NRL player Micheal Chee Kam is seeking a new mode of transport after pleading guilty to assaulting a ride share driver. Chee Kam was charged with assault in December 2018 and consequently earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal. Now, he will have to find another way to get around in between his football commitments.
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.
Chee Kam assaulted the ride share driver during a night out late last year, and his recent guilty verdict has seen him suspended from the Wests Tigers for one game. The guilty verdict will strengthen his bid for The Frownlow Medal this year, which is proving to be the most competitive year in the history of the prestigious award.
One of Chee Kam’s competitors for Frownlow honours is fellow NRL player Tautau Moga, who was himself punished for assaulting a taxi driver and inventing the game ‘Slap the Taxi’. It is understood Chee Kam has already reached out to Moga to arrange transport to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which will be held later this year.