MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Sam Mitchell of the Hawks looks upfield from Jeremy Howe of the Magpies during the round 23 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Mitchell, Cotchin release statements on Brownlow win

Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin last night released statements on their belated Brownlow Medal, accepting the award with mixed emotions.

“I’m honoured to be named a Brownlow medallist today, but at the same time I feel enormous empathy for Jobe Watson and his family,” Mitchell said via the West Coast Eagles’ website.

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Cotchin said while he is honoured to win the award, he too feels for Jobe Watson.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Trent Cotchin of the Tigers looks on during the round 15 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on July 1, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 01: Trent Cotchin of the Tigers looks on during the round 15 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on July 1, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

“I accept the 2012 Brownlow Medal with mixed emotions,” Cotchin said.

“But I also respect the decision of the AFL Commission and the award that is the Brownlow Medal.

“This has been a difficult time for Jobe, but I have great respect for him, and the decision he made in very tough circumstances.”

The AFL Commission yesterday announced that Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell, who finished equal second, will be named as the joint winners of the 2012 Brownlow Medal, following Jobe Watson’s 12-month suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency in relation to the Bombers’ 2012 supplements regime.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Why not disregard all votes in the games that Essendon were involved in. if the games and votes were tainted then surely they don’t count. do a recount and see who the winner was then.

  2. I think that they should be presented the medal at next years Brownlow night.
    They’ve earn’t the right to be Brownlow champs then they should be given the due recognition.
    It wouldn’t take anything away from the night.

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