Former NRL player Tristan Sailor is no longer eligible for The Fronwlow Medal after being found not guilty of sexual assault.
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.
Sailor was charged with sexual assault for an incident which was alleged to have occurred in 2019. The woman sustained injuries to her genitals and claimed she couldn’t have consented as she was asleep, unconscious or too intoxicated. However, Sailor claimed she was completely conscious during sex and never seemed overly intoxicated.
A jury returned a verdict of not guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
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