The following statement is to be attributed to AFL Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh:
“The AFL Players’ Association, whilst extremely disappointed for Jobe Watson, respects his decision to hand back his 2012 Brownlow Medal.
“Despite this outcome, Jobe remains a true champion of our game and a universally respected leader.
“Jobe has spoken of his values driving his decision and in all of the AFLPA’s dealings with him he has proven to be a man of great integrity and he has displayed incredible selflessness in making this decision.
“We hope now that Jobe and all of his 33 past and present teammates are given the space to move on from this sorry saga.”