NRL player Michael Chee-Kam is not sure how he will get to the awards ceremony for The Frownlow Medal later this year, but it won’t be in an Uber.
The Wests Tigers player earned his nomination for the prestigious award after being charged with assaulting an Uber driver during a night out in Bondi recently.
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 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.
Reports allege that Chee Kam and another man repeatedly punched the driver through his window, and both men will face court to answer to the charges.
Chee Kam is not the first player to be nominated for Frownlow honours due to a run in with a ride-share driver or taxi driver. To find out more about other nominees and to assess Chee Kam’s chances of winning the medal this year, go to http://www.instagram/thefrownlowmedal.com.