AFL players Steven May and Jake Melksham will star in an undisclosed reality TV show this year after forming football’s latest steamy bromance. The Melbourne teammates had a public tiff and have been promised starring roles in numerous reality TV shows as well as nominations for The Frownlow Medal.
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 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.
May and Melksham were dining at a Melbourne restaurant when their playful banter escalated into a passionate ‘scuffle’ as their feelings overflowed. News spread quickly and TV producers contacted their agents immediately.
May was suspended for one game by the Demons leadership group, because he was not supposed to be drinking while recovering from an injury, while both players will take part in community service “…to ensure they understand the responsibility and impact they have as role models within the community.”
Like all committed partners, and all professional footballers, May and Melksham are incredibly ‘remorseful’ of their actions and are said to have kissed and made up. In this way they are following the example of other football bromances and Frownlow nominees, such as NRL players Corey Oates and Justin Hodges, Daly Cherry-Evans and Jackson Hastings, James Tedesco and Shannon Wakeman, as well as Rugby players Matt Dunning and Des Tuiavi’i.
The interest of reality show producers indicates the depth of feeling in the scuffle, although it lacks the intrigue of the threesome involving NRL players Jamal Idris, Lee Te Maari and 2019 medallist Ben Barba.
Closer to home, West Coast Eagles teammates Daniel Kerr and Cousins had a famous fist fight in 2002.
The Melbourne veterans are yet to decide on a name for their pairing. They considered MenM but they’re not rappers, so are tossing up M2, MelMay, MaMey and Stemay Jake, and have asked their social media followers to vote on a name. What is certain, however, is that the players will use the TV roles to release a single entitled: “Jake’s Melksham brings all the boys to the yard”
MelMay will find out later this year if they become the first couple to share The Fronwlow Medal, and viewers will find out later this year which reality TV show will feature the streamy bromance.