NRL player Mitchell Pearce has sabotaged his own wedding so that he can attend the upcoming awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Pearce destroyed his nuptials after sending flirtatious text messages to a young woman.
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.
Reports indicate that Pearce was caught sending racy text messages to a young female employee of the Newcastle Knights club, and that his lavish beachside wedding had to be cancelled just days before it was scheduled to take place.
Guests originally thought the wedding was called off due to COVID-19 restrictions, until Pearce revealed that he was desperate to attend the Frownlow awards night, so made sure his wedding would not take place.
The Frownlow awards will take place some time in the next week, with a day and venue to be determined according to COVID-19 restrictions in various parts of Australia. One suggestion is to hold the awards at Pearce’s proposed wedding venue on the NSW north coast, seeing as though it has been booked and paid for, and would have been full of drunken footballers anyway.
Pearce has not issued a statement, but the star halfback told friends he was desperate to be part of the Frownlow awards after receiving numerous nominations in the past for self-destructive behaviour, including the Australia Day dog incident.
The NRL veteran now joins more than 50 fellow nominees in the running for the most prestigious award in Australian sport.