AFL player Jake Stringer is a great role model due to his special connection with young people. Stringer earns his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame due to that connection and the gambling addiction that plagued his career
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.
Stringer was involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, according to his partner at the time, Abby Gilmore. Gilmore revealed the alleged affair in the media and claimed that it happened while she was pregnant.
Apparently the relationship had the blessing of the girl’s parents, who were Bulldogs fans.
In addition, Gilmore claims she only found out when seeing texts from the girl, as well as from other women with whom Stringer was involved. The messages included naked photos of the Bulldog and proof he had been cheating for four months.
Stringer is a great role model for other reasons.
He later confessed to a gambling addiction during his career, with Gilmore claiming that his gambling losses exceeded $100,000 before their separation. She also believes her former partner did not get the help he needed at the Western Bulldogs.
The Essendon player might be disappointed to learn that while gambling is strongly encouraged at the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and hall of fame, the event is strictly adults only.