Nick Stevens has a short memory.

Former AFL player Nick Stevens was inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend, but this must have slipped his mind, because he has earned a second nomination for fraud.

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.

Stevens was charged in 2019 with multiple counts of fraud involving a failed business installing pools in people’s homes, after earning a place in the hall of fame in 2017. Stevens was accused of five counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage, which earned him more than $144,000.

The court heard that Stevens took $3,300 from each victim and promised to install a swimming pool. He then charged the victims larger sums of between $24,075 and $30,483, but the pools were never installed. The former Carlton and Port Adelaide player was also charged with one count each of making and using a false document.

Judges of the prestigious award are still deciding whether Stevens can be nominated this year, if he already has a prized place in the hall of fame. They are likely to use the Cousins Clause, which is named after serial scandalist Ben Cousins, who earns nominations every year despite having been inducted in 2017. Fellow AFL player Sam Newman, and NRL disaster John Hopoate, have also benefitted from this clause.

The question is whether Stevens will want such a minor charge recorded on his hall of fame plaque, which already details the horrific and sustained physical and psychological abuse he inflicted on his former partner.

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Justin Murphy nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Justin Murphy has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after prolonged physical abuse of his ex-girlfriend saw him serve two jail sentences and revealed a deep drug addiction.

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.

Murphy was first sentenced to prison for six months in 2017, after it was discovered that he had abused his then girlfriend both physically and financially. In one of the more severe incidents, Murphy held the woman down and attacked her with a blowtorch. Her injuries were so severe that she was forced to have a finger amputated. He then returned to the woman’s house a year later, got naked and ignited the same blow torhc, threatening to burn his ex and her house.

The former Geelong, Carlton, Essendon and Richmond player also managed to withdraw money from her bank account without her permission, and she was forced to move house on numerous occasions so that Murphy would not find her, even after he was released from his first stint behind bars. He then served another 59-day sentence for what was described as a sustained campaign of terror against his ex-partner.

Murphy was also required to complete community service and drug rehabilitation programs, as his legal team claimed the violence was connected to a strong addiction to ice and GHB.

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Heath Scotland launches his assault on The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Heath Scotland has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for assault. Scotland pleaded guilty to a charge of assault during an incident in Victoria in 2012.

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 former 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.

Scotland was involved in a brawl which left one man unconscious at the Mulwala Ski Club near Yarrawonga. As a result, he was formally charged with common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and violent disorder. The ex-midfielder was given a two year good behaviour bond without conviction.

Scotland also avoided conviction for an assault charge in 2005. Perhaps he can blame his behaviour on the unstabilising effect of playing for sworn enemies Carlton and Collingwood during his career.

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Brendan Fevola to host The Frownlow Medal awards night.

Brendan Fevola is set to host the award ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year.

The AFL legend was awarded the honour after a stellar career and an even more memorable performance at the Brownlow Medal awards night when he was a player.

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.

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.

Fevola is himself an inductee into the hall of fame and was chosen as the perfect candidate to host a ceremony which honours the off-field antics of Australia’s football heroes.

In 2001, he attempted to steal clothes from a dry cleaners in Melbourne and was fined $8000 by his Carlton club and ordered to do community service. In the same year, he was accused of spraying a woman in the face with a fire extinguisher and stealing alcohol from a hotel.

2004 saw him kicked out of Crown casino by security and he later failed to attend a team recovery session, for which he was suspended for one game.

Two years later he was sent home from Ireland while representing Australia in the International Rules series after assaulting a barman. Back home, he split up with his wife, and mother of his children, after being caught having an affair with Lara Bingle.

Despite fines, suspensions and warnings from Carlton, their star player was at it again in 2008. This year, he channelled the spirit of many great Frownlow nominees and urinated in public, washing the windows of a bar in Melbourne, for which he was fined $10,000 and dropped from Carlton’s leadership group.

Of course, a classic Frownlow nomination would not be complete without a Mad Monday scandal. Fevola chose to appear in public dressed in woman’s clothing with a sex toy proudly on display.

He used the sex toy ploy again in 2009 to strengthen his nomination and in the same year went down in history for drunken behaviour at the Brownlow Medal awards ceremony, which is the AFL’s night of nights. As a result of his behaviour, he was dropped from The Footy Show Grand Final episode, did not participate in the traditional Grand Final day lap of honour for Coleman medallists and was also absent from the Carlton awards night.

Not long after these incidents, Carlton traded Fevola to Brisbane.

Age certainly did not slow down Fevola.

In 2010 he was accused of distributing nude photos of Bingle and he admitted to a serious gambling addiction.

The accumulation of his off-field behaviour eventually forced the Lions to terminate his contract in 2011 and he never played in the AFL again.

With Fevola at the helm, the awards night for The Frownlow Medal is sure to be one to remember.

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Chris Yarran goes on a rampage through The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Chris Yarran has torn apart The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in a desperate attempt to earn the highest honour in Australian sport. Yarran was nominated for Frownlow honours after being sentenced to jail for a drug-fuelled crime spree, and ransacked the hall of fame to honour its incumbents.

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.

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.

Yarran destroyed plaques belonging to some of the greats of Australian football and stole a car belonging to one of the judges, before assaulting a security guard and escaping.

He later told judges, through his lawyer, that this was his last chance to impress the Frownlow panel before he becomes a guest of her majesty for five years. Knowing he only had limited time, Yarran tried to do as much damage as possible to prove that he belongs in the hall of fame, alongside many other ex-footballers who are also serving jail sentences.

The caretakers of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame moved quickly to clean up Yarran’s mess, as they are used to this kind of behaviour from footballers who are desperate to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

Yarran has certainly impressed Frownlow judges, but he will have to wait until later this year to find out if he has been inducted into the hall of fame.

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Dale Thomas joins Dane Swan as a Frownlow nominee.

AFL player Dale Thomas has joined AFL legend Dane Swan as a nominee for The Frownlow Medal after being dropped from Carlton for an alcohol-related incident.

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.

Thomas was stood down from the Blues for drinking within 48 hours of a game and his Frownlow nomination was strongly endorsed by Swan, who was also nominated for alcohol-related incidents.

Thomas will need an endorsement from a Frownlow hero such as Swan, because his opponents for The Frownlow Medal in 2019 have committed crimes such as assault, drink-driving and distribution of sex tapes, while some are still facing accusations of violence against women.

It is impossible to say whether Thomas will win the highest honour in Australian sport, but what is certain is that Thomas will share a beer with Swan at the awards ceremony later this year.

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