AFL player Jamie Elliott has added his name to the very large group of professional footballers who have been arrested for public urination and earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
The Collingwood player was arrested for urinating into a rubbish bin in North Melbourne in 2017 after enjoying himself too much at Derby Day.
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 is 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.
Elliott is confident of his chances of being inducted into the Hall of Fame after displaying the behaviour of a true role model.
“We always tell kids on school visits that it’s important to be a good citizen and to do the right thing,” he explained.
“I was showing kids that it’s bad to litter, you should always make sure you put your rubbish in the bin.”
Organisers of the grand awards night for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, to be held later this year, have placed a substantial order for adult diapers for Elliott and his fellow urinators.