Former AFL player Jason Gram self isolated long before the outbreak of COVID-19, and chose to do so in a police holding cell. The night in the lock up, combined with his alcohol abuse and breaching of an intervention order, earned him a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
Gram breached an intervention order which had been placed by his estranged wife in 2012, back in the days when the ‘Corona Virus’ was slang for a hangover after a night at a Mexican restaurant. St Kilda sacked Gram as a result.
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. Rugby League player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and ex-NRL player Ben Barba 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.
Gram was already on bail at the time for breaching a previous intervention order and was also on suspension from the Saints, who had warned him about his poor behaviour in the past.
The former Brisbane Lions player spent the night in the holding cell in the same year, after he had consumed too much alcohol. He did not play in the AFL again after losing his contract with the Saints.