MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Jobe Watson smiles as he speaks to the media about his AFL playing future during an Essendon Bombers AFL media session at St Bernard's College on September 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kevin Bartlett: Watson doesn’t deserve All-Australian spot

Richmond champion and SEN Radio host Kevin Bartlett says Jobe Watson should have lost his 2012 All-Australian spot.

Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin were named the joint winners of the 2012 Brownlow Medal on Tuesday, following Watson’s 12-month suspension from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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However, the league confirmed on Wednesday that Watson will be allowed to keep his spot in the 2012 All-Australian team, despite the ban for breaching WADA’s doping code.

Bartlett slammed the decision, saying on Thursday the performance enhancing drugs ban should result in the AFL stripping the 32-year-old of “all awards, prizes and honours”.

“The AFL Commission says it was a no-brainer to take the Brownlow Medal from Watson. If you are cold-blooded, you would have to take away all the other awards and honours too,” Bartlett said.

“In this case, the AFL has adhered to the rules in one instance (the Brownlow Medal) and not the other (the All-Australian team).

“What a mess this saga has been.”

The 2012 Brownlow Medal will be presented to Mitchell and Cotchin next month.


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    • Players ineligible for brownlow can still be in the all australian, the brownlow issue has been clarified. There is no point in the afl creating further issues at this point, KB seems to be the only one whining about it

  1. Whats next , Essendon Players losing all the games they played in 2012 , that means Dustin Fletcher would not have got to 400 , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH , I Follow Carlton but sick of the whole thing, we will hear about it till we are all gone

    • Nathan Hanrahan, prior to 2012 Jobe had won Essendon’s b&f twice and was AA in 2013 too, hardly ‘one out of the box’ I would think
      Being the figurehead of a club in turmoil and not knowing your future would’ve made any man crumble, Jobe has been awesome and I hope he gets back to his best in the coming seasons and proves a lot of people wrong about how good he actually is!!!

  2. so kb your stateing he had a bad year in 2012 ,so what about all the other years he was picked as all australian,he didnt deserve that either, wake up toyourself,you are sounding like a bitter old man.

  3. It’s been a bad ride for the Essendon Football Club and members and supporters but in saying that K.B is right on this call tho but I do wish this saga will die and go with the wind and let the New Bombers can focus on their futures they have a good young list that needs support and not to be reminded about their clubs pasts

  4. Bloody hell can the media just stop stringing this Essendon drug shit out… The horse is dead and well and truely flogged… Find something else to talk about….

  5. Its actually a fair point. You cant say he’s guilty enough to lose the brownlow but everything else remains. It really sucks for Jobe and co. but thems the facts

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