Marc Murphy and wife Jessie  attend the 2016 Brownlow Medal at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne
Marc Murphy and wife Jessie attend the 2016 Brownlow Medal at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne Daniel Pockett

'I don't even know her': AFL great denies rumours

SHOCKING new details have emerged surrounding the verbal abuse handed down by St Kilda players to Carlton captain Marc Murphy on Saturday.

Murphy was verbally targeted by St Kilda players and although it is still not known what was actually said, it was considered a highly personal attack.

It was speculated that Murphy was subjected to taunts regarding a supposed relationship between AFL legend Wayne Carey and Marc's wife, Jessie.

Carey addressed this rumour on Monday evening, saying he was aware of it being discussed on social media, but stated it was simply not true.

"It clearly had no truth whatsoever, so I didn't really worry about it too much. But then it started to grow legs a little bit more and a little bit more," Carey told 7Mate's Talking Footy.

"I've probably been in contact with Murph for the last year and a half. We've been on the phone constantly as the rumour and innuendo grew and grew and grew.

"I just want to say that I've never had a conversation with Marc Murphy's wife. I don't even know her."

Carey and Murphy had discussed going public together to both address the issue, but felt it would only feed those on social media.


Wayne Carey. Photo: News Ltd

The AFL legend added a further twist on the saga, saying that he'd been in contact with players from both Carlton and St Kilda following the weekend, and he was not part of the sledge delivered to Murphy.

"Just so everyone knows, I wasn't part of any of that sledging. My name wasn't brought up by any of the St Kilda players to Marc Murphy - that's been confirmed by Marc and everyone," Carey said.

The Carlton captain took to social media on Monday evening to comment on the situation, hitting out at the debate the incident has sparked in football circles.

"I would like to respond to highly inappropriate social media commentary that has escalated in the past few days," he said.

"I want to be clear that these comments are untrue, hurtful to my wife and family and show a lack of respect to women.

"We would like to move on and will not be making any further comment."

The sledging of Murphy sparked a melee between the two sides, and has cast St Kilda in a poor light in the aftermath.

Murphy refused to shake hands with the majority of the Saints player post-match