Captain Tackle has used social media to embroil himself in another off-field scandal and earn himself a second nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
NRL player Sam Burgess, captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, is reported to have shown off his tackle to an unknown woman via a social media video.
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 married father reportedly engaged in a chat with the young woman before dropping his pants and exposing himself, in the presence of Rabbitohs teammates.
A social media blunder earned Burgess his first Frownlow nomination, back in 2016. On that occasion, Burgess took a photo of himself while driving and posted the photo on his social media account.
Burgess has earned scathing criticism from fans and the media, created a massive distraction for his team before their biggest game of the year and harmed his own reputation, but has he done enough to win The Frownlow Medal in 2018?
Find out soon.