Former NRL player Danny Wicks has admitted to sending a mysterious package of assorted chemicals to the headquarters of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.
It is believed the package was sent in an attempt to persuade the judges to induct Wicks into the Hall of Fame alongside some of the biggest names in Australian football.
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. Former NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal, while fellow NRL player Manase Fainu is the latest 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.
Wicks was earlier nominated for the award after spending eighteen months in prison, during 2011-2012, for trafficking drugs.
The former Dragons, Knights and Eels player was arrested for supplying prohibited drugs and possession of prohibited drugs in 2009. At the time of his arrest, Wicks was believed to be near the top of a drug supply ring.
The package for which Wicks has taken responsibility contained numerous plastic bags full of powders of different colours and textures. The note inside the box simply read,
“Thanks for the nomination. Enjoy. Danny W!”
While the judges were pleased to have brought such joy to a nominee, they remind Danny and all other nominees that they are impervious to any form of inappropriate persuasion and are utterly beyond reproach.
With this in mind, Wicks will have to wait until later this year to discover if he has been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame on merit alone.