Former NRL player Kalifa Faifai Loa has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following incidents of poor discipline.
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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal and Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.
Faifai Loa was sacked by the Newcastle Knights for disciplinary reasons in 2008. He was also charged with drink driving during his career and was ejected from more than one homestay, as a youngster, for disciplinary reasons.
Faifai Loa was also drawn into the drug possession and trafficking scandal involving numerous players from the Gold Coast Titans, as well as Karmichael Hunt. Faifai Loa was cleared in court of any charges related to this incident.
Faifai Loa will discover later this year if he has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.