AFL player Patrick Wilson has driven himself into contention for The Frownlow Medal after being caught drink driving.
The Adelaide Crows midfielder was given a two game AFL suspension and a $2500 fine and is now in the running to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport.
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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.
Wilson will have to sit out the first two games of the regular season after he took one for the road, but is not the first Frownlow nominee to miss football games due to an off-field incident in 2019.
Fellow AFL player Alex Fasolo will be sidelined after a drunken play fight on Australia Day left him with an arm injury, while North Melbourne player Majak Daw suffered serious injuries as a result of an incident which saw him dragged out of the Yarra River below Bolte Bridge early one morning. NRL player Jacob Saifiti, meanwhile, will be absent from the Newcastle Knights packs for a portion of the season after he broke his leg during a drunken fight outside a pub.
Wilson faces a tough task in winning The Frownlow Medal this year. To find out more about his opponents, check out http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal.