NRL player Kane Evans has been reported to the judges of The Frownlow Medal for an alleged racist slur against an opponent during a second-grade Rugby League match.
Evans has been accused of making the racist comment while playing for the Wentworthville Magpies, in the dying moments of their game against the New Zealand Warriors.
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 coming days and weeks will reveal the true nature of Evans’ comments, and whether he has done enough to win the most prestigious inter-code award in Australian sport.
To find out more about this year’s nominees for the award, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal.