Anthony Mundine is one of the most controversial footballers in Australian history but he has never been nominated for The Frownlow Medal. Is that about to change?
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.
Mundine has never been caught abusing alcohol or drugs, or urinating in public. He has never been photographed dancing nude or committing a driving offence. He has never admitted to a gambling addiction or been in a pub fight, or committed any of the scandals which have earned Frownlow nominations for many of his former teammates and opponents.
His latest comments, however, could just be enough to finally earn him a nomination for Frownlow honours. The former NRL player and boxer claimed that COVID-19 and the vaccine roll out are part of an ‘evil plan’ to depopulate the earth and that it amounts to ‘blatant genocide’.
He then urged everyone on twitter to do their research and to see that the vaccine paralyses the body’s immune system and can result in death.
Are these bizarre comments enough to earn Mundine a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?