CARLTON captain Chris Judd last night defended his position as captain after being highly criticised over the pre-season for his handling of different off-field issues.
They included the infamous booze cruise which resulted in a trio of Blues facing club sanctions.
And of course, the Brendan Fevola Brownlow escapade which resulted in the former Blues spearhead being traded to the Brisbane Lions.
“I guess initially some of Fev’s behaviour was mildly amusing, but as the night went on it became clear he had overstepped the mark.
“A lot of people have asked me since, `Why didn’t you say something to him?’
“I did have words with Brendan on Brownlow night and managed to stop him doing ‘Street Talk’. We had a bit of an argument over that, at which time I grabbed (girlfriend) Bec and went up to bed,” Judd told The Footy Show.
“I’m completely comfortable with my behaviour on Brownlow night and what I did to help Fev. I don’t feel responsible for Brendan’s actions.”
Judd stressed he had nothing to do with the decision to trade the full-forward to the Brisbane Lions.
“I was kept out of the decision-making process and I guess I was relieved with that,” he said.
“I was told by the board after they’d met with the match committee and I guess in the end you couldn’t really argue with that. Brendan knew he was on his last chance.
“I didn’t think the club had any other choice. I thought they’d been painted into a corner and didn’t have any other choice to make.”