AFL player Jordan De Goey has collected his fourth nomination for The Frownlow Medal after facing court recently for driving offences.
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 Collingwood star was in familiar surroundings when he faced a judge, via video link, to answer charges related to a string of driving offences in 2019. De Goey is accused of driving while suspended and using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of a stationary but not parked vehicle in Melbourne.
This is now De Goey’s fourth nomination for Frownlow honours. He was nominated in 2017, 2018 and 2020, for offences such as blaming his dog for a hand injury which was actually sustained at a nightclub, and forcing his coach to repeat the lie to the media. He has also been charged with drink driving and has been hit with fines and suspensions. In addition, he is still the subject of an investigation into an alleged assault of a woman as far back as 2015.
De Goey just can’t keep himself away from trouble, and clearly can’t keep himself away from the after party for the Frownlow awards nigh to be held later this year.