season.Allan, who is now Collingwoods football chief, and Lambert, who also left his role as a welfare officer with the Giants for a role with AFL rivals Brisbane, would resume their careers at seasons end.The punishment is a blow for the Magpies, which released respected backroom operator Neil Balme after appointing Allan and will need to find a short-term replacement for the 2016 season.The sentences are the result of negotiations between the parties and the AFL, under ASADA supervision, unlike the tortured, antagonistic process that lengthened Essendons supplements saga.Its understood that by accepting the sanctions, ASADA will effectively close the book on the inquiry, clearing Whitfield, Allan and Lambert of future investigations.It is unclear whether Whitfield will be able to train with the Giants during his ban.The 22-year-old stayed at Lamberts house for several nights in May last year, under Allans instructions, after alleged recreational drug use, so as to avoid a potential drug test.Any announcement on Tuesday would come alongside the Commissions decision on whether it will award Brownlow Medals to Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin.Mitchell and Cotchin polled 26 votes in the 2012 count, behind only Essendon midfielder Jobe Watson, who has given back his medal after his involvement in the clubs doping regime. 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Gasser, who is white, was arrested late Monday. McKnight was black.Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand pounded on a podium during a news conference explaining the investigation.This isnt about race. Not a single witness has said ... one racial slur was uttered, the sheriff said.The case comes at a time of intense scrutiny in the African-American community about the shootings of black men, in particular by police. While this case doesnt involve a police shooting, it has flared temperatures and drawn protests at the sheriffs department.Its not clear whether Gasser has an attorney. Attempts to reach Gassers family were unsuccessful Tuesday.The sheriff said the dispute between the men started on a bridge and proceeded into a New Orleans suburb, with both men driving erratically and yelling at each other. Eventually, the cars came to a stop and McKnight confronted Gasser, who was still seated in his car, the sheriff said. Gasser pulled out a gun and shot McKnight three times, killing him. When deputies arrived, the sheriff said Gasser handed them his gun and said he shot McKnight, 28.The sheriff said McKnight had a gun in his vehicle but no evidence suggested he insinuated anything about it. It was his stepfathers gun, and his stepfathers vehicle, the sheriff said.During the news conference, the sheriff read aloud some of the derogatory remarks about the investigation, including racially charged comments.We have sometimes unrealistic expectations of how these things work ... you dont just run out and start slapping cuffs on people, Normand said.He noted that on Thursday, Gasser gave authorities a statement that included him being fearful and defending himself, saying that McKnight had made threatening comments. On Thursday evening, authorities had only been able to interview six witnesses, none of whom had seen the shooting. 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What we had were two adult males engaged in unacceptable behavior that did not understand how to deal with conflict resolution, he said.The sheriff did not want to go into details about why he felt Gasser should be arrested even though the state has a version of the Stand Your Ground law.Louisianas law holds that people dont have a duty to retreat and can meet force with force if they reasonably believe that using deadly force is necessary. Law experts say its not a blanket excuse.When you use lethal force, its got to be proportional, said Ken Levy, an associate professor who teaches criminal law at LSU Law Center. And the only way its proportional is if McKnight was threatening serious bodily injury or death.McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor the former running back. 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