Judges of The Frownlow Medal are frantically searching for AFL player Lachie Hunter so that they can officially serve him with his nomination for the prestigious award. Hunter received his nomination after allegedly smashing into four parked cars while drink driving, and fleeing the scene of the accident.
Police are still investigating the incident to determine Hunter’s guilt or innocence, but the Western Bulldogs Vice-Captain has already had his licence suspended for 12 months, and was fined $1652 for breaching COVID-19 social distancing regulations.
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 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.
According to reports, Hunter’s SUV was found at the scene of the accident, and alcohol was discovered in the passenger seat. It is believed a friend drove him from the scene of the accident and took him to another house, where he continued drinking. Clearly, Hunter is determined to win The Frownlow Medal in 2020, and he may have a good chance in what could be a quiet year for the award when none of the four codes are able to play for an indefinite period of time.
Hunter will suffer a huge blow to his reputation following this incident, especially after recently being elevated to the position of vice-captain. However, he may suffer greater consequences because one of the cars he allegedly damaged belongs to the parents of his girlfriend. Oooops!
Hunter can now enjoy his self-isolation like many normal people around the world – at home!