Former NRL player Brad Fittler has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being labelled “The drunkest human being ever”.
The newly appointed NSW State of Origin coach earned this title from a Police Officer who found him lying outside Glebe Police Station in Sydney one night in 1999.
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 Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 before Corey Norman in 2016 and Tim Simona in 2017.
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 Julian O’Neill.
The former Australian captain was reportedly so drunk he was allowed to stay at the station for three hours until he was sober enough to tell police where he lived.
Fittler was again drunk when he tried to enter the wrong room at a hotel in Townsville in 2009. The two female occupants of the room called police after discovering a half-naked man shaking the door and trying to enter at about 3am. Fittler was coach of the Sydney Roosters at the time.
The former Panthers and Roosters star also fathered a child during a one night stand and took no part in raising the boy. Fittler does reportedly offer financial support to the child, which is more than what was offered to the illegitimate child of current Penrith star Bryce Cartwright.
The 2018 NSW players are looking forward to a very exciting bonding session before next year’s State of Origin series.
Meanwhile, ‘Freddy’ will find out next year if he is inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
First published in November, 2017.