Former AFL player Liam Jurrah has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following assault and driving offences which have seen him jailed numerous times since he retired from football.
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.
The former Melbourne Demons star quit AFL in 2012 and in 2013 was charged with the first offence of drink driving and involvement in a car chase with police. He failed to attend the court hearing for this charge and was banned from driving for two years.
In the same year he was charged with four counts of aggravated assault and after pleading guilty to one charge of assault was jailed for six months.
Just a year later the boy from Yuendumu was charged with aggravated assault of a woman and with threatening her with a knife and a tyre iron, for which he was sentenced to nine months in jail.
Jurrah’s post-football life was apparently back on track until 2017 when he was again before the court after allegations of violence.