“They brought me into AFL House and said, ‘You can’t do this’, and I said, ‘I run the competition, not you’.”
Carey said he was ‘‘not sure there was a lot of fact or truth to a lot of it’’ but conceded he had not been aware of the details of negotiations.
‘‘I haven’t listened to the whole thing, so I can’t really comment,’’ Carey said of Nixon’s interview.
‘‘And to be honest, a lot of the stuff that he probably did speak to [longtime North administrator] Greg Miller and North Melbourne about at the time, in terms of what went on in my contract, I wouldn’t know about. So there may be some elements of that that are true that I’ve got no idea.
‘‘All that I said to Ricky Nixon was, ‘this is the bottom line, this is what I want to know, what I’m getting’. How you go about achieving that with the club, of course under the rules and guidelines of what you have to operate in, that’s all I was worried about. So how he went about that, I’m probably not 100 per cent sure.’’
It’s not the first time Nixon has boasted about his creative methods. In a 2017 Facebook post, he described selling Carey’s intellectual property to North for $400,000, and later selling internet domain names for Matthew Lloyd and James Hird to Essendon for $250,000 each. In 2003 the Bombers were fined $85,000 by the AFL for a ‘‘technical’’ breach of the salary cap.