Chris Sandow just wants to be a role model.

Former NRL player Chris Sandow is so desperate to be a good role model that he got himself arrested and earned his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Sandow is in custody after being charged with a string of offences including assaulting a police officer, and is arguing that the behaviour stemmed from a career in rugby league which makes him a role model for children.

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.

The former halfback has been refused bail, for a second time, after being charged with serious assault of a police officer causing bodily harm, serious assault of a police officer or person acting in aid of a police officer, two counts of obstructing police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of driving without a licence, and evasion. He was arrested at his home in Ipswich in late August and has been in custody since.

In an effort to be relased from custody, his lawyer tried every excuse that a rugby league player can think of.

He told the judge Sandow had a distinguished NRL career.

He blamed the behaviour on repeated head knocks during Sandow’s time with the Rabbitohs and Eels.

He argued that Sandow is determined to be a good role model to children.

He claimed Sandow wanted to re-engage with his culture.

He reminded the judge that Sandow is a very talented footballer.

The judge was not convinced.

Perhaps because Sandow has already been nominated for Frownlow honours. In 2016, he was involved in a drunken street brawl in his home town of Cherbourg in Queensland.

Sandow now has until the end of the year to convince the judges of The Fronwlow Medal that he deserves to be inducted into the hall of fame.

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Curtis Scott caught on camera.

NRL player Curtis Scott will star in a new reality TV series called The Frownlow Medal: Caught on Camera, after submitting an audition tape in which he allegedly punched a man during a nightclub fight in Canberra.

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 CCTV footage Scott sent to Frownlow judges is blurry, but appears to show the Canberra Raiders player punching a man several times. Scott’s supporters claim he broke the man’s nose and caused him concussion, but this is yet to be verified. Police were not involved in the incident and Scott has not been charged, which means he was able to get his hands on the CCTV footage and send it immediately to Frownlow headquarters.

The Frownlow Medal: Caught on Camera will feature footballers in pub fights and street fights, and footballers urinating in public or on police cars, as well as players pooing in other people’s shoes or taking illicit substances. Audiences can also expect to see drunken players dancing naked, plus exclusive footage of former first-grade players inside prison.

Scott is free to play the lead role in the exciting new series as he has played hardly any football in the last two seasons since moving to the Raiders. He missed a large chunk of the 2020 season after serving a suspension for clashing with police on Australia Day. He earned a patriotic nomination for Frownlow honours on that occasion when he was arrested by police who found him asleep under a tree at Moore Park, and claimed he resisted arrest. Scott was in contention to win The Frownlow Medal last year until all of the charges against him were dropped.

Scoring the lead role on a reality TV show is a popular career path for underperforming footballers, and is a path paved by Frownlow nominees such as Beau Ryan. Scott is hoping that his new found fame will help him finally win The Frownlow Medal.

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