Fox hunting with a rabbit during COVID-19.

NRL players Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell and Tyrone Roberts-Davis have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after breaking coronavirus social distancing rules during a shooting and camping trip on Mitchell’s property in northern NSW.

Addo-Carr, nicknamed Fox, dobbed himself in when he posted a series of photos on his social media account which show the trio gathering with a large group, in clear violation of social distancing rules.

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.

Addo-Carr and Mitchell are now the subject of a police investigation, after various photos showed the pair shooting, camping, riding on the beach and having a wonderful time in large groups. The NRL is also investigating as it tries to resume its competition in May, and will look into the actions of Roberts-Davis.

Mitchell apologised to the public via a video on social media, while Addo-Carr issued an apology. They defended their actions as a chance to get out of the city, relax and have fun for a weekend – something most of the world’s population would love to do right now, but are not allowed.

This is not the first time a trip to northern NSW has landed Mitchell in trouble. A night out with the boys at a pub near Taree turned ugly and earned the star player his first Frownlow nomination in 2019.

The three NRL players join AFL players Cameron Zurhaar and Nick Larkey in earning Frownlow nominations for breaking social distancing rules. The shooting party must now wait on the police investigation and the decision of the NRL to find out if they can play once the competition resumes. They will also be forced to attend the Frownlow awards ceremony via skype or zoom.

Image: NuNa


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