For a player who caused so much mayhem on the football field, it is somewhat surprising that Barry Hall has taken so long to earn a Frownlow nomination for acts committed off the field.
The former AFL player earned his nomination for recent comments about another former player’s wife and the process of the birth of her child.
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.
Hall’s bizarre comments, during a segment on the Triple M radio show, made reference to a medical procedure used to deliver babies. His comments were made in such a manner, though, as to be regarded as vulgar, inappropriate and disgusting.
Hall was sacked by Triple M and will now have to work even harder to repair his bad boy reputation, which was so bad he was once forced to appear on a reality TV show.
Hall will find out later in the year if he has done enough to earn a coveted position in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.