from today's H/s. Interesting what he says about never having the medal!
Essendon’s Jobe Watson: ‘I’m back in footy, enjoying it for what it is’
ALICE COSTER, Herald Sun
June 16, 2017 9:25pm
JOBE Watson says life is too short to blame others.
There is something special about the former Bombers captain, who has reason to feel anger and a lingering hurt following the Essendon Football Club’s supplements scandal.
The world knows that Watson was stripped of his Brownlow Medal and banned from the game for a year.
But the Essendon champion, and son of Bombers great and Channel 7 and SEN commentator Tim Watson, doesn’t play the blame game.
Essendon champ Jobe Watson isn’t playing the blame game over losing his Brownlow Medal.
Watson revealed to the Herald Sun that he still hasn’t “processed” the enormity of what happened during the AFL-ASADA probe into the Bombers’ 2012 supplements program, when 34 past and present Essendon players were heavily penalised.
“I haven’t thought a lot about it really — I’m back in footy, enjoying it for what it is,” Watson said at the exclusive Hyatt Place hotel launch at Essendon Fields.
“I suppose when my career is finished I will reflect on life in footy and see how I feel about it then.”
Shrugging when asked about how he felt giving back the Brownlow, Watson threw up his hands, saying, “It is what it is."
But don’t wait for a tell-all memoir on what became known as the “blackest day in sport”. Not only is Watson a private man, but he says he is not great with a pen.
“I’ve got terrible grammar and punctuation so I don’t think I could,” he says with a laugh.
Having just returned from Perth, where his sister gave birth to “beautiful” niece Goldie, Watson says he remains focused on footy.
Jobe Watson says he remains focused on footy.
The “FEMINIST” snapback he wore to his first press conference last year announcing his return to the game is sitting in his South Melbourne home.
Watson says his Netherlands-born model girlfriend, Virginia Slaghekke, 26, is there too, holed up studying for her neuroscience degree at Deakin University.
“She is in the middle of exams at the moment, so busy studying, but she is enjoying Melbourne,” Watson said.
Mystery still surrounds the circumstances behind the return of the actual Brownlow Medal Watson won in 2012, which now sits in a drawer in Gillon McLachlan’s office at AFL House. The smile dropped when Watson was asked how the medal was returned. “I’ve got no idea,” he said. “I never had it.”
Bombers coach John Worsfeld recently said he and Watson would sit down over coming weeks about Watson’s future on the field.
But for now it’s no regrets and playing the game.
“Life is too short to blame people,” he says.
Watson says he will return to New York in October to work behind the coffee machine in his cafe on Fifth Avenue, Hole in The Wall.
Coffee’s up and so is this football champion.