Controversial tennis star Margaret Court has been ruled ineligible for the greatest prize in Australia on the eve of the country’s national day of celebration. Court and her supporters are furious that she will never win The Frownlow Medal or be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame despite a lifetime of bigoted public statements.
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 AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.
Conservative commentators have slammed the decision and attacked the judges of The Frownlow Medal for pandering to woke, left-wing, latte sipping, inner-city progressives.
“This is a disgrace,” blasted her supporters.
“Margaret Court deserves to win the Frownlow or be in the hall of fame, but she hasn’t even been nominated. Israel Folau got nominated twice for his homophobia, and heaps of players from NRL, AFL and Rugby were nominated just for ‘liking’ his comments on social media, but Margaret got nothing,” they argued.
“The simple fact is that if Margaret was a footy player, she’d be in the hall of fame for sure.”
As a tennis player, Court won numerous grand slams and is Australia’s most successful player. Since retiring, however, she has regularly made the news for grossly intolerant statements which are completely out of touch with modern Australian society.
Court’s controversial statements are many, and are targeted especially at gay and lesbian relationships, due to her strong religious beliefs. She once wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper lamenting the decision of fellow Aussie tennis player Casey Dellacqua to have a child within a same-sex relationship.
“It is with sadness that I see that this baby has seemingly been deprived of a father,” she wrote.
Court has also been quoted as saying that transgender children are the work of the devil, and she was branded a racist and a homophobe by fellow tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Further comments linked childhood gender dysphoria to Hitler and communism, and praised the apartheid system of South Africa.
“Even her racism didn’t get her nominated,” stated her supporters. “So many footy players have been nominated for racist comments but again Margaret got nothing from The Frownlow Medal.”
Frownlow judges reminded Court’s supporters that the award is only open to footballers, not tennis players. Instead, the Christian pastor will have to content herself with the Officer of the Order of Australia she already holds, and the upgraded Companion of the Order of Australia she will receive on January 26.