Exclusive documents obtained through confidential sources reveal the content of Mark Gasnier’s acceptance speech should he be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
The documents are a transcript of the voicemail Gasnier plans to play on the night, and are an indication of the player’s supreme confidence of induction alongside some of Australia’s footballing greats.
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. Rugby League player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and former NRL player Ben Barba 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.
Gasnier’s unedited acceptance speech reads as follows;
“@&%#^&&Y ##$$^ #*%$$^756*, @#&$^^##, #%$%&#$&, !@#%#%*@#$^$%&%^$@$%&%^,
The former NRL player was nominated for Frownlow honours after leaving a famously lewd voicemail message on the phone of an unknown woman during a drunken night out with fellow players in 2004.
The message was so graphic that Gasnier was fined $50,000 and stood down from the NSW State of Origin team.
Gasnier was called to verify and comment on the content of the documents, but Frownlow judges could only reach his answering service, where they were invited to leave a polite and respectful message.