Jesse Hogan‘s anxiety levels are said to have risen as a direct result of his nomination for The Frownlow Medal, which he received after being dropped from Fremantle’s first game of the 2019 season for breaking the team’s booze ban.
Hogan reportedly arrived at training in no state to complete the session, after he had spent the previous night drinking with friends. Reports have surfaced that the forward has been dealing with anxiety issues during his AFL career which contributed to his alcohol consumption.
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.
It had initially been stated that Hogan suffered from ‘clinical anxiety’, but various health professionals have since said that this is simply not true.
Adding to Hogan’s stress level is the video which is now circulating the internet of him stumbling around drunk in his underwear and a Santa suit. While the existence of the video may not help him get back on the paddock for the Dockers, it definitely helps his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal in 2019, which until recently had been dominated by players from the NRL.
Hogan has been invited to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year, but he will only attend if he receives a permission note from his psychologist.