Former AFL player Wayne Carey has been awarded a Wife Beater Tattoo after being found guilty of numerous charges of violence against women.
Carey was inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2015 for his famous extra-marital affair and other scandals, but earned the prestigious tattoo following physical abuse of various women. The tattoo also grants him access to The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.
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 NRL star Jarryd Hayne 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.
Carey pleaded guilty to indecent assault after grabbing a woman’s breast on a Melbourne street in 1997, allegedly asking her “Why don’t you get a bigger pair of tits?”
The North Melbourne star escaped any serious punishment, then in 2007 his girlfriend at the time told police he had smashed a wine glass in her face, cutting her mouth and neck. When police attended the scene in Miami, Carey kicked a female police officer in the mouth. His girlfriend later dropped charges, but Carey was convicted for assaulting the officer.
The respected TV commentator wasn’t done though. Only a year later, police were called again, this time to his home in Port Melbourne after reports of domestic violence. When they arrived, he assaulted them and had to be subdued with capsicum spray. He was convicted and fined $2000 for assault and resisting police.
Furthermore, it was reported that the Kangaroos paid a $15,000 settlement to a woman he allegedly sexually harassed.
Carey will be inked immediately, and fans will see his Wife Beater Tattoo every time he appears on the commentary team or a reality TV show.