AFL players Dan Houston and Peter Ladhams cost Port Adelaide Power $50,000 when Houston visited his teammates house and breached COVID-19 bio-security protocols. The pair have been issued with suspensions and been nominated for The Frownlow Medal.
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 Port players were the latest professional footballers to be involved in a coronavirus breach, in what is becoming a right of passage for Australian-based players. A total of 29 players have so far been nominated for Frownlow honours for breaching incidents as broad as barber shop visits, Tik Tok videos, booty calls, drunken car crashes and late night parties.
Houtson reportedly visited Ladhams house in Adelaide along with other people who are not in the Power COVID-19 bubble, after their recent game against the Western Bulldogs.
The Frownlow Medal organisers are really hoping that COVID-19 restrictions are eased by the end of this year, so that at lest one nominee can attend the prestigious awards night in person.