Former AFL player Jake Carlisle can thank A Current Affair for his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Carlisle was filmed by the Channel 9 program snorting cocaine on the same day that he was traded from Essendon To St Kilda in 2015.
And they say all publicity is good publicity.
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 AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.
Carlisle received a two match suspension for his actions, but it didn’t damage his form too much, because he was already serving a suspension for his role in the Essendon performance enhancing drugs saga.
Carlisle’s appearance on A Current Affair does make one ponder…is “Footballer Snorts Cocaine’” even a news story these days? Maybe only if they bite a dog at the same time.
St Kilda Club officials claimed he faced a much harsher penalty than a media grilling upon his arrival at St Kilda.
“…he’s got to front Nick Riewoldt and our leadership group,’ they explained.
The club extrapolated on the reaction of the leadership group.
“They’re absolutely filthy. They’ve done a lot of work to really be clear on what it is they want our club to stand for.”
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