Jobe Watson has “suffered enough” with his suspension from AFL and public backlash for receiving the 2012 Brownlow Medal in the wake of the Essendon supplements scandal, says Gillon McLachlan.
The AFL President said an inquiry into the stripping of the Essendon captain’s medal was underway and that if Watson “unfairly took performance enhancing drugs which lead to his Brownlow Medal, the AFL should take the medal off him.”
As the medal is strictly “awarded to the best and fairest” of AFL players, McLachlan said that “if it is deemed that what he did was unfair then he should be stripped.”
In regards to the possibility of further consequences for Watson’s involvement in the ongoing Essendon supplements scandal , McLachlan said”if his medal is removed that should be it”, as it is punishment enough.
The formal resolution is in the “final stages of deciding but an inquiry like this should not be rushed”, said McLachlan, who has not been involved in the inquiry’s decision.
Richmond player Trent Cotchin, 2012 Brownlow runner-up, is said to be the recipient of the medal if the decision is made to remove Watson’s Brownlow as he would then be “the best and fairest that year”, according to the AFL President.