Chris Lewis’ teaching career is history.

NRL player Chris Lewis better hope the Melbourne Storm renew his contract in 2022 because his teaching career could be over.

Lewis taught high school History and English before being offered a full-time playing contract with the Storm, but his recent nomination for The Frownlow Medal puts his teaching career in doubt.

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.

Lewis earned his nomination for appearing in a leaked video in the presence of cocaine, alongside Storm teammates Cameron Munster and Brandon Smith, who were partying with other men after losing the qualifying final to the Panthers.

He was given a $4000 fine and suspended for one match, and told to write an essay outlining the dangers of drugs.

He may never be allowed to teach children again because being caught in the presence of cocaine on social media will make it very difficult for him to secure a Working With Children Check. Without a WWCC, Lewis cannot work as a teacher, or in any direct role with children.

If Lewis is allowed back in the classroom, his students can expect to given homework tasks such as:

  • NRL players are effective role models for young Australians. Do you agree? Why, why not?
  • Write 300 words on the causes of Cameron Munster’s trip to rehab.
  • Use the following vocabulary correctly in a sentence: Illicit, Integrity Commission, Suspension, Punishment, Cocaine, Leaked video, Scandal, Disrepute.
  • Write a report on all of the NRL players who have been caught in possession of illicit drugs.
  • One thing NRL players learn from History is that they never learn from History. Discuss.

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Commiserate or celebrate: is there a difference?

Commiserating and celebrating seem to be the same thing for many NRL players, after three of the game’s biggest names were recently caught with cocaine. Reece Walsh, Brandon Smith and Cameron Munster have all been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being caught with the white powder and charged by police.

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.

Walsh used the white powder to celebrate, Munster to commiserate, and Smith to do both. Walsh was partying at Surfer’s Paradise just moments after being named RLPA Rookie of the Year when he was caught in possession of cocaine.

Munster, meanwhile, was commiserating the Melbourne Storm semi-final loss at a party and was filmed in possession of the illicit drug. The same leaked video incriminated his teammate Brandon Smith, who was managing the mixed emotions of missing out on the grand final and being named Dally M Hooker of the year.

They say a professional football career can be an emotional rollercoaster, but the best way to manage the highs and lows seems to be with cocaine.

If nothing else, at least it guarantees Walsh, Munster and Smith a chance to win The Fronwlow Medal in 2021. If they succeed or fail in their quest to take home the greatest prize in Australian sport, they clearly know how to process the result.

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Cameron Munster enters Role Model Rehab.

NRL player Cameron Munster has entered Role Model Rehab after earning a nomination for The Fronwlow Medal for appearing in a leaked video in the presence of cocaine.

Munster follows a well-trodden path of footballing role models who have undertaken formal rehabilitation for abuse of drugs or alcohol, and he has promised to avoid consuming alcohol for 12 months. He has also promised to be a better role model.

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.

Munster appeared shirtless and dancing on a table beside a quantity of cocaine in the leaked video, alongside Storm teammates Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis, plus other men. Following negative press from the video, Munster was given a suspended $100,000 fine, suspended for one match and forced to attend rehab. He has also been told to avoid alcohol for a year.

The Queensland Origin star was also dropped from the Storm leadership group, which comprises fellow Frownlow nominees Jesse Bromwich (aka Captain Cocaine) and Christian Welch.

Munster told the media:

“I want the kids out there to know that my behaviour was not OK. I owe it to you to be a better role model, and I’ll strive to do that in future.”

Included in Munster’s punishment is a requirement to provide coaching and education for young men and women entering the elite sporting system, because he is such as great role model.

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Nadia Bartel joins the Frownlow WAGS club.

Nadia Bartel was filmed snorting a white substance at a party and has earned a place in The Frownlow Medal WAGS club. The ex-wife of AFL star Jimmy Bartel is the latest wife or girlfriend of a professional footballer to create her own public scandal.

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.

A video of Bartel appearing to snort cocaine at a party and breaching Victoria’s COVID public health orders was posted to social media by a friend, who claimed it was not meant to go public. The video was apparently supposed to be sent to the woman’s sister only, but went viral and did enormous damage to Bartel’s public reputation, and potentially to her personal brand.

Bartel’s friend blamed a cracked screen for her error. As excuses go, it’s in line with those of countless Frownlow nominees who have incriminated themselves on social media.

Bartel joins the following women in the Frownlow WAGS club:

Amelia Miller is the most famous WAG in Frownlow circles. She not only stood by her boyfriend Nick Stevens when the ex-AFL player was in court for domestic violence charges. She not only listened to details of the horrific and repeated assaults on his ex-girlfriend which earned him a prison sentence, but she verbally attacked the victim via social media. Her verbal attacks only ceased when she posted updates boasting about the designer-label clothes she was wearing to the court case every day.

Taylor Winterstein is the wife of Frank, and Shanelle Cartwright the wife of Bryce. Both of the NRL WAGS made headlines for their public stance against any form of vaccination, even when Bryce’s refusal to get vaccinated almost ended the season for his Gold Coast Titans team in 2020.

Belinda Simmonds is the wife of former NRL player Reece, and was accused of misappropriating more than $330,000 from a Shellharbour-based child care business between 2013 and 2018.

Nicole McGregor leapt to the defence of her husband Paul, a former NRL player and coach, when he was caught drink driving in 2016.

NRL WAGS were caught on camera passing items to each other in adjoining rooms and in rooms on other levels in 2021, which was a clear breach of the rules surrounding the NRL hub in Queensland. The photos forced the Queensland government to threaten to shut down the NRL competition.

Time will tell if Bartel is able to influence other woman to become Frownlow WAGS.

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Jamil Hopoate surpasses his father.

Every father dreams that their children will outshine them in life, so John Hopoate must be brimming with pride after son Jamil was recently arrested and nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for leading police on a car chase related to alleged drug importation. Jamil now achieves the rare honour of being nominated for both The Frownlow Medal and the hall of fame in the same year.

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.

Jamil allegedly got into a truck containing $155 million worth of cocaine, and sped through the streets of Sydney with the police in pursuit. He then allegedly jumped from the truck, dumped a backpack also containing cocaine and sprinted away from police in the suburb of Pagewood. He was eventually caught before he could ground the ball with downward pressure in the in-goal area.

Young Hopoate will now most likely spend time in prison, for the second time. He was sentenced to 18 months in 2014 after being found guilty of a violent assault outside a Manly pub, while he was playing for the Sea Eagles. He and two friends brutally bashed two men and hit and kicked them while they were on the ground. Jamil also argued with security guards and fled the scene, and later defended himself by saying he had self-medicated with alcohol to deal with stress and anxiety.

The back-rower was welcomed back into the NRL, where he most recently played for the Brisbane Broncos. He’s lost his contract with the Broncos even before he was charged with assaulting his partner in Port Macquarie in late 2020. Police allege Jamil hit his partner to the ground, spat at security guards, threatened to bash them and fled the scene, leaving behind the mother of his nine-month-old child. His partner was taken to hospital, and he was later caught drink-driving.

Father John is the owner of rugby league’s most famous finger, and earned numerous nominations for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, for playing rugby union under a false name, verbally abusing a touch judge and ball boy, and for numerous charges of assault – but he never went to prison.

Jamil can now look forward to reuniting with some of his prison buddies, and playing for the rugby league prisoners team, which includes some very talented former first-grade players.

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Sam Burgess makes a comeback.

Sam Burgess has made another bid for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame despite having been inducted in 2020. The former NRL player was recently caught driving without a valid NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle, and allegedly failed a drug test. Some media outlets claim he tested positive for cocaine, and was on his way to pick up his children.

Who says footballers are not great role models?

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.

Burgess was inducted into the hall of fame last year after a massive controversy which saw him accused of domestic violence, violence against women, intimidation and drug and alcohol abuse. His former club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, was also accused of covering up some of his misdemeanours and providing false samples for drug testing. The investigation into the incident continues.

Burgess received Frownlow nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, and first attracted the attention of judges when he posted a photo of himself on social media using his phone while driving. He has come a long way since then.

The rampagining forward, who is famous for playing in a winning grand final team with a broken bone on his face, will now be remembered for a sordid family scandal riddled with drug and alcohol abuse, violence and self-destruction – exactly what is expected of inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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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.

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Brent Naden battles the Grand Final blues.

NRL player Brent Naden was a little upset after losing the 2020 grand final, so the Penrith Panthers centre sought solace in cocaine. On the day of the big dance, he tested positive to the illicit drug and earned himself a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

Naden has been provisionally suspended by the Panthers while his B sample is tested, and chose to go into rehab to deal with his drug use and personal issues.

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 talented centre was clearly shell shocked by the outcome of the grand final, when the Melbourne Storm steam rolled the young Panthers side and dominated the entire game. Naden and his team mates were left wondering what went wrong and that is obviously when he reached for the white powder.

It’s not known what Brent would have done if the Panthers had won.

After the disappointment of the grand final, Naden can now look forward to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which is fast approaching.

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White powder earns Mitch Nichols a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former Socceroo Mitch Nichols has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being arrested for possession of cocaine.

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. Former 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.

Nichols was arrested at a nightclub in Sydney in 2017 and received a four-match ban from Football Federation Australia.

Nichols will find out later this year if he has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. To learn more about his competition for Australia’s most prestigious inter-code award, go to www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/

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Everyone’s favourite footballer nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

The most popular figure in Australian football, Wendell Sailor, has finally been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Fans of the Frownlow and Sailor have been calling out for his nomination since the award’s inception and have finally had their voices heard.

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.

Sailor was nominated for returning a positive test for cocaine in 2006, while he was playing for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition. The duel international received a further nomination after being suspended for a clash with a fellow patron in a pub in South Africa.

The great news for Sailor’s fans is that he is now guaranteed to attend the Frownlow Medal awards ceremony as a nominee and a correspondent for one of the media networks who utilise his services.

Fans can also see his smiling face at www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/ alongside a host of Australia’s football heroes.

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