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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Steven Lawrence has the integrity of a property developer.

Former AFL player Steven Lawrence prepared for a career as a property developer during a football career plagued with alcohol abuse, fights and drink driving, which earned him a nomination for 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 player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Lawrence pleaded gulity to assault during a fight in a St Kilda pub on the eve of the grand final in 2007, and was subsequently ordered to pay a fine of $5000. His lawyer told the court that Lawrence swung his fist at the victim’s head, causing the victim to fall to the ground unconscious. When translated into language accessible to the average footy player, that means – he punched a guy in the head and knocked him out.

It was alleged that the fight broke out when Lawrence pushed a pool cue close to a woman’s face, and her boyfriend retaliated. Reports indicate that Lawrence left the scene and refused to comment during a police interview when he was shown footage of the incident.

Lawrence had already landed himself in trouble in his fledgling career. While playing for Brisbane in 2000, he injured a finger after smashing a glass door panel at a teammate’s 21st party, and was fined by the Lions.

The former St Kilda and Brisbane player also attracted criticism from other AFL players, who claimed that his heavy drinking and partying made him a bad influence on other players. It takes a lot of effort to be a bad influence on an AFL player. Lawrence was eventually sacked by St Kilda after he was caught drink driving. His car rammed into a telegraph pole and he ended up in hospital with a damaged vertebrae.

After a career full of off-field incidents, Lawrence was advised to enter rehabilitation for his alcohol abuse, but his lawyer claimed he intended to enter property development.

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Alfie raises a glass to celebrate his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Allan Langer has promised to share a coldie with every single Frownlow nominee after learning of his own nomination for the highly prestigious Hall of Fame. Alfie decided this was the best way to celebrate the nomination, which he earned for incidents related to the abuse of alcohol and for breaking COVID-19 bio security protocols while working with the Brisbane Broncos.

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. Rugby league player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while fellow 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.

Nominees are invited to Alfie’s Bar at the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club, in Queensland, to reminisce on Langer’s drink driving charge in 2010. Guests will be regaled with tales of the alcohol consumption which put him three times over the legal limit before he got behind the wheel of his car.

Guests will hear how Langer was suspended from his coaching role at the Broncos as a result of the incident and how he was back coaching one week later. The plucky little halfback will then revel in the irony of being brand ambassador for Lion Nathan brewery at the time of his drink driving charge.

After a few more bevvies, the boys might even be lucky enough to witness a re-enactment of Langer’s famous underpants dance in a pub, which was captured on film. Nominees can then compare this performance with Langer’s current on-screen performances behind every ruck of every NRL game involving the Broncos and Queensland.

Of course, this grand event will have to wait until Langer finishes his two week COVID HOLD, handed down after he broke the NRL’s strict bio-security protocols by visiting…a pub.

At the end of the evening, nominees can call ‘shotgun’ as Alfie drives them all home in his Bar’s own courtesy bus.

To view the star-studded guest list for Alfie’s gathering, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/

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Waiting for your Centrelink payment? Aaron Lord has it.

Former AFL player Aaron Lord is holding your Centrelink payment, and for this reason he has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The former Hawthorn and Geelong player narrowly avoided a prison sentence after being found guilty of scamming $60,000 from Centrelink, and he confessed to abusing drugs and alcohol during his post-football 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 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.

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. Perhaps all of the knocks on the head he took as a football player made him forget – then again, he’s not a rugby player so that excuse doesn’t hold up.

As well as ripping off the Aussie taxpayer, Lord 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.

Lord was handed an 18 month community corrections order and forced to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, and was ordered to undertake alcohol and mental health treatment.

It was reported that Lord had later found full-time employment in the travel industry, and one has to wonder whether the current travel restrictions and job losses in travel and tourism have forced him to apply for financial assistance from Centrelink.

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