JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Judd's foul play gets him 4 weeks


Caroline Wilson

Chris Judd leaves the AFL tribunal last night.

Chris Judd leaves the AFL tribunal last night. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

CHRIS Judd and his damaged brand were last night confronted at AFL headquarters with the harshest and most damning judges that the dual Brownlow medallist has faced in his decorated but tainted career.

Banned from playing football for four weeks, Judd was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute - a charge he denied - and condemned for unsportsmanlike conduct in illegally twisting the damaged arm of North Melbourne's Leigh Adams.

Leaving the dramatic and often confusing hearing, which lasted more than three hours, Judd apologised to Carlton's members and said he had already apologised to Adams. As he left he appeared to take with him the Blues' slim hopes of playing finals - and perhaps even the coaching career of Brett Ratten.

Judd said: ''It wasn't my intention to hurt Leigh Adams. I obviously expressed my apology personally to him since the event and I'd just like to extend that apology to the Carlton footy club and to the supporters for letting them down.''

He denied his attack on Adams was deliberate and denied the accusation he had behaved in an unsportsmanlike manner. The tribunal, headed by former County Court judge David Jones, disagreed.

He said he was disappointed but accepted the tribunal's decision. Carlton football boss Andrew McKay said the club would consider its options.

If the Blues were seriously considering an appeal they shouldn't. Given the severity of the charge and Judd's priors, he could have been suspended for seven games but instead should return to lead the club against Essendon on August 18.

In the context of recent judgments - Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham broke Kade Simpson's jaw the previous week in a head-high collision and will miss three games while at the Gabba at the weekend Daniel Rich shoved Clint Jones into the fence and will miss two - Judd's seemed about right if mildly lenient.

But the Blues remained furious at the AFL's judicial system, having only learnt the exact nature of the misconduct charge at 3pm.

Defiant until the last, Judd's advocate Simon Wilson, QC, tried but failed to plead guilty only to the lesser charge of rough conduct.

He said he had acted

recklessly but not deliberately in his savaging of Adams' arm but he showed remorse and wished he had let go much earlier.

The three former players sitting on the tribunal - Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Henwood and Emmett Dunne - were told to take Judd's contrition into account along with his poor record.

This was a malicious, unusual act never before judged in an AFL context and the term ''chicken wing'' did not do it justice.

All manner of amateur psychologists have attempted to explain Judd's occasional acts of malice on the sporting arena, which have been generously described as ''brain fades'' and certainly must involve some element of frustration as well as intent to hurt.

Not for the first time in attempting to prevent himself from being rubbed out, Judd said he had not known Adams' identity.

Carlton's assistant coach Alan Richardson said the opposite on Saturday.

The suspension means he has now been rubbed out of football for a total of eight weeks.

Judd's has been a multi-layered issue and one victim of the fallout was the Channel Seven commentary team and specifically Dennis Cometti, who was accused on ABC radio two days ago of bias towards Judd.

Seven's Friday night football coverage of the North Melbourne-Carlton overlooked the seriousness of the incident and made no attempt to interview Adams after the game.

Radio commentator Francis Leach suggested Cometti's friendship and former business partnership with Judd had clouded his judgment. Cometti conceded to The Age Seven had ''probably downplayed'' Judd's second-quarter attack on Adams but scoffed at allegations of bias.

''That's just nonsense. He (Leach) credits me with far more power than I have at Seven and to suggest I'd be prepared to use it hardly shows respect,'' said Cometti, who pointed out he had used the term ''chicken wing'' in questioning fellow commentator Leigh Matthews.

''It's outrageous to suggest I'd deliberately play it down but if we did that we're all guilty of it. None of us on the night thought it was a massive issue but it got a life of its own. And once that happens you would be crazy to stand in the way of the avalanche.

''We were probably close because he lived nearby when he played for the Eagles but we've just drifted apart. I did call him this week to see how he was doing and I do like the bloke but he's a bit different and I say that in a good way.''

In recent days Judd has been described as a flawed champion with a split personality, one side of which showed malicious intent last Friday night.

He has been likened to a dark knight and the boy who pulls wings from butterflies.

Hyperbole aside, at the AFL tribunal last night the discount the game gives its champions no longer applied to the man who has won two Brownlows, one premiership, the all-Australian captaincy, the Norm Smith medal and five best and fairests.

In terms of the competition's disciplinary body Judd had used his last get-out-of-jail-free card two years ago. On that occasion Judd split the cheek of Fremantle's Matthew Pavlich with his right forearm.

The match review panel let him off and he went on to win a second Brownlow.


38 comments so far

  • I voted NO to the above poll because he deserved at least 8 WEEKS !!! He did a deliberate act of harm to another player - if you watch the video at real speed he blatently grabs Patch's arm pulls it up and twists it !! It was NEVER NOT going to dislocate

    Zeebs on the other hand was playing the ball, attacking the BALL with an incidental hit on the Carlton player happening -- Should NEVER have even gone to the tribunal !!!!!!

    Date and time
    July 18, 2012, 7:36AM
    • I voted no for the same reason.

      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 8:01AM
    • I agree the poll question is badly framed. He should have got more than 4 weeks. And when did "brain fade" become an excuse for bad behaviour?

      Not impressed
      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 8:19AM
    • way too short. It's about time Judd got a decent suspension... he has a long history of deliberate, cowardly attacks on players in compromised positions. The pressure point and the eye-gouging are a couple that spring to mind.
      get rid of him for 8 weeks.

      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 8:42AM
    • Totally agree with you. The bloke should have got 8 weeks. No way he should have two Brownlows either as CW alluded too,
      Judd has been looked after by the AFL for far too long.

      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 9:24AM
    • Same here.

      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 10:04AM
    • I voted the same way. Judd should be breathing a big sigh of relief because he has got away with a very light penalty. His actions could easily have ended the playing career of Adams and it was a calculated attack on a defenceless player. Some would even call it cowardly. To all those who think it was nothing I say what would you be saying if it was Chris Judd who had been subjected to the chicken wing? It would all be different then wouldn't it?

      Mt Eliza
      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 10:11AM
    • Stupid comments... Judd had intent, yet Ziebell didn't? I'd give them both the benefit of the doubt. Take the hysteria out of it, 4 weeks is about right for Judd. Ziebell's mistake was to jump in the air and bump. Always going to be in trouble. 2nd mistake was to not take the 3 weeks. Was never going to work.

      Leg Side Wizard
      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 10:11AM
    • A lot of vitriol about this and fairly pathetic it is. Even Bob's comment below is poorly stated as the video evidence showed Wellingham took his eyes off the ball long before the contest. Compared to his action, Ziebel was harshly dealt with as he had eyes for the ball until closer to the contest - either man, though, could have changed what they did (i.e. not jumped into the player).

      In an era where the head is considered so sacrosanct and the global discussion currently underway into concussion in sport and its long-term ramifications, added with the fact that it is a more common incident than a "chicken wing" tackle, the bumps by both Ziebel and Wellingham had to be more harshly penalised. Either incident, especially Wellingham's, could have quite realistically resulted in death or brain injury. Those incidents need to be rubbed out of all levels of the game and are seen at all levels of the game. Judd's incident, for which he should have been punished on the scale determined by his defence, was so rare it apparently doesn't rate on the MRP scale.

      On Sunday (can't remember which match) there was even an incident when a player was tackled with the ball in his right hand and while still standing had his left arm grabbed and pulled behind so he could not handball. Stumbling in the tackle he was forced to kick awkwardly and still had his arm being held behind. Apparently that was fine.

      There are better articles about this as Caro has joined the chorus of punishment by profile in our social-media driven world. If David Ellard had laid the tackle Judd did, he may have got a week.

      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 10:15AM
    • I also voted 'No' - because he should have got at least six weeks. It's interesting how his initial stance of "I'll own up and take my punishment' turned into lying to the tribunal ('not intentional'? - how stupid does he think people are?) and then whining that the punishment was too harsh. What a man.

      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 10:53AM

More comments

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Related Coverage

Judd takes legal lead from Bill Clinton

Carlton captain went with the ''I didn't inhale'' defence made infamous by former US president.

Ziebell also gets a four-match ban

North Melbourne's decision to challenge rough-conduct ban backfires.

Hawks team to beat in top four: Buckley

Collingwood coach says Saturday's MCG clash about cementing a spot in the top four for the Pies.

Knights shows young Cats the 'Geelong way'

Playing Essendon this week got me thinking about one of our best recent recruits.

Judd winged for a month

Carlton skipper banned for wrenching the shoulder of North Melbourne's Leigh Adams.

Ratten happy to 'move on' after Judd's ban

Carlton appears unlikely to appeal Chris Judd's four-match suspension.

End this farce

The AFL must act swiftly before the basic premise of the game is altered, writes Rohan Connolly.

Related Coverage

HuffPost Australia

AFL 2015

Round 1
Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
CAR 78vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123vs GEE 61 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133vs BRI 51 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81vs FRE 111 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 15
Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 88vs RIC 52 Report Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 105vs CAR 87 Report Stats
WBU 128vs PTA 64 Report Stats
BRI 100vs GCF 114 Report Stats
GEE 95vs SYD 63 Report Stats
WCE 74vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 92vs NTH 127 Report Stats
GWS 93vs ESS 61 Report Stats
STK 59vs FRE 96 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 87vs COL 76 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS 59vs ADE 171 Report Stats
NTH 120vs STK 83 Report Stats
PTA 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
GEE 85vs HAW 121 Report Stats
BRI 131vs CAR 67 Report Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 138vs GCF 55 Report Stats
WBU 153vs MEL 55 Report Stats
FRE 80vs WCE 104 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW 86vs PTA 108 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 56vs RIC 147 Report Stats
GWS 44vs SYD 133 Report Stats
GCF 97vs ESS 95 Report Stats
STK 97vs GEE 97 Report Stats
ADE 131vs BRI 44 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 94vs FRE 83 Report Stats
CAR 78vs MEL 55 Report Stats
WCE 162vs WBU 85 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 62vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 132vs CAR 51 Report Stats
HAW 134vs BRI 62 Report Stats
NTH 73vs WBU 96 Report Stats
ESS 47vs RIC 74 Report Stats
GCF 51vs PTA 88 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 126vs WCE 69 Report Stats
STK 38vs SYD 135 Report Stats
FRE 108vs MEL 54 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
RIC 108vs NTH 67 Report Stats
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
GEE 119vs ADE 80 Report Stats
BRI 130vs WBU 122 Report Stats
PTA 122vs FRE 53 Report Stats
HAW 113vs CAR 56 Report Stats
SYD 127vs GCF 64 Report Stats
WCE 125vs STK 30 Report Stats
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
MEL 103vs GWS 77 Report Stats
COL 92vs ESS 95 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 24
Fri, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
WCE 96vs HAW 64 Report Stats
Sat, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
FRE 69vs SYD 60 Report Stats
WBU 102vs ADE 109 Report Stats
Sun, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
RIC 88vs NTH 105 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 25
Fri, 18 SepTimes shown AEST
HAW 135vs ADE 61 Report Stats
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 51vs NTH 77 Report Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 26
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
FRE 67vs HAW 94 Report Stats
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
WCE 80vs NTH 55 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 27
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
HAW 107vs WCE 61 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 22 17 5 0 118.73 68
West Coast Eagles 22 16 5 1 148.22 66
Hawthorn 22 16 6 0 158.40 64
Sydney Swans 22 16 6 0 127.12 64
Richmond 22 15 7 0 123.09 60
Western Bulldogs 22 14 8 0 115.12 56
Adelaide Crows 21 13 8 0 115.71 54
North Melbourne 22 13 9 0 106.45 52
View all

Follow Us on Facebook

Featured advertisers