NRL player Tyrell Fuimaono was recently handed a good behaviour bond after hindering police and has earned himself a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
But has he done enough to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport?
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.
Fuimaono admitted to hindering police after they attempted to break up a brawl late one night in Sydney. The Penrith player had to be put in a headlock and forcefully handcuffed as police tried to clear the busy street.
The second rower escaped conviction but did not escape the eye of Frownlow judges. The matter is still being considered by the NRL integrity unit and the judges of the most highly-coveted award in Australian sport.