Jamil Hopoate wins a Wife Beater Tattoo.

Jamil Hopoate is the latest footballer to win The Frownlow Medal Wife Beater Tattoo after pleading guilty to assaulting his partner. Hopoate should be behind bars but avoided the sentence because he contracted COVID-19, and is now the only person in the world to celebrate catching the disease.

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 Wife Beater Tattoo combines two of the great loves of many professional footballers: tattoos and mistreating women.

The former NRL player and son of John Hopoate pleaded guilty to the assault of his partner, which occurred in front of a child, at the Panthers Port Macquarie club in December 2020, and was sentenced to a 12-month sentence to be served in the community by way of an intensive corrections order. He pleaded guilty to seven offences, including two counts of common assault – domestic violence related, one count of common assault, two counts of stalking/intimidation, as well as driving without a license and mid-range drinking driving.

During court proceedings, Jamil’s lawyer blamed his actions on the pressure of living up to the name of his father, who played representative NRL, but is more famous for countless on-field and off-field scandals. John was inducted into The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2016, and Jamil followed him in 2021.

Jamil’s brother, Will, also played NRL and avoided any form of controversy during a career in which he represented NSW. Will only drew attention to himself when he took time out of the game, at the height of his powers, to carry out a religious mission. Jamil and Will grew up under the same roof.

Jamil’s lawyer said:

“It’s a hard thing to be told he will not play and not achieve the same level as his father and his brother. This caused issues and he responded inappropriately.”

Does this justify assaulting a woman?

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Jamil Hopoate follows his father into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Jamil Hopoate has emulated his father John with induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Hopoate Jr joins five other distinguished footballers to earn a place in the hallowed halls in 2021 alongside some of the greats of Australian sport.

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.

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.

Hopoate earned his place after being nominated for the medal and the hall of fame in the same year. While still contracted to the Brisbane Broncos, he was charged with three counts of common assault, two counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, and mid-range drink driving, after an incident in Port Macquarie in late 2020. He later pleaded guilty to many of these charges.

But that’s not all.

In early 2021, Jamil allegedly got into a truck containing $155 million worth of cocaine, and sped through the streets of Sydney with the police in pursuit. He then allegedly jumped from the truck, dumped a backpack also containing cocaine and sprinted away from police in the suburb of Pagewood. He was eventually caught before he could ground the ball with downward pressure in the in-goal area.

He narrowly avoided prison after he contracted COVID-19, and after he was sacked by the Broncos, he became eligible for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Jamil’s father John already sits in the hall of fame for his infamous finger incident, as well as numerous other off-field scandals during and after his career. Jamil himself spent time in prison after assaulting two men outside a pub in Sydney in 2014, for which he was sacked by the Manly Sea Eagles. After pleading guilty to domestic violence, he earns the coveted Frownlow Wife Beater Tattoo.

Nathan Bock also has a Wife Beater Tattoo and this earned him his place in the hall of fame. The former Adelaide Crows defender and All Australian representative was charged with assault and property damage and accused of causing his girlfriend ‘considerable pain’ after slapping her and throwing a beer in her face. A court handed him a 12-month good behaviour bond and a $200 fine, while the Crows slapped him with an ‘indefinite’ suspension from the club – which lasted only one game.

Bock later apologised through a prepared statement while his lawyer, Stephen White, was reported as saying,

“…in the context, these are not serious assaults,” before adding,

“…he is very mindful that he is a role model to younger people.”

Charitable assault

Ben Rogers was inducted after assaulting someone in the name of charity. The former NRL player was found guilty of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm during a fight at a taxi rank involving two men and a woman.

The incident occurred outside Wests Leagues in Lambton while Rogers was playing for the Newcastle Knights, and erupted at the conclusion of the Down Town Ball, a charity function in support of Down Syndrome NSW, for which Rogers was the Hunter Region ambassador. Two men suffered facial injuries and one required stitches in hospital.

Rogers received a twelve-month good behaviour bond and a $1000 fine, and was stood down by the Knights.

Uncharitable assault

Former NRL player Gideon Gela-Mosby was charged with smashing a man’s skull and assaulting another man late one night in Cairns in November 2020.

The victims claim that the former Cowboys player approached them on the street and threw a surprise punch at one man, fracturing his skull. Gela-Mosby then allegedly punched the second man when he came to the aid of his friend. As a result, Gela-Mosby was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Gela-Mosby secured his place in the hall of fame with multiple driving offences. He committed his first offence in 2017 when he was caught driving without a licence. He then offended twice more in 2018, and on one occasion was caught driving to a bottle shop with an expired learner’s licence. He was fined multiple times and prevented from securing a driver’s licence.

The Alcoholic

NRL star Jason Smith confessed to years of drug and alcohol abuse and was charged with drug possession offences after ending a football career in which he represented Australia. His lawyer encouraged people to have a drink with him to help him through troubled times.

Encouraging people to have a drink with a recovering alcoholic may seem a little odd, but this is the exact advice given to the people of Toowoomba and Queensland by lawyer Chris Hannay, who represented Smith during his court hearings for possession of cocaine, and who believed it would help the Qld State of Origin hero to get his life back on track.

During the court proceedings and afterwards, Smith confessed to years of alcohol and drug abuse, and claims he considered suicide. He was also implicated in the drug supply ring which earned prison sentences for two other former NRL players and Frownlow nominees, Matt Seers and John Touma.

The News Maker

Former AFL player Jake Carlisle was filmed by A Current Affair snorting cocaine on the same day that he was traded from Essendon To St Kilda in 2015.

And they say all publicity is good publicity.

Carlisle received a two match suspension for his actions, but it didn’t damage his form too much, because he was already serving a suspension for his role in the Essendon performance enhancing drugs saga.

Carlisle’s appearance on A Current Affair does make one ponder…is “Footballer Snorts Cocaine” even a news story these days? Maybe only if they bite a dog at the same time.

St Kilda Club officials claimed he faced a much harsher penalty than a media grilling upon his arrival at St Kilda.

“…he’s got to front Nick Riewoldt and our leadership group,’ they explained.

The club extrapolated on the reaction of the leadership group.

“They’re absolutely filthy. They’ve done a lot of work to really be clear on what it is they want our club to stand for.”

To find out exactly what Australian football clubs stand for, go to www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/

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James Tedesco launches $Quid Games.

NRL player James Tedesco has called out professional footballers during the launch of his new reality TV show $Quid Games, which will feature Frownlow nominees whose scandals have cost them at least $10,000.

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.

Tedesco was inspired to create the show after his own recent controversy involving accusations of racial vilification and reference to the South Korean Netflix series Squid Game. The NSW captain was accused of calling out the name of the show at a woman of Asian descent after a night of heavy drinking with teammates. The incident resulted in a $10,000 fine and charges of drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Squid Game is based on a fictional reality TV show which is similar to the shows on which many footballers appear after an off-field scandal destroys their public image. For this reason, Tedesco was motivated to provide yet another opportunity his colleagues to rescue their personal brand.

“It’s like ‘quid’ you know, like the word for money,” he explained during the launch.

“It’s called quid, with a dollar sign, because any player who wants to go on the show has to have committed a scandal for which they were fined at least $10,000, and have at least one nomination for The Frownlow Medal. So, like, it has to be pretty serious, more than just public urination or getting caught with ecstasy.”

The Sydney Roosters star went on to explain that players who have not been fined a minimum of $10,000 could still join other Frownlow nominees in a quinella, trifecta, quadie or ‘$Quid Game Multi’ and combine their fines for a chance to be included in the show.

Once selected, players will be supplied with copious amounts of alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, sports gambling accounts, smart phones, internet, toilet cubicles, social media accounts, motor vehicles and access to the opposite sex, and be prompted to commit as many disgraceful acts as possible each episode. Fans will then vote for the role model who has committed the greatest scandal, and that player will be crowned the winner.

What does the winner receive?

The most prestigious prize in Australian sport: The Frownlow Medal.

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Cameron Munster enters Role Model Rehab.

NRL player Cameron Munster has entered Role Model Rehab after earning a nomination for The Fronwlow Medal for appearing in a leaked video in the presence of cocaine.

Munster follows a well-trodden path of footballing role models who have undertaken formal rehabilitation for abuse of drugs or alcohol, and he has promised to avoid consuming alcohol for 12 months. He has also promised to be a better role model.

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.

Munster appeared shirtless and dancing on a table beside a quantity of cocaine in the leaked video, alongside Storm teammates Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis, plus other men. Following negative press from the video, Munster was given a suspended $100,000 fine, suspended for one match and forced to attend rehab. He has also been told to avoid alcohol for a year.

The Queensland Origin star was also dropped from the Storm leadership group, which comprises fellow Frownlow nominees Jesse Bromwich (aka Captain Cocaine) and Christian Welch.

Munster told the media:

“I want the kids out there to know that my behaviour was not OK. I owe it to you to be a better role model, and I’ll strive to do that in future.”

Included in Munster’s punishment is a requirement to provide coaching and education for young men and women entering the elite sporting system, because he is such as great role model.

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A Burgess Brothers Take-Over.

The Burgess brothers of the NRL have staged a take-over of The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame after Luke earned a nomination for a drunken bar fight in Arizona. Luke now joins younger brothers Sam and George as nominees for the prestigious award in 2021.

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.

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.

Luke and teammate John Sutton were handcuffed outside a bar in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2015 during a South Sydney pre-season training camp. They were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. They were forced to sit on the kerb after it was alleged that the bouncer has asked Sutton to leave and Burgess intervened and pushed the bouncer to the ground, drawing blood.

The police report claimed Sutton and Burgess were intoxicated, rude and aggressive towards the bouncer before the fight, and told bar staff to ‘come outside’ upon being asked to leave. The bouncer later dropped charges against the pair after an ‘agreement’ was reached.

Luke has retired from the NRL after playing with the Rabbitohs and Manly, and is now a ride-share driver with DiDi.

This marks the first time three brothers have been nominated for Frownlow honours in the same year. The Silvagni brothers of the AFL earned nominations in 2019 and Matthew and Andrew Johns have both been nominated.

Earlier this year, George was nominated for numerous scandals.

He took two nude selfies in 2013 and they somehow made their way onto the gay porn site and were also circulated on Twitter. No one was able to explain how they ended up on the site, and no action was taken against Burgess by either the NRL or the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

In the same year, he was given a two-match suspension and a $10,000 fine after he was charged by Queensland police with throwing a street sign through a car window in Redlynch near Cairns. He was charged with two counts of wilful damage to a car and was ordered to undertake an anger management program and 50 hours of community work.

To strengthen his bid for a place in the hall of fame, he then got himself involved in a road rage incident in 2021, just weeks after signing a deal with the Dragons to return to the NRL. It is alleged that Burgess left his vehicle after he said he was being filmed by another driver, had an argument, and threw the man’s phone on the ground. He was charged with malicious damage.

Meanwhile, Sam is a perennial Frownlow favourite, having earned nominations for either the medal or the hall of fame in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, for incidents including driving offences, social media scandals and allegations of domestic violence.

Earlier this year he was caught driving without a valid NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle, and allegedly failed a drug test. Some media outlets claim he tested positive for cocaine, and was on his way to pick up his children. Sam is already in the hall of fame.

Three of the four Burgess brothers are now in contention for a prized position in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The only question is, will brother Tom join them?

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The pressure that led Curtis Scott to drink.

Former NRL player Curtis Scott claims the pressure of being a multiple Frownlow nominee led him to abuse alcohol. His alcohol abuse and off-field behaviour recently caused the Canberra Raiders to terminate his contract, and have improved his chances of winning 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Scott was recently quoted as saying:

“I’ve been to the lowest of the lows…you can’t get any lower. It was as dark as it gets…I’d had enough of feeling sh*t,”

“The reason I did drink was to try to escape the living hell. The pressure and the outside noise. I turned to alcohol to give myself a break and escape my problems.”

Experts believed he was referring to the pressure of being a professional footballer. The pressure of playing a game he loves for a living, the pressure of being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year at such a young age, and the pressure of being adored by fans all over the country, including beautiful young women.

However, Scott conceded that he suffered through the stress of being nominated for the highest honour in Australian sport on more than one occasion.

Scott did not play in the NRL from Round 12, 2021, after an incident at a Canberra nightclub saw him charged with assault. He was later sanctioned with a $15,000 fine and three-game ban. This follows an incident in 2020. On Australia Day that year he was found drunk and barely conscious at Moore Park in Sydney and had an altercation with police.

“People have no idea what it’s like to be a Frownlow nominee,” he said.

“The pressure is unbearable. Some of the best footballers in history have been nominated, and we have to live up to their reputation, which is why I abused alcohol so much. Plus, there’s the pressure of being a role model to young kids and the stress of thinking of an incident that’s so bad it wins the medal.”

“Once you get nominated, you feel pressure to get nominated the next year and the next. I mean, look at your Corey Normans, your Julian O’Neills, Brendan Fevolas and Ben Cousins’, all those legends, they just get nominated again and again, that’s what ya gotta live up to as a Frownlow nominee.”

“I even tried to get a patriotic nomination, that was my first one. I got drunk and did something stupid on Australia Day, how Aussie is that – but nah, it wasn’t enough to win the medal that year and I had to get in a pub fight this year to even be in the running for the medal.”

Scott also claimed that he moved from his native Sydney to Melbourne, then to Canberra, to escape distractions and factors that could get him into trouble off the field. He couldn’t, ultimately, escape the expectation that comes with being a Frownlow nominee.

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Michael Jennings earns his fifth Frownlow nomination.

Former NRL player Michael Jennings has collected his fifth Frownlow nomination after his ex-wife accused him of rape. Jennings has now been nominated in five of the last six years and could finally win induction into 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.

Jennings is locked in a dramatic battle involving himself, his ex-wife and current girlfriend, as well as the media. He is defending civil proceedings in the NSW District Court as his ex-wife is seeking damages for personal injuries, and made allegations that he repeatedly raped her during their relationship. She claims the former premiership winner raped her five or six times and subjected her to emotional and verbal abuse. Jennings has denied the allegations and has never been charged by police.

Media networks jumped on the story after learning that the former NRL star’s new partner made potentially defamatory statements on social media. His current girlfriend is accused of posting defamatory comments about Jennings’ ex-wife.

A soap opera court case is appropriate for a player who surrounded himself with drama throughout his career. Despite representing NSW, Australia and Tonga, Jennings will also be remembered for numerous incidents which saw him earn Frownlow nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He was eventually kicked out of the NRL in 2020 for taking performance enhancing drugs, and littered his career with incidents including repeated alcohol abuse, offensive behaviour, kicking a boom gate, liking Israel Folau’s homophobic posts and confessing to taking illicit drugs.

Will 2021 see Jennings finally win the accoldaes he deserves?

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Have a beer with an alcoholic.

Rugby League fans are being urged to share a beer with Queensland footy hero Jason Smith in order to celebrate his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for offences related to the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Smith confessed to years of drug and alcohol abuse and was charged with drug possession offences after ending his football career, during which he represented Australia.

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 and AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.

Encouraging people to have a drink with a recovering alcoholic may seem a little odd, but this is the exact advice given to the people of Toowoomba and Queensland by lawyer Chris Hannay, who represented Smith during his court hearings for possession of cocaine, and who believed it would help the State of Origin hero to get his life back on track.

During the court proceedings and afterwards, Smith confessed to years of alcohol and drug abuse and claims he considered suicide. He was also implicated in the drug supply ring which earned prison sentences for two other former NRL players and Frownlow nominees, Matt Seers and John Touma.

Fans of Smith can enjoy a few quiet ones while they wait to find out if their hero has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Canterbury Bulldogs refuse to help Adam Elliott.

The Canterbury Bulldogs club is hindering Adam Elliott‘s chances of winning The Frownlow Medal after promising the player assistance for issues with alcohol.

Alcohol abuse is behind most of the nominations for The Frownlow Medal, including Elliott’s first nomination. In 2018, he was caught on camera drunk and naked dancing on a table at a public bar during the Bulldogs’ Mad Monday celebrations. Images of Elliott and a number of teammates were splashed across the front page of numerous newspapers and all of the players were punished by the NRL and nominated for Frownlow honours.

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.

Elliott narrowly missed another nomination last month when he was involved in a love triangle with former teammate Michael Lichaa. The NRL decided Elliott had no case to answer and he remains out of contention for the Frownlow this year.

Without abusing alcohol, how is Elliott supposed to win The Frownlow Medal?

There are other ways. He could sexually or physically assault a woman. He could urinate into his own mouth or onto a police car. He could simulate sex with a dog, take illicit drugs, slap a taxi driver or poo in a shoe – but he is unlikely to do any of this if he is not drunk.

The NRL is determined to win back the award in 2021 after the AFL stole it in 2020. Have the Bulldogs harmed the chances of the NRL reclaiming what they believe is rightly theirs?

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Sam Burgess shows what it takes to win The Frownlow Medal.

Former NRL player Sam Burgess and his South Sydney club have gone to extraordinary lengths to earn a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The champion forward was featured in a shocking media expose which carried allegations of domestic violence, intimidation, drug abuse, adultery and a massive cover up on behalf of the Rabbitohs.

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 player Ben Barba 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.

Burgess is currently facing a charge of intimidation (DV related) against his father in law, which prompted police to take out an apprehended violence order against the star forward.

The lengthy expose in The Australian newspaper alleges that Burgess:

  • Physically assaulted his heavily pregnant wife
  • Abused illicit drugs
  • Went on multi-day drug and alcohol-fuelled benders, including when his pregnant wife was admitted to hospital.
  • Intimidated and verbally abused his wife
  • Threatened his wife
  • Abused prescription medication
  • Committed adultery with a young woman, while his wife was pregnant, and threatened the woman to stay silent.
  • Submitted a blood test for drugs under a false name

The newspaper report also suggests that the current Rabbitohs assistant coach may have been protected by the NRL when he was involved in a sexting scandal in 2018 during the NRL finals series. He was cleared of any wrong doing at the time.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs club has been accused of not only covering up the allegations against Burgess, but of appointing him captain. The report claims that a doctor injected Burgess with liquid tranquilliser then put the father-in-law’s name on the prescription, and that another doctor conducted a secret drug test in an underground car park at the famous South Sydney Juniors club.

The scandalous behaviour is a major step up from Burgess’ previous Frownlow nominations. In 2016, 2018 and 2019, he was nominated for misuse of social media, which included taking a photo of himself while driving and posting it on his own social media account. This hardly compares to the actions of previous inductees and demonstrates more cluelessness than malice. His current nomination, however, places him in a very strong position for induction into the hall of fame.

Also fighting for induction are former AFL players David Dench, Heath Scotland, Justin Murphy and Aaron Lord, plus ex-NRL players Wes Naiqama and Daniel Conn, as well as the head coach at the Rabbitohs, Wayne Bennett.

Naiqama and Murphy join Burgess in an attempt to join the Frownlow Wife Beaters Club.

Murphy was first sentenced to prison for six months in 2017, after it was discovered that he had abused his then girlfriend both physically and financially. In one of the more severe incidents, Murphy held the woman down and attacked her with a blowtorch. Her injuries were so severe that she was forced to have a finger amputated. He then returned to the woman’s house a year later, got naked and ignited the same blow torch, threatening to burn his ex and her house.

The former Geelong, Carlton, Essendon and Richmond player also managed to withdraw money from her bank account without her permission, and she was forced to move house on numerous occasions so that Murphy would not find her, even after he was released from his first stint behind bars. He then served another 59-day sentence for what was described as a sustained campaign of terror against his ex-partner.

Naiqama is suspected of acts of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, the singer Paulini. It is believed that the alleged violence is the underlying theme in Paulini’s song ‘Scarless’.

Conn recently pleaded guilty to destroying property, intimidation and breaching an AVO after throwing a rock through a window of the Hustle Boxing gym in Potts Point last year and for returning to his former workplace despite being told to leave.

The former Roosters, Bulldogs and Raiders backrower was also found guilty of faking painkiller prescriptions. In 2008, Conn presented a false prescription for Valium and Tramal at a Gold Coast pharmacy. During the subsequent investigation police discovered that he had used another false prescription the previous year. Conn refused to be interviewed by police and was fined $5000 and ordered to do community service.

Conn also appeared on reality TV…twice.

Dench spent four months in jail in 2008 as punishment for his role in a scheme to defraud Victoria University out of millions of dollars. The former North Melbourne fullback and captain was charged specifically with nine counts of obtaining property by deception and aiding and abetting the receipt of a secret commission.

Scotland was involved in a brawl which left one man unconscious at the Mulwala Ski Club near Yarrawonga. As a result, he was formally charged with common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and violent disorder. The ex-midfielder was given a two year good behaviour bond without conviction.He also avoided conviction for an assault charge in 2005.

Lord pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception. He claimed that he had earned no money during the time in question, but he had actually earned more than $170,000. In total, he made 73 false claims to Centrelink. Lord also admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol as his life descended into chaos and his marriage broke down. He also lost his house during these turbulent times and was handed an 18 month community corrections order and forced to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, as well as undertaking alcohol and mental health treatment.

Bennett, meanwile, breached the COVID-19 bubble by eating out at a restaurant in Sydney.

The police and the NRL are both conducting their own investigations into the Burgess matter, and their findings will determine if the Englishman has done enough to earn induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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