In one of the biggest stories in AFL history, Jobe Watson has handed over his 2012 Brownlow Medal to Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin.
It has long been known that 34 Essendon players had played the 2012 season with a prohibited substance in their system, and since then – Watson’s Brownlow has come under constant scrutiny.
He relinquished the award on Monday afternoon, and the AFL decided the award for the Best & Fairest of that season will go to the player with the second highest number of votes.
Mitchell and Cotchin had tied second place on 26 votes.
The award will be presented to the two at a very low-key function next month. It is expected to be at AFL headquarters with a small group of club people, family, and friends of both players to attend.
Interestingly this scenario gives the AFL a few new quirks and oddities;
In 2012 Richmond finished directly below Essendon on the ladder (11th and 12th,) and Jack Riewoldt won the Coleman Medal in 2012 for most goals kicked. The last team to host both medal winners was St. Kilda in 1987, where Tony Lockett won both.
In that season St. Kilda also finished directly below Essendon. – Paul Robinson
Photo of Jobe Watson from the Fox Footy Twitter feed.