NRL player Manase Fainu has launched an attack on fellow nominees for The Frownlow Medal after being charged with stabbing someone during a brawl outside a church in South West Sydney.
Fainu obviously sought divine intervention in his bid for Frownlow glory, as the winner for 2019 is just moments from being announced, and the timing of his nomination is perfect.
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.
Fainu has been charged with various offences, including affray and intent to cause grevious bodily harm, and the matter is currently under investigation by the police and the NRL Integrity Unit. Bizarrely, Fainu has been charged with assault despite having recently undergone shoulder surgery.
Even more bizarre is the fact that a Rugby League player was involved in more violence outside a church than on the football field.
The promising young hooker has already been nominated for Frownlow honours. In 2018, he was nominated for filming himself and a young woman having sex and posting the film to social media without the girl’s permission.
The Manly player’s main rivals for the most prestigious award in Australian sport are Scott Bolton (NRL), Zane Musgrove (Rugby League), Jaidyn Stephenson (AFL) and Israel Folau (Rugby Union). His Sea Eagles teammate, Dylan Walker, was the clear favourite until his partner dropped charges of domestic violence.
Fainu is now expected to go to confession on his way to the upcoming awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.