Don’t kiss Gabe Hamlin.

A warning to all NRL players: do not kiss Gabe Hamlin. Don’t kiss him on the field, in the scrum, at the ruck or while celebrating a try. Don’t kiss him in the dressing room, at training or while out on the town with the boys. Kissing the NRL player could result in a positive cocaine test and a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

The former South Sydney player and new Cronulla recruit tested positive to cocaine while playing for Wigan in the English Super League, but claims he didn’t intentionally take cocaine. Instead, he is adamant he ingested the cocaine after kissing a woman he met on a dating app.

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.

Hamlin was banned from the Super League for two years but argued in a court of law that the cocaine passed into his system after kissing a woman who had previously taken cocaine. Hamlin also argued during the trial that the woman went to the bathroom several times during their rendezvous, to ‘powder her nose’, but he didn’t know that the ‘powder’ found in his bathroom the next morning was cocaine.

Maybe it was sherbet. Maybe it was talcum powder, but not cocaine.

Unfortunately for Hamlin, the judge did not believe his claims of transmission by kissing, and he was handed a two-year ban from the English game. He is now attempting to resurrect his career with the Sharks in the NRL, and has advised his new teammates that his lips are strictly off limits for the foreseeable future.

Judges of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame have told Hamlin that he can kiss anyone he likes at the Frownlow awards night, where anything goes.

Image: NuNa

Michael Jennings wants The Frownlow Medal before he finishes his career.

NRL veteran Michael Jennings is determined to win The Frownlow Medal before he hangs up his boots and earned his fourth nomination for the award after testing positive for two banned substances.

The Parramatta Eels centre may have played his last game in the NRL as he has been ruled out of tonight’s elimination final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and could be banned for many years if his B samples also test positive to Ligandrol and Ibutamoren.

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.

Jennings had his phone and laptop confiscated by officials from WADA on the morning of the game against the Rabbitohs. Unconfirmed reports claim that Jennings told the officials he created the controversy in order to finally win the Frownlow after three previous failed attempts. In 2016, 2018 and 2019, the former Origin player made bids for the award with actions such as:

Being dropped from Penrith for arriving at training under the influence of alcohol

Being fined $10,000 for drinking

Being arrested and charged with offensive behaviour

Being accused of kicking a boom gate while drunk

Being accused of intoxication and bad behaviour at a Sydney nightspot

Pressing ‘like’ in reaction to Israel Folau’s famous homophobic social media post.

Jennings has publicly denied the charges and will not face consequences until the B sample test results are returned. One of the substances he is accused of taking is a growth hormone, and experts suggest that the premiership winning player was trying to grow a brain.

Image: NuNa

Jaidyn Stephenson firms as favourite for The Frownlow Medal.

Punters are placing huge bets on Jaidyn Stephenson to win The Frownlow Medal after the AFL player earned the harshest punishment of any footballer this year.

Stephenson was banned for 10 matches after it was discovered he had bet on AFL games, and he will miss the remainder of the home and away season. The Collingwood player apparently bet on three games in which he was playing, and was also fined $20,000.

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 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.

Stephenson’s punishment is more severe than any other Frownlow nominee in 2019. The previous favourite, NRL player Scott Bolton, was stood down for only five games after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman in a nightclub, while a host of other players were given shorter bans, or fines, for a vast range of scandals.

Former Cowboys player Ben Barba was banished from the NRL earlier this year, but was never actually found guilty of assaulting his partner, and fellow NRL player Dylan Walker was found not guilty of assaulting his partner.

Of course, Stephenson must still await the outcome of the court cases involving Rugby League players Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin, who were charged with allegedly sexually assaulting women. Now that Stephenson has some time on his hands, perhaps he will offer his services to the legal representatives of both of these players to ensure they are found not guilty.

According to news reports, none of the bets that Stephenson placed were successful. Let’s hope he has more luck with The Frownlow Medal.

Image: NuNa