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'I have let a lot of people down,' says new Blue Curnow

Curnow: 'I've let a lot of people down' New Carlton recruit Charlie Curnow fronts the media
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Draft pick Charlie Curnow of the Blues poses during the NAB AFL Draft at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia on November 24, 2015. (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
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CHARLIE Curnow says he's ashamed at being arrested by police just days before being selected in the NAB AFL Draft.

Curnow was arrested last Friday night in Geelong for allegedly being drunk in a public place and refusing a breath test.

The 18-year-old was selected by Carlton with pick No.12 in Tuesday night’s draft.

"I made a terrible mistake and it's something I deeply regret and it's something that I am going to have to deal with," Curnow said.

"It's my own fault and something I'm disappointed in myself with.

"I have let a lot of people down and I'm just lucky enough that Carlton had the faith to pick me up."

Curnow, the younger brother of Blues utility Ed, said the incident had been a "massive wake-up call".

"It's a terrible decision ... I have let a lot of people down and I'm pretty ashamed of that," he said.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton said he had "no doubt at all" about drafting Curnow despite the incident.

"I have known the family for a long time and coached Ed back in Box Hill days," Bolton said.

"They're a terrific family and Charlie is a terrific person who has made a mistake.

"We want him to just get into the footy club, roll his sleeves up and work really hard.

"He's not a bad person, (he) has made a bad mistake."