Former NRL player Brett Stewart has finally been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with possession of illicit drugs.
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 Manase Fainu is the most recent 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.
Stewart was involved in one of the most infamous off-field incidents in recent history, but has had to wait until 2023 for his nomination. In 2009, he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in the street. He was later cleared of the charges and missed out on Frownlow honours, when it was revealed that the girl’s father was a convicted fraudster.
The Manly hero has now received a long-awaited nomination after allegedly being caught with cocaine on the northern beaches of Sydney.
He has been asked to bring a bag or two to the after party for The Frownlow Medal and hall of fame later this year.