Former AFL player Brian Lake proved that romance is alive when he treated his wife to a night in a prison cell and earned himself a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The former premiership winner recently strengthened his Frownlow bid with an alleged violent rampage and another stint in prison.
While many footballers might whisk their sweethearts away to Bali, ‘Vegas or the Maldives, Lake honoured his better half with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a guest of Her Majesty in 2013.
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.
Lake secured the difficult reservation after engaging in a drunken argument with his wife outside a pub which saw them both charged with public nuisance. The former Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs player’s verbal stoush was of sufficient ferocity and duration to attract the attention of the constabulary who chauffeured the couple to their lodgings for the evening.
Lake presents a strong case for induction into the hall of fame.
He spent another stint behind bars, this time alone. In 2018, he was arrested in Japan after a drunken altercation in a bar and eventually spent six nights in the Osaka prison, a punishment almost as severe as appearing on the reality TV show Australian Survivor.
The most recent incident saw the former champion charged with a range of offences including unlawful assault, aggravated burglary, criminal damage and trespassing.
Lake could again appear behind bars if the judges deem his actions worthy of induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.