Another day, another footballer charged with drink-driving.
Former AFL player David King has been charged with drink-driving just days after Greg Inglis and Liam Ryan were charged with the same offence.
In doing so, King earned a very late nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. Kiwi international Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 before Corey Norman in 2016 and Tim Simona in 2017.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.
King was caught driving under the influence in the early hours of the morning and was involved in a minor collision with another car. He has stood down from his role as a commentator on Fox Footy while the matter is investigated.
The controversy hit the papers just days after Inglis lost the captaincy of the Australian Rugby League team and Ryan won the AFL premiership with the West Coast Eagles.
Unfortunately for the dual premiership winner, a last minute drink-driving charge may not be enough to earn a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame against players who have been nominated for assault, domestic violence, prison time, drug dealing and alcohol abuse.
For more information about the contenders for this year’s Hall of Fame, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal.