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Jimmy Bartel ‘sad’ and ‘conflicted’ by Mark Thompson developments

Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel admits feeling “conflicted” by the latest developments surrounding Mark Thompson.

The 2007 Brownlow medallist spent nine years of his career playing under Thompson and reacted to news he’d been arrested and charged with drug offences on Macquarie Sports Radio.

“Sad,” Bartel said when asked to sum up his feelings.

“You take Mark Thompson’s name away from it – if you didn’t know the person – by all means, smash them with the law because that’s what (the alleged crime) deserves.

“But from a personal point of view I feel upset and saddened for all his friends and family.”

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