Former NRL player and NSW representative Ken McGuinness has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being arrested and charged with domestic violence and breaching an apprehended violence order.
McGuinness was charged with breaching the conditions of an AVO and with assaulting a woman, who was taken to hospital in Sydney for treatment to her injuries.
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 in 2015 and code-swapper 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.
McGuinness played five State of Origin games for NSW during a career in which he played for Western Suburbs Magpies, Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys.
The former outside back will find out later this year if he has done enough to earn a place alongside some of the greats of Australian sport in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.