Brandon Smith puts bros before hoes.

Roosters players will be pleased to know that their new recruit Brandon Smith will always put them before their WAGs. Smith recently landed himself in controversy after admitting that he lied to police in order to protect a former teammate accused of violence against women, and he has earned his second nomination for The Fronwlow 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.

Smith admitted to lying to police about a witness statement he signed in regards to accusations of domestic violence against former Melbourne Storm teammate Curtis Scott. Scott is currently facing court for multiple charges of abusing his former girlfriend, and has also been nominated for Frownlow honours on numerous occasions.

Scott was arrested after allegations of physical and verbal abuse of his former partner during a two-year relationship. The charges include four counts of common assault, stalk or intimidate with the intention of causing fear or physical harm, intentionally choke a person without consent, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentionally choke a person with recklessness. He has pleaded not guilty.

During the police investigation, Smith said he thought some questions on the statement were “anti-Curtis”, and that he was pressured into signing a statement by his own girlfriend, saying:

“Savannah’s obviously on Tay’s side,” he said. “I feel like they were constantly talking and trying to get me to sign (the statement),” he said.

The police prosecutor also supported the notion that Smith puts bros before hoes.

“He doesn’t want to be seen as a person who goes against his teammates,” she said.

“His reputation could be quite damaged in a team environment for ‘dogging’ on a teammate.”

The prosecutor also asked the hooker/backrower if as an NRL player his role was to be an “upstanding member of the community”.

The number of NRL players who have been nominated for Frownlow honours since 2015 would suggest this is not the case.

Smith was also among his bros when he earned his first Fronwlow nomination in 2021, after being filmed partying a little too hard at the end of the Storm’s season.

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Chris Sandow just wants to be a role model.

Former NRL player Chris Sandow is so desperate to be a good role model that he got himself arrested and earned his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Sandow is in custody after being charged with a string of offences including assaulting a police officer, and is arguing that the behaviour stemmed from a career in rugby league which makes him a role model for children.

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 former halfback has been refused bail, for a second time, after being charged with serious assault of a police officer causing bodily harm, serious assault of a police officer or person acting in aid of a police officer, two counts of obstructing police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of driving without a licence, and evasion. He was arrested at his home in Ipswich in late August and has been in custody since.

In an effort to be relased from custody, his lawyer tried every excuse that a rugby league player can think of.

He told the judge Sandow had a distinguished NRL career.

He blamed the behaviour on repeated head knocks during Sandow’s time with the Rabbitohs and Eels.

He argued that Sandow is determined to be a good role model to children.

He claimed Sandow wanted to re-engage with his culture.

He reminded the judge that Sandow is a very talented footballer.

The judge was not convinced.

Perhaps because Sandow has already been nominated for Frownlow honours. In 2016, he was involved in a drunken street brawl in his home town of Cherbourg in Queensland.

Sandow now has until the end of the year to convince the judges of The Fronwlow Medal that he deserves to be inducted into the hall of fame.

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Why Wayne Carey’s powder scandal is not a big deal.

Wayne Carey‘s white powder scandal is nothing compared to the scandals which earned him his previous nominations for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Carey was recently caught with a zip lock bag of white powder at Crown Casino in Perth and was escorted from the premises. He has stood down from his commetary role at Channel 7, saying the substance is not illegal.

Then again, what is illegal in a gambling house?

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 North Melbourne legend was kicked out of the casino after the bag of white powder fell out of his pocket. He said that he offered the powder to security, but they didn’t take it, and claimed the powder was crushed anti-inflammatories which he takes with dinner.

“I need to take anti-inflammatories every day to treat my inflamed ego,” he explained.

The scandal has prompted Carey to step aside from his commentary role in the middle of AFL finals. However, the reality is that the powder scandal is minor compared to his other scandals.

He is most famous for sleeping with his teammate’s wife while playing for the Kangaroos – but that is not the worst.

He assaulted police officers while resisting arrest in 2008 – but that is not the worst.

He appeared on SAS Australia – but that is not the worst.

He was charged with indecent assault of a woman in 1996 – but even that is not the worst.

No, the worst scandal was his arrest for breaking a wine glass in the face of an ex-fiance in Miami in 2007.

That is the scandal that should have banished him from commentary long ago, and is the scandal which earned him a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Fronwlow Medal.

The white powder incident has seen Carey banned from Crown Casinos for two years, so he cannot attend the Brownlow Medal count to be held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The good news is that he can attend the awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year, where he will be supplied with all of the anti-inflammatories that he and his ego need.

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Carey has been involved in a series of controversies in his personal life including a charge of the indecent assault of a woman in 1996, having an affair with teammate Anthony Stevens’ wife, an arrest for breaking a wine glass in an ex-fiancee’s face in Miami in 2007, and assaulting officers while resisting arrest in 2008.

He is a commentator for Seven and writer for The Age.

Taylan May be a coward.

NRL player Taylan May might be a coward, or he may have acted in a cowardly manner when he earned his nomination for The Fronwlow 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.

If May is a coward, it means he does this type of thing on a regular basis, and that it is an integral part of his character. However, if he is cowardly, it means he acted this way on one occasion. This is an important distinction to make because it has a huge bearing on whether or not he wins The Fronwlow Medal this year.

The Penrith winger was nominated early in 2022, and was recently found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm. His actions were labelled “reprehensible” and “cowardly” and he was ordered him to pay $1000 in compensation to the victim and a $1000 fine. He did not have a conviction recorded against him.

May was not stood down by the Panthers following the incident or during the court proceedings, and it is not known whether he will miss any games during the finals series. He has been rested for the upcoming game, which is the last of the regular season.

May was found guilty of assaulting a young fan while celebrating the 2021 grand final win in Queensland. He reportedly reacted to a young fan who had filmed teammate Nathan Cleary. Cleary wanted the video deleted and during the argument May grabbed the man by the collar of his shirt and pulled him to the ground. The man struck his head on the floor during the altercation and suffered a sprained neck.

Somewhat ironically, May was in the presence of his brother Tyrone, who was kicked out of the NRL after being found guilty of distributing a sex tape without the woman’s permission, and earned his own Frownlow nomination. It seems private videos on mobile phones are still a touchy subject for the May brothers.

Taylan himself might want to clarify the wording of his actions, because the last thing a rugby league player can afford to be is a coward.

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Manase Fainu can finally celebrate.

The wait is over for former NRL player Manase Fainu. He can now celebrate his favouritism for The Fronwlow Medal after being found guilty of stabbing a man.

Fainu has waited patiently for his court case to conclude after being charged with stabbing a man outside a Mormon church dance in October 2019. The serious charge earned him nominations for Australian sport’s highest honour in 2019, 2020 and 2021, but the case was delayed due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

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 former Manly hooker was found guilty of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. During court proceedings, the jury heard that he used a steak knife to stab church youth leader Faamanu Levi, after the pair became involved in an altercation during a church event, and Levi suffered a punctured lung and internal bleeding.

Fainu argued that he couldn’t have committed the crime because he was wearing a sling due to shoulder surgery, but it was the sling which apparently helped eye witnesses identify him as the perpetrator.

Fainu seems to have thrown away his NRL career, and the best years of his life, and will have to console himself with his favouritism for The Fronwlow Medal. That said, victory is not guaranteed. 5 months is a long time in football, and players are capable of all sorts of off-field scandals. Let’s not forget, Jarryd Hayne won in 2021 for rape, and Elijah Taylor in 2020 for domestic violence.

As an aside, one has to wonder. If Fainu had still been playing for Manly, would he have worn the pride jersey?

The talented rookie may appeal the decision so that he can attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frowlnow Medal Hall of Fame in person.

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Leigh Matthews Breaks All the Rules.

Legendary AFL player and coach Leigh Matthews has forced the judges of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to break with years of tradition and nominate him for an incident which occurred on the field of play.

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.

Football heroes typically receive nominations for drunken brawls, public urination, assault, domestic violence, social media mishaps, imprisonment, drug offences or drink driving- all of which occur off the field of play.

Matthews earned his nomination, however, because the punch which broke the jaw of Geelong’s Neville Bruns in 1985 was deemed so severe that he was charged with ‘assault causing grievous bodily harm’.

The punch and the police charge saw Matthews de-registered from Hawthorn for four matches and earned him the nickname ‘Lethal’.

Matthews went on to forge a hugely successful career as a coach with Collingwood and Brisbane in the AFL and won premierships with both teams. He was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame but he is yet to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Kerem Bulut gets supersized.

Former A-League player Kerem Bulut always wants more.

More action, more excitement, more adrenaline and more fries.

And more chances to be inducted into The Fronwlow 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.

Bulut received his first Frownlow nomination for a variety of offences, and his second for demanding more fries.

The former Western Sydney Wanderers player was charged with intimidation in 2021 at Auburn McDonald’s in Sydney’s west. Sources claim Bulut and his friends argued with a staff member after Bulut tried to order more fries before the staff member could attempt to upsize him. The argument attracted police and Bulut was eventually granted conditional bail.

McDonald’s was a sponsor of the Wanderers at the time.

Bulut earned his first Frownlow nomination after being charged with assault, larceny and drug offences. He spent seven months in prison while awaiting trial for the for alleged assault of a man early in 2021. He was granted bail and forced to attend a drug rehabilitation program, as well as being told to report to police daily, avoid consuming drugs and alcohol, and to avoid any contact with the alleged victim.

The allegations stem from an alleged altercation with a man known to Bulut, who claims the former Young Socceroo assaulted him in an apartment in Sydney due to a dispute over $500. It is alleged that Bulut snatched the money from the man, and that seven months later the man demanded the money back, prompting the alleged assault.

It’s certainly a strange incident, but not the strangest incident which has resulted in a Fronwlow nomination. It’s also not known whether the alleged victim was eating, or in possession of, fries at the time.

The courts will also determine whether Bulut is guilty of assaulting a cellmate at Silverwater Prison while on remand in March 2021. The alleged victim was taken to hospital with a broken eye socket and bruising to his head.

While surrounding himself in controversy, the national junior representative also surrounded himself in glory. He scored seven goals in six games to win the Golden Boot at the 2010 AFC U/19 Championships, and he played for Australia at the 2011 FIFA U/20 World Cup. Unfortunately, his love of French Fries and his friends destroyed his international football career. He and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood Militants clashed with the police as far back as 2010, when Bulut was arrested for alleged offences including malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm; robbery in company; participate in criminal group; assist criminal activity, affray and intimidation of court witnesses.

Police alleged the victims were attacked with knives in a carpark in Auburn and suffered wounds to the head, torso and leg, and that this attack was part of an ongoing feud involving incidents in the Sydney CBD and Bondi Beach. The police case against Bulut was ultimately withdrawn as the witnesses were unwilling to give evidence in court. Seems like Bulut got his fries after all.

Strengthening Bulut’s bid for induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame is the four year ban he received from Turkish football after testing positive for cocaine while playing for Menemen Belediye in 2018.

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Kerem Bulut is out of prison and into Frownlow contention.

Former A-League player Kerem Bulut can now attend the Frownlow awards night later this year after being released from prison.

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 ex-Wanderers player has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with assault, larceny and drug offences. He spent seven months in prison while awaiting trial for the for alleged assault of a man early in 2021. He was granted bail and forced to attend a drug rehabilitation program, as well as being told to report to police daily, avoid consuming drugs and alcohol, and to avoid any contact with the alleged victim.

The allegations stem from an alleged altercation with a man known to Bulut, who claims the former Young Socceroo assaulted him in an apartment in Sydney due to a dispute over $500. It is alleged that Bulut snatched the money from the man, and that seven months later the man demanded the money back, prompting the alleged assault.

It’s certainly a strange incident, but not the strangest incident which has resulted in a Fronwlow nomination.

The courts will also determine whether Bulut is guilty of assaulting a cellmate at Silverwater Prison while on remand in March 2021. The alleged victim was taken to hospital with a broken eye socket and bruising to his head.

Strengthening Bulut’s bid for induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame is the four year ban he received from Turkish football after testing positive for cocaine while playing for Menemen Belediye in 2018.

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Brennan Stack joins The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Brennan Stack is the latest footballer to join The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters Club after pleading guilty to violently assaulting 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.

Horrific CCTV footage shows Stack and another man, Shai Martin, attacking two young women in a Perth carpark in March 2022. The women were left with serious injuries and were taken to hospital, while a third woman was also assaulted during the incident.

According to the CCTV footage, Stack is shown punching and hitting one of the women until she passes out. Martin then appears to drag one of the women along the ground by her hair, while both men are seen kicking a woman in the head. One of the women attempts to escape by crawling along the ground, but is seen and prevented from escaping. Reports also indicate that the players stomped on the victims’ heads and threw a bottle at one – at times while the women were unconscious.

Footage indicates that the incident ends when the police arrive.

What started the assault?

Apparently an argument over car doors slamming into one another.

Stack had been a mentor in the AFL community and took up the head coaching role at Nollamara Football Club in 2022, but was removed from the role once news broke of this incident.

The former Western Bulldogs player joins the following professional footballers in 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

Joel Romelo

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Liam Jurrah

Andrew Lovett

Wayne Carey

Albert Proud

Brennan Stack

Rugby Union

Craig Wells

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Brennan Stack earns a Wife Beater Tattoo.

Former AFL player Brennan Stack has earned a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Frownlow Medal after pleading guilty to violently assaulting 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.

Horrific CCTV footage caught Stack and another man, Shai Martin, attacking two young women in March 2022. The women were left with serious injuries and were taken to hospital, while a third woman was also assaulted during the incident.

According to the CCTV footage, Stack is shown punching and hitting one of the women until she passes out. Martin then appears to drag one of the women along the ground by her hair, while both men are seen kicking a woman in the head. One of the women attempts to escape by crawling along the ground, but is seen and prevented from escaping. Reports also indicate that the players stomped on the victims’ heads and threw a bottle at one – at times while the women were unconscious.

Footage indicates that the incident ends when the police arrive.

What started the alleged assault?

Apparently an argument over car doors slamming into one another.

Stack had been a mentor in the AFL community and took up the head coaching role at Nollamara Football Club in 2022, but was removed from the role once news broke of the incident.

The former Western Bulldogs player will receive his Wife Beater Tattoo in prison where he has been remanded in custody before a further trial later in the year. The tattoo will be inked on the arm he used to assault his victims.

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