How is this for spin, aka. grade A bull-plop.
CLARKO ON WHY HODGE WAS SUSPENDED FOR MISSING TRAINING BUT NOT DRINK DRIVING
HAWTHORN coach Alastair Clarkson has revealed he was not part of the decision to suspend former captain Luke Hodge for Round 1.
Hodge will miss the opening round because he failed to inform the club he was going to miss a training session.
The ban has left some asking questions of the Hawks' decision to come down hard on Hodge on this occasion given it didn't suspend him last year when he was caught drink driving on the eve of the finals series.
Clarkson, who said he supported the decision to suspend the premiership captain, has revealed why Hodge was suspended this time.
"One's being treated by the law and one's been treated by our footy club," he told radio this morning.
"The one treated by the law is no different to you or anyone else having a drink. He didn't actually do anything, he's allowed to have a drink, he wasn't playing at the time.
"In terms of all the protocols we have at our footy club, he didn't go outside of them except in regard to the law and the law said that he'd tipped slightly over the edge in terms of having that drink.
"In terms of compliance with what we establish at our footy club, he didn't step outside that and that's why this one he did, albeit they say 'oh gee you've got to be kidding' in terms of what he did there wasn't too much in the one last week and there seemed to be more in the other one.
"But according to what we rate our players on in terms of their trademark and what they're expected to do, that one (missing training) was outside our boundaries."
Make of that what you will.