AFL player Rhys Nicholls is free to bet on himself to win The Fronwlow Medal in 2022 despite being punished for gambling on AFL games.
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.
Nicholls was recently given a $5000 and a two-match suspension after he was caught placing bets on games in which his Gold Coast Suns were playing in 2021. The best were placed from a gambling account in his name. Nicholls did not play in the games under question, but was punished according to AFL rules. Luckily for Nicholls, no such rules exist in The Frownlow Medal, so he can place as many bets on himself as he likes.
Nicholls has been fined and suspended, and forever damaged his reputation, all for bets totalling only $256, and all of which were unsuccessful. Will he have more luck betting on himself to win The Fronwlow Medal this year?