NRL player Tui Kamikamica has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being charged with an alleged incident involving a woman.
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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.
Kamikamica has been stood down by the Melbourne Storm after police charged the front rower over an alleged incident involving a woman outside a hotel in Brisbane recently. He has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm following the alleged incident in Fortitude Valley, and is accused of assaulting a 30-year-old woman.
The NRL Integrity Unit and police are investigating the incident, and Kamikamica’s fate will be known at the completion of the investigations.
Kamikamica may have timed the alleged incident perfectly, as is it only a matter of weeks before judges award The Frownlow Medal for 2021, and his deeds are sure to be fresh in their thoughts.
Even if he doesn’t win the coveted medal, he is guaranteed an invitation to Australian sport’s night of nights, the award ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.