Former NRL player Jarrod Mullen has taken another step towards being inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with drug supply.
Mullen was charged with allegedly supplying cocaine and will face court later this year, after already being nominated for Frownlow honours for a drug overdose and positive drug test.
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 and State of Origin player was banned from the NRL for four years for a positive drug test, and took a near fatal drug overdose recently. These two indiscretions earned him his first nomination for The Frownlow Medal, and the latest charge will strengthen his chances of joining some of the greatest footballers in Australia in the hall of fame.
Mullen will find out later this year if he is inducted, giving him time to ask his ‘business associates’ to continue supplying Frownlow judges with their regular painkilling medication.