Former NRL star Blake Ferguson has been awarded a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Frownlow Medal after being found guilty of violence against women.
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 striking tattoo is available to any player who is involved in an incident of violence against women and will be inked on the player’s arms or hands, or whichever limb was used to inflict the damage on the female victim.
Ferguson was given a two-year good behaviour bond for the indecent assault of a woman at a nightclub in Sydney in June 2013. He was convicted of groping 24-year-old woman at a bar in Cronulla while celebrating his selection in the State of Origin team.
The incident saw him stood down from the New South Wales Origin squad, and he was eventually sacked by the Canberra Raiders in 2013.