Michael Fredrick lowers the tone.

AFL player Michael Frederick has been accused of tarnishing the reputation of The Fronwlow Medal after being suspended for drinking alcohol. The Fremantle Dockers rookie was punished by his leadership and forced to learn the history of the greatest prize in Australian sport.

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 star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

Frederick has been suspended for one match after consuming alcohol during a six-day break between games, which was regarded as a breach of agreed team standards. He also prompted the standard press release from his club about remorse, team standards, culture, support, moving forward…

Frederick will spend the week reading articles on this website and studying http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal to learn how a real Frownlow nominee should behave. While he is not being encouraged to assault or harass women, he will see that a true nomination involves much more alcohol, or offences such as illicit drug use, public urination, severe homophobia, racism, destruction of property, theft, manslaughter, prison sentences, drug trafficking, bestiality, gambling on your own game or pooing in a shoe.

He can then put into practice what he learned at the awards night for The Fronwlow Medal later this year.

Image: AFL Photos

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