Manase Fainu got naked and filmed himself via social media on his way to earning a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
The Manly Sea Eagles rookie was forced to attend court earlier this year after being charged with intentionally recording an intimate image without consent and posting it to social media. He recently pleaded guilty to the offence and escaped conviction.
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.
Fainu is reported to have taken out his phone and recorded his intimate rendezvous with a young woman, who later alleged that the filming took place without her consent. The young hooker made his NRL debut for Manly while the matter was still being dealt with by the courts.
Fainu will find out very soon of he has done enough to beat other footballers, including fellow nudist Sam Burgess, to the greatest prize in Australian sport.