Former Rugby Union player Craig Wells has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl.
The ex Waratahs and Brumbies centre is reported to have given the girl drugs and alcohol before raping her multiple times.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. Kiwi international and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Todd Carney.
Players will be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later in the year.
First published in February 2017.