Former AFL player Robbie Muir has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with assault and other offences. Muir pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault plus carrying an offensive weapon and causing damage 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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while code-swapper Karmichael Hunt is the most recent recipient.
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.
The man St Kilda fans called “Mad Dog” was charged after throwing a bar stool at a bartender who refused to serve him alcohol – at 7:30am. The flying stool apparently destroyed the cash register of the Adelaide pub and forced the staff to ring police.
Police later found Muir near his home, standing in the middle of the road holding a kitchen knife, which he threw at one of the officers.
Muir narrowly avoided a jail sentence for his behaviour because the judge took into account his abusive and disadvantaged background. He was instead issued with a $300 fine and a two year good behaviour bond.
Frownlow judges must now decide whether his disadvantaged background will have any bearing on his chances of induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.