Andrew Lovett joins The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Andrew Lovett is the latest footballer to join The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters club after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman. Lovett also earns a Wife Beater Tattoo.

The club comprises footballers who have been found guilty of violence against women, and have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal or The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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.

Lovett pleaded guilty to the assault which occurred in 2011 on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The court heard that the woman had taken Lovett in when he was homeless, and that the assault started after Lovett discovered the woman had told someone that he sold his medals to fund his alcohol and gambling addictions. One of the medals was from the Anzac Day game in 2005.

Lovett then reportedly smashed the woman’s phone before grabbing the victim by the throat and throwing her to the ground numerous times. He also held her down on the couch, while her baby slept nearby. The woman was left with neck and chest injuries, he was given a $2500 fine and escaped prison time.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club contains winners of The Frownlow Medal, including Jarryd Hayne and Elijah Taylor. Hayne won the medal in 2021 after being found guilty of sexual assault and sent to prison, while Taylor was found guilty of domestic violence and kicked out of the AFL.

Many footballers have also been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame as a result of their crimes. Nick Stevens served time behind bars for viciously assaulting his former partner, and Craig Wells was also imprisoned for drugging and raping a teenage girl, after he had played for the Wallabies. Other members of this not-so-exclusive club are still playing in their respective codes, are still winning premierships, are still being selected in representative teams and are still being praised as role models to young people.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

NRL

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano

Ben Barba

Jake Friend

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake

Kirisome Auva’a

Jarryd Hayne

Jamil Hopoate

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Liam Jurrah

Andrew Lovett

Wayne Carey

Rugby Union

Craig Wells

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Andrew Lovett earns a Wife Beater Tattoo.

Former AFL player Andrew Lovett has earned a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Fronwlow Medal after pleading guilty to violence against women.

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.

Lovett pleaded guilty to the assault which occurred in 2011 on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The court heard that the woman had taken Lovett in when he was homeless, and that the assault started after Lovett discovered the woman had told someone that he sold his medals to fund his alcohol and gambling addictions. One of the medals was from the Anzac Day game in 2005.

Lovett then reportedly smashed the woman’s phone before grabbing the victim by the throat and throwing her to the ground numerous times. He also held her down on the couch, while her baby slept nearby. The woman was left with neck and chest injuries, while Lovett was given a $2500 fine and escaped prison time.

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Andrew Lovett nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Andrew Lovett has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following a string of off-field scandals, including an accusation of rape.

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 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.

Lovett was accused of raping women during a drunken house party in 2009. During the party, a fellow St Kilda player reportedly asked Lovett:

What the f–k is going on with this chick crying at the front door?…Did you chop her?

During the highly-publicised court case, the jury heard that Lovett met the girl at the apartment of teammate Jason Gram and had sex with her after drinking at a pub earlier that night. Lovett maintained that the sex was consensual but the woman argued that it was not.

A friend who was at the apartment claims the alleged victim was too drunk to move, and that she had placed her on the bed in Gram’s room to sober up.

Following the trial, it was discovered that the same night Lovett went home and had sex with a second woman.

The allegations led St Kilda to suspend Lovett indefinitely but he was later acquitted of the charges in 2011.

This was not Lovett’s only contact with the police during his playing career. In 2005 he was charged with driving without a licence and being drunk in public, and in 2006 he was accused of locking his ex-girlfriend in his car and repeatedly beating her.

The allegations of rape at the party involving a number of St Kilda players drew an official statement from the AFL at the time.

Adrian Anderson, the AFL’s general manager of football operations at the time, claimed players now have a much higher level of understanding of their personal responsibilities and accountabilities and around the issue of consent in their dealings with women.

“[There’s] a far greater understanding of their obligation not to be a bystander and if they notice things going wrong, to take steps to intervene and a greater understanding of the dangers inherent in combining alcohol, drugs and sex,” he said, “and a far greater understanding of the societal issue of violence against women.”

Other groups also commented on the incident and its implications, including Carolyn Worth from Centres Against Sexual Assault, who said:

“The footballers need to be clear about their status as role models for young men and women…”

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Jarryd Hayne refuses to return The Frownlow Medal.

Judges of The Frownlow Medal are demanding that NRL star Jarryd Hayne hand back the medal he won in 2021 after he was freed from prison on bail.

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.

Hayne won the prestigious award after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on NRL grand final night in 2018, but was recently released from Cooma Correctional Centre after having the convictions quashed. He will face a retrial in the near future.

Frownlow judges waited patiently outside the prison to take the medal from Hayne, but he was whisked away by his minders and taken straight to Hillsong Church where he was granted absolution. On the manicured lawns of the megachurch, he stood with the medal draped around his neck and issued a lengthy statement.

“Yep, I’ve still got it, and I’m not givin’ it to noone” he stated.

“It was in the paper bag they gave back to me when I walked out. I wanted to keep it in prison with me but they wouldn’t let me. It’s the most special and valuable thing I’ve ever owned. All the boys inside asked me about it and wanted to see it, and half of them reckon they should’ve won it instead of me ‘cos of all the crazy stuff they done, but I told ’em that they never played pro footy like I did, and they’re not as bad as half the guys I played with over the years anyway.”

Hayne then reminded the waiting media that even though the rape conviction was overturned, he received multiple nominations for The Fronwlow Medal in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021, and was thus a worthy winner.

“You guys forget that I was pictured on social media with known criminals, and I was mixed up in that drive by shooting in King’s Cross once. Plus, I got into a pub fight at the Cross, and I was fined $1000 for biting a woman on the arm at a nightclub – yeah, youz all forget about that hey!”

“But, nah, you always wanna talk about me getting accused of rape in the US, when I tried out for NFL, but I was never found guilty of that. And you don’t wanna talk about the time I was talking to school kids about cyber safety and stuff (like how to avoid creepy guys on dating apps) and these pornographic images appeared on the screen. I mean, at least those kids were paying attention for once”

The former NSW and Australia star then reminded the media that he must face a retrial soon, and that he could still be found guilty and be returned to prison.

“So, nah, there’s no way I’m givin’ back this medal.”

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Nathan Daly Nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Nathan Daly has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following his arrest outside a Brisbane casino in 2010.

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 in 2015, while 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.

The former Bronco was accused of causing a public nuisance, alongside Johnathan Thurston, both inside and outside the casino in the early hours of the morning.

Daly will find out later in the year if he has been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame alongside some of the greats of Australian football.

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Brett Finch backs himself to enter The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Brett Finch is urging everyone to back him into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after he was charged with sharing child abuse material.

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.

Finch has been charged with five counts of using a carriage service to transmit or publish or promote child abuse. He was arrested in late 2021 and his phone was seized. It was later revealed that he had been using a gay sex hotline to allegedly discuss and share exploitative material.

He is now a favourite to enter the hall of fame due to the seriousness and bizarre nature of his nomination, especially since Finch is ‘happily’ married and a father. Furthermore, it was revealed that he was set to coach a junior rugby league team just before the allegations of child abuse material surfaced.

The former NSW Origin player has been the public face of Ladbrokes sports gambling company for many years, and has urged Australians to ‘back yourself’ and engage in gambling, despite the fact that he previously spent time in rehabilitation.

In 2019, he was asleep with a bloody nose during a flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast and needed assistance getting off the plane. Witnesses at the time expressed concern for his mental health and described the strange nature of his behaviour. Eventually, ambulance officers were called to assist him and he later checked into rehab.

Finch also spent time as a commentator for Channel 9 and Fox Sports, and confessed to years of drug and alcohol addiction. On one occasion, he says he pretended to go to work alongside Ray Hadley at 2GB radio, but instead went to his dealer’s house and spent the day taking drugs. He was also stood down by Channel 9 in 2016.

This all occurred before he was invited to be the public face of Ladbrokes.

After these revelations, is Brett Finch still ‘a great bloke’ or a ‘loveable larrikin’?

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Wayne Carey earns a Wife Beater Tattoo.

Former AFL player Wayne Carey has been awarded a Wife Beater Tattoo after being found guilty of numerous charges of violence against women.

Carey was inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2015 for his famous extra-marital affair and other scandals, but earned the prestigious tattoo following physical abuse of various women. The tattoo also grants him access to The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

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.

Carey pleaded guilty to indecent assault after grabbing a woman’s breast on a Melbourne street in 1997, allegedly asking her “Why don’t you get a bigger pair of tits?”

The North Melbourne star escaped any serious punishment, then in 2007 his girlfriend at the time told police he had smashed a wine glass in her face, cutting her mouth and neck. When police attended the scene in Miami, Carey kicked a female police officer in the mouth. His girlfriend later dropped charges, but Carey was convicted for assaulting the officer.

The respected TV commentator wasn’t done though. Only a year later, police were called again, this time to his home in Port Melbourne after reports of domestic violence. When they arrived, he assaulted them and had to be subdued with capsicum spray. He was convicted and fined $2000 for assault and resisting police.

Furthermore, it was reported that the Kangaroos paid a $15,000 settlement to a woman he allegedly sexually harassed.

Carey will be inked immediately, and fans will see his Wife Beater Tattoo every time he appears on the commentary team or a reality TV show.

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What’s the difference between Haneen Zreika and Israel Folau?

AFLW player Haneen Zreika and former AFL player Israel Folau both attracted criticism for their public stance on same-sex relationships, but what is the difference between the two?

Zreika plays for Folau’s former club Greater Western Sydney Giants, and surrounded herself in controversy after refusing to wear a special rainbow jersey promoting the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. Folau was eventually kicked out of rugby union, which he played as well as rugby league, because he posted two social media messages which offended the LGBTQIA+ community.

Zreika refused to wear the pride jersey with her Giants teammates due to her strong Muslim faith, and was subsequently left out of the team for the game against Western Bulldogs. Zreika was the first Muslim AFLW player when she debuted in 2019. Folau offended the LGBT+ community due to homophobia grounded in his strong Christian beliefs, and essentially wrote that all homosexuals go to hell.

The role of religion.

Zreika and Folau justified their stance on religious grounds. Zreika said she had a responsibility to represent her faith and community and that she respects people regardless of their sexual orientation.

Does she?

The faith she represents declares homosexuality a sin. The doctrine of the Muslim faith, when applied in society, declares homosexuality a crime which can, in some cases, be punishable by death.

Is Zreika devout?

Zreika chose not to wear the pride jersey due to her devotion. However, she wears the typical AFLW uniform every week and this is far too revealing for a Muslim woman, displaying the limbs and the hair. If Zreika was devout, would she not cover up even when playing sport, as many women from Muslim countries do in many other sports?

Interestingly, she did actually play in the pride round, the week before the jersey was worn, and ran through the traditional AFL banner at the start of the game which celebrated the LGBT+ community, and read:

“Pride round: an inclusive game for all. Everyone is welcome.”

The pride jersey was delayed until the Giants played at home the following week. Thus, did Zreika object to the pride round, or just the jersey? How likely is it that she was criticised by the Muslim community for participating in pride round and felt pressured to make a stance the following week?

To what extent was the decision Zreika’s, and to what extent was the opinion of the Muslim community, and its powerful men, made known to Zreika?

We will probably never know.

Religion also motivated Folau’s comments. The cross-code star posted a message claiming that hell was God’s plan for homosexuals. This attracted enormous criticism from many people, but Folau defended the comments as being true to his strong Christian faith. He was also warned that if he posted another similar message, he would lose his contract with Rugby Australia. He did so, and lost his contract.

Zreika posted a message on social media saying:

“…people are able to respect their right to choose how they live their life as long as they don’t advocate hate and division.”

Folau’s post clearly created hate and division, and this is the major difference between him and Zreika. Throughout the entire ugly process, Folau claimed he should be free to express his views because they are based on his religious beliefs.

Zreika is a Muslim.

Various commentators have suggested that the only difference is that Zreika is a Muslim, and that is why she has not been criticised as strongly as Folau. These commentators suggest that Australians are too scared to criticise Muslims due to political correctness of for fear of being labelled Islamophobic. They also claim these same people have no problems attacking Christians like Folau.

You can’t please all the people all the time…

The governing body has made great efforts to embrace all members of Australian society. They are the first and only major sports code in Australia to host a pride round.

Why?

Out of a genuine respect for the LGBT+ community?

Because they’re chasing the pink dollar?

Because many AFLW players are lesbians? (Are any AFL players gay?)

Political correctness?

For whatever, the AFL is known to include the LGBT+ community. They also embrace the Muslim community, especially in Giants territory. The fact that Zreika plays for the Giants added another complication for the AFL. Western Sydney is home to the majority of Sydney’s Muslim community, and if they are going to support any AFL team, it is the Giants.

The game involving the rainbow jersey, however, was played at Henson Park in Sydney’s inner west, a region famous for embracing gender and sexual diversity.

Was the Zreika case inevitable? Was the AFL bound to find itself in an unwinnable situation by publicly courting two communities which are diametrically opposed? One can only imagine the stressful meetings which must have taken place within the Giants and the AFL who were both desperate to avoid offending either group, while supporting both.

Some AFL fans are Muslim.

Some AFL fans are homosexual.

Some AFL fans don’t like Muslims or homosexuals.

The AFL is trying to appease them all.

It’s not possible to support the LGBT+ community and the Muslim community while Muslims consider homosexuality a sin or a crime. The AFL thinks it can. That said, the AFL could be said to have taken a stand. Zreika was stood down for the game, which punished her and her teammates.

Zreika has the support and respect of her teammates.

Zreika consulted her teammates, spoke to them face to face, and discussed her actions with the Giants and the AFL. Folau posted a spontaneous, offensive and hurtful message on social media, without context. Zreika certainly went about her actions in a far more mature, civilised, intelligent and respectful manner than Folau.

While Zreika reportedly had the support of her teammates, Folau also did, at least after the fact. Many professional footballers, including Gary Ablett Jr, Tim Mannah, Brad Takairangi, Curtis Rona and Taniela Tupou ‘liked’ and endorsed his posts on social media.

It’s only sport

The case also highlights the enormous strain placed on sport in Australia. Sport is so vital to Australian culture that social causes and social conflicts often manifest in sport – which is ultimately supposed to be nothing more than healthy fun. Perhaps Australians are expecting too much of sport as a vehicle for social change.

Haneen Zreika and Israel Folau both offended the LGBTQIA+ community with actions grounded in their strong religious beliefs. Folau was nominated for The Fronwlow Medal, should Zreika also be nominated?

So, what if the difference between them?

Zreika can actually play Aussie Rules.

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Liam Jurrah earns a Wife Beater Tattoo.

Former AFL player Liam Jurrah is the latest professional footballer to earn a Wife Beater Tattoo after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-wife and partner.

The Frownlowm Medal Wife Beater Tattoo is awarded to every player who has been found guilty of assaulting women, and combines footballers’ love of tattoos and mistreating women.

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.

Jurrah was sentenced to prison in 2015 after pleading guilty to punching his former wife and threatening another woman with a broken bottle. The former Melbourne Demons player breached a domestic violence order (DVO) while visiting his ex-wife in Hermannsburg, NT, when the attack took place.

The court heard that he also assaulted another ex-partner a month later. The mother of his son was attacked in a town camp in Alice Springs, and also had a DVO out against Jurrah before the assault. The woman was threatened with a broken bottle and required stitches as a result of the attack.

Reports indicate that Jurrah had yelled at his baby’s mother to come home with him from the town camp, before climbing into her yard and punching her, and then chasing her in his car. He then refused to participate in separate recorded interviews with police.

Jurrah was sentenced to nine months jail, suspended for four months.

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Joel Romelo joins The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

Former NRL player Joel Romelo is the latest footballer to join The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club after pleading guilty to savagely assaulting his ex-partner.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club comprises footballers who have been found guilty of violence against women, and have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal or The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Every member is given a Wife Beater Tattoo to remind them of their mistreatment of women.

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.

The club contains winners of The Frownlow Medal, including Jarryd Hayne and Elijah Taylor. Hayne won the medal in 2021 after being found guilty of sexual assault and sent to prison, while Taylor was found guilty of domestic violence and kicked out of the AFL.

Romelo pleaded guilty to attacking his ex-girlfriend in 2019. The court heard that he broke her eye socket during a violent attack, and ripped chunks from her hair, as well as punching and choking her until she almost lost consciousness, because she refused to give him the passcode to her phone.

Many footballers have also been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame as a result of their crimes. Nick Stevens served time behind bars for viciously assaulting his former partner, and Craig Wells was also imprisoned for drugging and raping a teenage girl, after he had played for the Wallabies. Other members of this not-so-exclusive club are still playing in their respective codes, are still winning premierships, are still being selected in representative teams and are still being praised as role models to young people.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

NRL

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano

Ben Barba

Jake Friend

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake

Kirisome Auva’a

Jarryd Hayne

Jamil Hopoate

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Liam Jurrah

Rugby Union

Craig Wells

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