Kevin Proctor just wants to be noticed.

Poor Kevin. All he wanted was some attention.

He used to get attention. He used to be captain of the Gold Coast Titans. He used to play for New Zealand and he won a premiership with the mighty Melbourne Storm. Now he’s attracted so much attention for vaping at half time that the Titans sacked him and judges nominated him for The Frownlow Medal.

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.

Poor Kevin was so desperate for the attention he used to enjoy that he started vaping during the half-time break of a game. He vaped in the dressing room toilet, which is not allowed. He was so desperate for attention he filmed himself vaping, even though players are not allowed to use cellphones inside the dressing rooms. Proctor wasn’t playing in the game, but was part of the extended squad.

He still wanted even more attention, so after filming himself vaping, he uploaded the video to his Instagram account. The video carried the caption “not the halftime vape”, and saw him inhaling and then shaking his head with the Titans down 26-10 at the time.

This is not the first time Proctor has attracted the attention of Frownlow judges. In 2017 he was nominated after being dropped from the New Zealand World Cup team for possession of illicit drugs, and in 2020 was dropped from the Titans leadership group and suspended for four matches for biting fellow Kiwi Shaun Johnson during a NRL match.

What does poor Kevin do now?

The 33-year-old could retire, because he’s not likely to earn another contract in the NRL, or he could join The Fronwow Medal Old Boys Club in the English Super League. Either way, he won’t receive as much attention as he did in his glory days.

Poor Kevin.

Image: NuNa

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