NRL player Toby Rudolf channelled Scott Morrison during a post-match interview and his offensive comments have earned him a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
The Cronulla forward drew inspiration from the prime minister, and Sharks no. 1 ticket holder, when he made comments derogatory to women following Cronulla’s first-round victory over the Dragons. When asked how he would celebrate, Rudolf said on live TV, he would drink…
“1,000 beers”, and “Go to Northies, try and pull something – anything will do.”
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.
It is not known whether Rudolf did or didn’t pull something – though with that kind of charm and eloquence, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t.
“How good is ScoMo!” Rudolf said when learning of his Frownlow nomination.
“He taught me everything I know about how to talk about women, and how to respect women. He’s been giving all the boys lectures and classes after training about how to treat women, and I just took that on board when I had to do the interview after the game.”
“And when Scotty said women should think themselves lucky that they weren’t shot at that protest the other day. Mate, how good!, I wish I’d thought of that.”
Rudolf has nominated Morrison as his plus 1 for the grand awards night of The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year, and is tipped to replace Marise Payne as the federal Minister for Women.