NRL player Adam Elliott has earned himself a late-season nomination for The Frownlow Medal after being photographed drunk and naked in public.
The Canterbury Bulldogs forward had his naked image splashed all over the pages of a major newspaper after a drunken Mad Monday celebration in Sydney.
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.
Fellow Bulldogs were also reported to be bringing the game into disrepute, but did not appear in their birthday suit on the front page and did not do enough to earn a nomination. One of Elliott’s teammates was seen grabbing him by the genitals, in an effort to increase his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal.
“I want the Frownlow,” Elliott mumbled on the morning after.
“I want it bad, so I got naked and made sure I was in view of lots of people and cameras. I didn’t have to get nude, because I did score a try this season, but I knew getting nude would get me nominated – I really hope I win the Frownlow.”
Bulldogs club officials announced a probe into the incident. Let’s hope Elliott has his clothes on when that happens.