AFL players Jack and Ben Silvagni treated their injuries with alcohol and subsequently became the first brothers to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal.
The Silvagni brothers were disciplined by their club Carlton because they consumed alcohol while recovering from off-season injuries. Had they visited Chemist Warehouse, they may have found some more conventional forms of medication, and may have even received a discount.
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
Carlton sent the brothers to the second-grade VFL team as punishment, instead of training with the first-grade team. Most professional football clubs ban their players from consuming alcohol while recovering from an injury.
Fans of the famous AFL family were confused that the brothers did not visit the giant pharmaceutical chain, where they would have found a wide range of medications and even some Ariana Grande perfume.
The brothers can now look forward to a few guilt-free beverages at the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.