Why Taylan May believes he did nothing wrong.

Taylan May did it for the boys. He did it for the club, and for the great game of rugby league. That’s why he believes he escaped punishment from the NRL for an alleged assault in Queensland in 2021.

May has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after allegedly dragging a man to the ground at a Sunshine Coast nightclub while celebrating Penrith’s grand final win, and has received a nomination 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.

May is adamant he did nothing wrong, and is not afraid of punishment from the courts, because he did what he did to protect captain Nathan Cleary from hecklers.

“I stuck up for Cleary. I don’t think I was in the wrong,” he told the media.

“Anyone in my position, if they’re a good friend, they would have done what I did.”

He also did it for the team. Winning Frownlow honours is the greatest achievement for any Australia-based football team. Plenty of Panthers players have been inducted into The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame, including Craig Gower, but none of the medallists has played for Penrith. May’s own brother, Tyrone, played for the Panthers and came close to winning in 2021. He pleaded guilty to four counts of recording intimate images without consent. He was sentenced to 300 hours of community work and narrowly avoided jail time. Another offence saw him lose his contract.

Taylan’s actions earned praise from his coach Ivan Cleary.

“He’ll always put others above himself,” Cleary said to the media.

“Growing up it’s probably got him into a bit of trouble, but that’s why we love him, he’s constantly putting the team first and putting his brothers ahead of him.”

“He’s definitely not a selfish guy.”

He also did it for rugby league.

The NRL took no action against the rookie, suggesting they are trying to protect The Frownlow Medal, which they have won every year except 2020, when it went to AFL player Elijah Taylor. Punishing May would keep him on the sidelines and thus less able to remind Frownlow judges that a rugby league player deserves to win the medal yet again.

“I didn’t want the situation to escalate. (My teammates) are big names, I’m a nobody . . . the security were on my side. The situation for me, it doesn’t really faze me. I’ve put it behind me and just focused on the game,” May explained.

Has May done enough to keep The Frownlow Medal in the hands of the NRL for another year?

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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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Tui Kamikamica nominated for The Fronwlow Medal.

NRL player Tui Kamikamica has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being charged with an alleged incident involving a woman.

The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Kamikamica has been stood down by the Melbourne Storm after police charged the front rower over an alleged incident involving a woman outside a hotel in Brisbane recently. He has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm following the alleged incident in Fortitude Valley, and is accused of assaulting a 30-year-old woman.

The NRL Integrity Unit and police are investigating the incident, and Kamikamica’s fate will be known at the completion of the investigations.

Kamikamica may have timed the alleged incident perfectly, as is it only a matter of weeks before judges award The Frownlow Medal for 2021, and his deeds are sure to be fresh in their thoughts.

Even if he doesn’t win the coveted medal, he is guaranteed an invitation to Australian sport’s night of nights, the award ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Gideon Gela Mosby smashes a man’s skull for a shot at The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Gideon Gela-Mosby has earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with smashing a man’s skull and assaulting another man. Gela-Mosby is accused of punching the men late one night in Cairns in November 2020.

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.

The victims claim that the former Cowboys player approached the two men 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 strengthened his bid for a 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.

Assault has earned many footballers a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, so will it prove a golden ticket for Gela-Mosby?

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Scott Morrison demands Jarryd Hayne be awarded The Frownlow Medal.

EXCLUSIVE: The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has exercised his executive powers to demand that fellow Hillsong member Jarryd Hayne win The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Mr Morrison is believed to have instructed Frownlow judges to award the medal to the ex-NRL player who faces charges of sexually assaulting a young woman on grand final night in 2019.

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 prime minister vehemently denies making the phone call, however.

“The prime minister did not threaten judges of The Frownlow Medal,” read a statement from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. “The prime minister reserves threatening phone calls for female premiers, female colleagues, female staffers, female reporters and female opponents. Furthermore, Rupert Murdoch has no interest in Jarryd Hayne or The Frownlow Medal, and did not issue any instructions to Mr Morrison on the matter.”

Mr Morrison himself did issue a brief statement in response to the revelations.

“Jarryd’s a good Christian boy, and he deserves to win the Frownlow more than any other alleged rapists (including Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor). Frankly, I don’t see why he didn’t win the medal in 2019 or 2020”

Mr Morrison is forgetting that Hayne’s court case is ongoing and the former Origin star has not been found guilty or innocent.

Hayne and Morrison share an association with the Pentecostal megachurch in Sydney which combines rock music with morality and Christian virtues. Hayne successfully had his bail conditions changed in 2019 so that he could attend Christian missionary college in Perth, while awaiting trial on the rape charges. The former Australian representative often speaks publicly about the importance of his faith.

Another ex-NRL player, Wes Naiqama, is also a member of Hillsong, and has already been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for various off-field indiscretions. Hayne, meanwhile, was nominated for Frownlow honours in 2016 and 2017, as well as 2019, 20 and 21.

Judges of Australia’s most prestigious sporting honour have assured fans that they remain impartial and objective and will not be pressured by anyone, not even the prime minister. They also reminded Jarryd that the winner will be announced at the end of the year, so he and Scott have plenty of time to pray for victory.

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Jamil Hopoate starts 2021 with a bang.

NRL player Jamil Hopoate has already fulfilled a new year’s resolution after being nominated for The Frownlow Medal for alleged domestic violence and drink driving.

Hopoate 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.The Brisbane Broncos player has been granted conditional bail and will face court in late January.

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.

Hopoate continues a fine family tradition in The Frownlow Medal. His 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.

Jamil is currently off contract so The Frownlow Medal might be the only victory he celebrates this year. He can add the medal to the wooden spoon he won with the Broncos in 2021, and if he is found guilty of domestic violence, he will win the coveted Wife Beater tattoo.

Domestic violence charges and drink driving would normally earn a player favouritism for The Frownlow Medal, but not in 2021. Fellow NRL players Jack de Belin, Jarryd Hayne and Tristan Sailor have all been accused of sexual assault, while Manase Fainu faces charges of stabbing a man.

The fight for The Frownlow Medal in 2021 looks like being one of the toughest in history.

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