NRL player Jayden Okunbor has requested a revision of his nomination for The Frownlow Medal after reports that he requested topless pictures of the school girl he met at an official visit to her school.
Media reports claim that Okunbor asked the girl, who is either 16 or 17, to bare her breasts via snapchat, and this comes after revelations that he invited the same girl, and a school teacher, to his hotel room while on a team visit to the Port Macquarie region.
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, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.
When media first learned of the scandal, it was thought that Okunbor was just asking the girl to help him with his homework, and had invited the teacher to his room for some private tuition.
All of the women involved in the incident are of legal age, and no complaint has been made against the player, but the scandal has apparently cost the Bulldogs their jersey sponsor on the eve of the 2020 season.
The study session alone is unlikely to win the winger the coveted Frownlow, in the same year that Jack DeBelin and Jarryd Hayne are set to face court for very, very serious offences.
The sexting revelation, though, does add serious weight to his challenge for Frownlow honours.
“Sexting has to lift my grades,” he stated.
“I want the teacher to remark my assessment. I’ve got her number, I can tell her now”
“So many other footy players have earned nominations or even won the Frownlow because of text messaging and sexting stuff. Kenny-Dowall won in 2015 and he got it for the explicit messages he sent to his ex, and Corey Norman won for a sex tape, plus other scandals. Come on, I did sexting with a 16/17-year-old schoolgirl, surely that’s enough to win a Frownlow.”
What Okunbor is forgetting is that this is the beginning of the NRL and winter football season, with his Bulldogs playing the opening game tonight (without him). A week is a long time in footy, so a season is an eternity, and anything can happen between now and the end of the year. This will determine if Okunbor has done enough to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport.