Judge Brett Kavanaugh said the person he spent the most time with at Yale was Chris Dudley, former basketball player and 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate in Oregon.
Dudley, speaking to CNN on Monday, said he has had a very hard time watching the allegations about his friend surface.
Dudley says he met Kavanaugh freshman year. The two men often played basketball together. Kavanaugh played JV, but JV practiced or played practice games with Varsity, Dudley remembered. The two men were also in DKE together. Dudley joined later and said it wasn’t a primary social activity for him because he was so involved with the basketball team.
Kavanaugh and Dudley have stayed in close touch in the years since. The men ran in the same social circles, and they often went to sporting events like football games together.
Dudley remembers Kavanaugh as “very humble” and “smart."
“Just a great guy to be around,” Dudley said. He said it was kind of rare at Yale to “have a guy who literally was the smartest guy in the room” not acting like it.
Dudley said that he did see Kavanaugh drinking, but that he never saw Kavanaugh get out of control. Dudley said there was drinking at Yale, but that it was “not crazy.”
Dudley said he saw Kavanaugh when Kavanaugh was first nominated, but that he has not spoken to him since all of the allegations broke. He said he texted Kavanaugh something along the lines of “hang in there” more recently.
In college, Dudley said Kavanaugh was not a big dater. He had friends who were women, but he said Kavanaugh was shy and when he drank, he did not get aggressive.
“He wasn’t that type of person,” Dudley said.