AFL player Elijah Taylor has joined a long list of professional footballers to have been awarded The Frownlow Medal Wife Beater tattoo after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The talented 19-year-old pleaded guilty to numerous charges for an incident in September 2020 and was sacked by the Sydney Swans.
Taylor has added his name to an illustrious list of players from the major football codes who have all been found guilty of violence against women, including physical assault and sexual assault, and who now display the sought-after tattoo on the fists used to injure their victims.
The list includes players such as:
Sam Burgess (premiership winner, England international)
Scott Bolton (premiership winner)
Zane Tetevano (premiership winner, New Zealand international)
Ben Barba (premiership winner, Dally M medallist)
Jake Friend (premiership winning captain, Origin)
Richie Fa’aoso (premiership winner, Tonga international)
Addin Fonua-Blake (Tonga international)
Kirisome Auva’a (premiership winner, Samoa international)
Greg Inglis (premiership winner, Origin winner, Australian captain – for a few hours)
Ken McGuinness (NSW Origin)
and Dylan Walker (premiership winner, Origin, Australia)
And let’s not forget Craig Wells, who was found guilty of raping a teenage girl after plying her with illicit drugs. A far cry from playing for the Wallabies.