It’s hard to believe, but there’s one tattoo Jordan de Goey is missing, and the AFL player wants it so much that he got himself arrested in a New York nightclub alongside a famous tattoo artist.
De Goey was charged with assault and forcible touching of a woman in a bar in New York alongside popular Australian tattoo artist Luke Dyson, and the Collingwood player has earned himself his sixth nomination for The Fronwlow Medal, and his third this year alone.
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.
According to the police report, a 35-year-old woman claims she was groped by two men on the dance floor of the club. Apparently the woman’s male friend intervened and was allegedly punched, kicked and struck in the face with a glass bottle by men who were said to be intoxicated. The man reported pain and swelling to his lips and body. De Goey and Dyson were arrested and taken into custody before the court case.
The Collingwood star is a perennial nominee for The Fronwlow Medal.
He was in the running for the prize in 2017, 2018 and 2020, as well as earlier in 2021, but has never won.
The Magpies favourite earned his first nomination in 2017, for road offences including speeding while driving as a P-plater and sending text messages while stopped at traffic lights, as well as driving a black Maserati GranCabrio at 93km/h in an 80km/h zone last year, without displaying P Plates.
He also claimed to have no idea that his car and motorbike licences had been suspended, and was caught using those vehicles anyway. In 2018, he was caught drink-driving while on P plates, and was suspended by Collingwood.
His most famous nomination came in 2017 – the dog ate my homework incident. On this occasion, De Goey lied about how he hurt his hand, blaming it on his dog. He made his coach lie about it to the media, and later conceded it happened while partying and fighting at a St Kilda nightclub.
What is the tattoo De Goey so desperately wants? We’ll have to wait for the outcome of the US police investigation to find out. At least Dyson can ink him for free if he earns it.