Former NRL player Jarrod Mullen has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after a near-fatal drug overdose and a link to a drug supply ring.
Mullen was rushed to hospital in December 2018 after overdosing on drugs, and has since been the subject of a police investigation into a drug supply ring in the Hunter region of NSW.
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.
The former Newcastle Knights player also spent time in rehab to deal with his drug use, and was suspended from Rugby League for four years after testing positive to performance enhancing drugs.
The former NSW Origin representative has not been charged by police and will await the outcome of the police investigation to find out if he has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.