Bartlett puts 'black line' through Eagles' 2006 flag

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AFL legend Kevin Bartlett has put a "black line" through West Coast's 2006 premiership in the wake of revelations in the confidential Gillard Report into drug problems at the club during that time.

The report, which was published by News Corp on Tuesday, examined the Eagles' rampant drug-taking culture between 1998 and 2007, putting the club's third flag under scrutiny once again.

For Bartlett, it was the straw that broke the camel's back after years of giving West Coast the benefit of the doubt.

"With what we've known in the past and observed with news stories over the years regarding troubled times for the West Coast Eagles players, I've had an asterisk next to their 2006 premiership win. After reading Judge Gillard's report today, I'm taking away the asterisk and putting in a black line through that flag," Bartlett said on SEN radio.

However, the man who captained the Eagles to premiership glory in 2006, Chris Judd, stressed the flag wasn't tainted because there has never been any suggestion that performance-enhancing drugs were ever used by any of his teammates during the period in question.

West Coast's illicit drug-taking culture during that period has been well documented, but Judd insisted the premiership was achieved purely on the back of hard work.

"I've heard it before, but from my perspective, I was there, I noticed how hard we trained for it and what everyone put into it and just what a great achievement it was," Judd said on Triple M on Tuesday.

"In footy there's thousands of opinions on different issues, but there's no suggestion that anybody used performance-enhancing drugs which obviously would have tainted the premiership.

"The premiership was built on hard work and it was certainly my proudest moment in AFL footy."

Key players from that premiership have fallen on hard times in recent years, most notably Ben Cousins, Daniel Kerr, Chad Fletcher and Daniel Chick.

But Judd said that most of his teammates from that period are "going well".

"'Cuz's story is tragic and very hard to watch unfold, but most of the other guys have moved on with their lives and working hard on the next chapter," he said.

Judd believes the footy industry as a whole has come a long way in the past decade with regard to drug and mental health issues.

"I think we have matured, I think the education programs are more sophisticated for players now," Judd said.

"But I think the way the media reacts towards mental health issues of players is probably a bit more sophisticated as well.

"I remember watching Ben flying (overseas) to rehab, having journalists on the plane filming him throughout that process. I don't think that would happen today, I think there'd be more respect for what the individual player's going through."

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