NRL player Zane Musgrove has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being charged with domestic violence.
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.
Musgrove will soon face court to defend the charges, which saw him dropped from the South Sydney Rabbitohs earlier in 2018. Musgrove chose to fight the charges and was subsequently re-instated to the Rabbitosh roster, although he hasn’t featured very often in first grade.
The story comes just moments before the Rabbitohs face the Dragons for the right to play the Roosters for a spot in the 2018 grand final, and at the same time as the club deals with a naked social media scandal.
Musgrave will learn very soon if he is sentenced on charges of domestic violence, and whether he has done enough to win The Frownlow Medal.