Judges of The Frownlow Medal have accused Jack Watts of tarnishing the image of Australia’s greatest sporting prize after the AFL player failed to produce evidence that he sniffed an illicit substance in a video released online.
Judges blasted the Port Adelaide player and reminded him that the Frownlow was built on the back of countless players snorting, taking, selling and dealing illicit substances, not some innocent white powder that people apparently snort off a woman’s breast during German Oktoberfest celebrations.
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.
Watts has so far failed to produce any convincing evidence that the powder is illicit and, as a result, he has not earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
This abhorrent disregard for the history and prestige of The Frownlow Medal has angered commentators and the Frownlow family, who reminded Watts that footballers have so far received nominations in 2019 for drunken pub brawls, drink driving, fights with taxi drivers and multiple cases of violence against women. If Watts has any hope of winning the award this year, he is advised to find evidence, quickly, that the powder in the viral video is illegal.
Meanwhile, Watts will have to push through the drudgery of pre-season training as other footballers start planning their outfits for the awards ceremony of The Frownlow Medal later this year.