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.
Laurie is facing charges of wounding with intent to murder following two shooting incidents on the NSW North Coast, in which he shot at a house.
During a career in which he played for Newcastle, Penrith and Wests Tigers, Laurie also landed himself in trouble. The towering forward was sacked by the Panthers for consuming alcohol on a flight to Auckland with the NSW Cup team.
The former Indigenous All Star joins a long and illustrious list of Frownlow nominees who have spent time as a guest of Her Majesty, including:
Craig Field, Matthew Lodge, Ben Cousins, Craig Wells, Russell Packer, Zane Tetevano, Nick Stevens, Anthony Watts, Richie Fa’aoso, Ahmad Elrich, Shane Yarran and Jim and Andrew Krakouer.
Laurie will have plenty of time to think about his fate, which is in the hands of the judges of Australia’s legal system and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
First published in January, 2018.