Robinson faces the music over festival blue
Blues star faces music over festival fracas
MITCH Robinson has shrugged off his Carlton minders to face the music over his involvement in a fracas at the Big Day Out music festival.
As Blues players hit Lygon Street to catch up with fans in the club's heartland, news cameras were keen to hear from the 23-year-old midfielder.
Block after block the cameras followed, while the club did its best to stop Robinson from publicly addressing the issue.
Approached again by reporters after stopping for a coffee, Robinson turned to the club's media manager and said "That's all right," agreeing to answer a couple of questions.
"There was a little bit of a hiccup over the weekend," he admitted.
"I just want to focus on my footy and get back to training and get the respect back from the club and the boys.
Robinson said he'd learnt the consequences of putting himself in a risky situation.
"Obviously you've got to think your way out of them a lot better than I did on the weekend.
"I learnt from that and we'll have a big week."
Also in the group being chaperoned by minders was Heath Scotland who is still dealing with a legal issue over a bar brawl in New South Wales last year.
Earlier, at a scheduled media conference in Carlton's heartland, Jarrad Waite, a member of the Blues' leadership group, reinforced the club's disappointment with Robinson's actions.
"He obviously knows that he's done the wrong thing by the club, he knows that he's lost a little bit of respect," he said.
"But the good thing about Robbo is he's a really good trainer and we know he'll come out with a positive attitude so critical to the team."
Asked whether AFL players were regularly targeted on the social scene, Waite said it was the individual's responsibility to not to put himself in situations that might result in trouble.
"Obviously the Big Day Out is a big, big day and there's a lot of people who get on the drink. If you find yourself in a situation that's getting a little bit out of control, you just get yourself out of there.
"You don't want the sort of things that happened on the weekend to happen.
"Everyone sort of knows that players are high-profiled, and especially when you're in big groups you're sort of targeted even more. Not targeted, but people know that you're there. It's just about keeping your composure and (in) sticky situations, just getting yourself out of there."
Matt Thompson is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter @MattThompsonAFL. Ben Collins covers Carlton news for AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter @AFL_BenCollins