Former NRL player Michael Gordon was planning to supply schoolies with drugs to protect them from cooties, and has subsequently earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
It is believed the drugs were destined for Byron Bay where a large number of Australian school leavers are planning to celebrate the end of their school life, but the drugs were seized by police and Gordon was charged with supplying and possessing a prohibited drug.
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.
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.
Gordon has been stood down by the Gold Coast Titans where he was an assitant coach, and where he finished his playing career. There is no truth to the rumour that Gordon took the job in anticipation of another massive schoolies celebration on the Gold Coast. Regardless, the former fullback’s plan was thwarted when COVID-19 prevented schoolies from taking place in Queensland, and the partying school kids will now let loose on Byron Bay.
Already nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame are former Titans players Joe Vickery, Dave Taylor and Jamie Dowling – for drug charges. Dragged into this scandal was code-swapper Karmichael Hunt, who played AFL in the Gold Coast and won The Frownlow Medal in 2018. Even Kevin Proctor was caught snorting cocaine a few years ago, and this year he captained the Titans.
Gordon did not provide an official statement after his arrest, but assured young partygoers that the substances found in his possession will definitely protect them from cooties, meningococcal disease and STDs – but not COVID-19.
Since Gordon was supplying schoolies in Byron, who will supply the guests at the awards night for the Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year?