Tom Starling takes the law into his own hands.

Tom Starling is the master of his own destiny. The NRL player chose not to wait for judges of The Frownlow Medal to notice him, so he got involved in a wild brawl and had himself arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer. He has subsequently earned a last minute nomination for the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

The winner of The Frownlow Medal will be announced in a matter of weeks, and the Canberra hooker is hoping his name will be on everyone’s lips as the judges deliberate.

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 young Raider has bucked the trend of footballers assaulting women this year. A total of five footballers received Frownlow nominations for violence against women, but Starling chose a boy in blue as his target. He spent the night in police lock up and was seen leaving the morning after with significant scars to his face.

Reports indicate that the wild brawl took place outside the Shady Palms restaurant and that the riot squad was called in to break up the brawl in which Starling and other men were involved.

The talented hooker will learn his fate in the courts in due course, and in the meantime can contemplate if it is worse to hit a woman or to hit a cop?

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Daniel Conn, role model.

Former NRL player Daniel Conn has demonstrated why professional footballers are great role models after throwing a rock through a window and intimidating staff at a gym. The attack in late 2019 earned the Instagram model a conditional release order and 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.

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.

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.

Like many wayward footballers and criminals, Conn attempted to blame mental health issues for his wrongdoing and claimed he has attempted to take his own life on three occasions. Conn also claimed that school did not prepare him for life after league because he was sent there just to play football. This may surprise staff at St John’s College, Dubbo.

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.

As well as appearing in court on numerous occasions, Conn appeared all over social media and on TV. He was the face of the F45 gym franchise and was at one time their global athletic director, and appeared on the Australian edition of the UK reality TV show Geordie Shore, as well as the show Ex On The Beach.

Breaching an AVO, intimidating gym employees and faking drug prescriptions are not normally enough to earn a prized place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, but Conn’s appearance on TWO reality TV shows has raised his chances enormously.

Conn’s next chance to be the centre of attention will be at the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie…Curtis Scott demands a Kangaroos jersey after Australia Day arrest.

NRL player Curtis Scott is so desperate to play for the Australian national team he got himself arrested and thrown in the lock up on Australia Day weekend.

Scott reportedly resisted arrest and allegedly kicked and punched a police officer in the face before being tasered and sent to the clink, where he spent the night. His antics also earned him 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 player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.

Scott was granted conditional bail and will appear in court in February, and is adamant that he has increased his chances of playing for his country.

“Mate, how Aussie can you get? Resisting arrest, beating up a pig, getting chucked in jail – and doin’ it on Australia Day weekend – that’s as Aussie as anything. I reckon they should just give me the jersey right now,” he said.

“Plus, I did it right outside NRL headquarters in Moore Park so they saw me real clear – and, I just signed a contract with the Raiders in Canberra, which is the capital – even more Australian.”

Scott was clearly inspired by the actions of another NRL player, Joe Ofahengaue, who had himself arrested for an alcohol-related incident on the same patriotic weekend, and is believed to be switching allegiance from Tonga to Australia as a result.

Scott hasn’t even played a game for his new club but has already dragged it into an off-field controversy and forced a meeting with the NRL Integrity Unit. He has also ensured another big year for The Frownlow Medal, whose nominees for 2020 already include Ofahengaue, Josh Reynolds, Maika Sivo, Manase Fainu, Jarryd Hayne and Jack DeBelin.

Is anyone from AFL, Super Rugby or A-League going to challenge the NRL domination of the award this year?

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