Chris Judd’s ongoing forays into footy commentary are going to be worth listening to, if his response to Kevin Barltett’s suggestions of a tainted West Coast premiership are anything to go by.
After the leaking this week of the Gillard Report into the Eagles’ drug culture in the early to mid-2000s, Bartlett suggested a line should be put through the club’s 2006 premiership.
But Judd was having none of that on Melbourne’s Triple M radio on Friday, taking aim at Richmond great Bartlett in the one place he has nothing to protect him – atop his scone.
“Kevin’s got a long personal history of struggling to come to terms with things and struggling to move on,” Judd, who also has follicle challenges, said.
“It took him two decades to realise he was going bald and get ride of the world’s worst combover.
“He was sacked as coach and took 16 years to go to another club function after he threw his toys out of the cot.
“By Kevin’s timelines, a decade on he’s probably not ready to process it. In another 10 years he’ll be ready to move on.”
Judd was singled out in Justice William Gillard’s report to the AFL, for his famous comments about not setting out to be a role model.
Gillard said the view was out of step with society and that the Brownlow medallist should be encouraged to moderate his thinking.
Sydney full-forward Barry Hall, on the losing side in the thrilling 2006 decider, also said West Coast’s third flag had to be viewed as “tarnished.”
But Judd was having none of that and said a 12-page wraparound of Melbourne’s Herald Sun dedicated to the Gillard Report was only covering old ground.
“News is derived from the word new and this was 10 to 15 years ago and has been spoken about ad nauseam,” Judd said.
“I think you get pretty used to that in footy – everyone’s got an opinion and is entitled to it.
“I don’t think it’s shaded my view of that moment [the premiership] and how special it was.”