Former NRL player Brett Finch is urging everyone to back him into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after he was charged with sharing child abuse material.
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.
Finch has been charged with five counts of using a carriage service to transmit or publish or promote child abuse. He was arrested in late 2021 and his phone was seized. It was later revealed that he had been using a gay sex hotline to allegedly discuss and share exploitative material.
He is now a favourite to enter the hall of fame due to the seriousness and bizarre nature of his nomination, especially since Finch is ‘happily’ married and a father. Furthermore, it was revealed that he was set to coach a junior rugby league team just before the allegations of child abuse material surfaced.
The former NSW Origin player has been the public face of Ladbrokes sports gambling company for many years, and has urged Australians to ‘back yourself’ and engage in gambling, despite the fact that he previously spent time in rehabilitation.
In 2019, he was asleep with a bloody nose during a flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast and needed assistance getting off the plane. Witnesses at the time expressed concern for his mental health and described the strange nature of his behaviour. Eventually, ambulance officers were called to assist him and he later checked into rehab.
Finch also spent time as a commentator for Channel 9 and Fox Sports, and confessed to years of drug and alcohol addiction. On one occasion, he says he pretended to go to work alongside Ray Hadley at 2GB radio, but instead went to his dealer’s house and spent the day taking drugs. He was also stood down by Channel 9 in 2016.
This all occurred before he was invited to be the public face of Ladbrokes.
After these revelations, is Brett Finch still ‘a great bloke’ or a ‘loveable larrikin’?
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