NRL player Tyrone May has joined the long list of NRL footballers who could be sporting a Wife Beater tattoo after he earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
The Penrith player appears in a lewd video leaked on social media which allegedly features an act of rough play and foul language. The emergence of the video forced the Panthers to axe May from a trial game.
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.
If found guilty before the law, May will be gifted a Wife Beater tattoo to complement the tattoo on his left arm which is the distinguishing feature which identified him as one of the people in the video.
A guilty verdict would place May in a very good position to win The Frownlow Medal in 2019, but he will still have to await the outcome of other court cases involving Jack de Belin, Ben Barba, Dylan Walker and Jarryd Hayne. He will also have to wait and see if players from Super Rugby, AFL or the A-League can mount a serious challenge for the most prestigious award in Australian sport.