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.

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Steven’s Frownlow nomination may have been rushed through for a behind.

Don’t be surprised if you missed the announcement of Steven May‘s nomination for The Frownlow Medal. The AFL player quietly slipped it in to the sporting conversation recently when he enjoyed a few drinks while recovering from injury.

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.

Even May’s club, Melbourne, believed the weekend visit to the pub was almost unworthy of a Frownlow nomination as they declined to punish him. If a club declines to impose a punishment on a player, their chances of winning the most prestigious award in Australian sport are very slim.

May faces an even tougher challenge in a year which has attracted the strongest nominations in the history of the award. Already, seven NRL players have been nominated for allegations of violence against women, a few have been found guilty of assault, and the sporting public has been divided by a tweet from Australia’s most famous homophobe.

It seems like Steven may struggle to win The Frownlow Medal in 2019.

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