Kerem Bulut gets supersized.

Former A-League player Kerem Bulut always wants more.

More action, more excitement, more adrenaline and more fries.

And more chances to be inducted into The Fronwlow 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 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.

Bulut received his first Frownlow nomination for a variety of offences, and his second for demanding more fries.

The former Western Sydney Wanderers player was charged with intimidation in 2021 at Auburn McDonald’s in Sydney’s west. Sources claim Bulut and his friends argued with a staff member after Bulut tried to order more fries before the staff member could attempt to upsize him. The argument attracted police and Bulut was eventually granted conditional bail.

McDonald’s was a sponsor of the Wanderers at the time.

Bulut earned his first Frownlow nomination after being charged with assault, larceny and drug offences. He spent seven months in prison while awaiting trial for the for alleged assault of a man early in 2021. He was granted bail and forced to attend a drug rehabilitation program, as well as being told to report to police daily, avoid consuming drugs and alcohol, and to avoid any contact with the alleged victim.

The allegations stem from an alleged altercation with a man known to Bulut, who claims the former Young Socceroo assaulted him in an apartment in Sydney due to a dispute over $500. It is alleged that Bulut snatched the money from the man, and that seven months later the man demanded the money back, prompting the alleged assault.

It’s certainly a strange incident, but not the strangest incident which has resulted in a Fronwlow nomination. It’s also not known whether the alleged victim was eating, or in possession of, fries at the time.

The courts will also determine whether Bulut is guilty of assaulting a cellmate at Silverwater Prison while on remand in March 2021. The alleged victim was taken to hospital with a broken eye socket and bruising to his head.

While surrounding himself in controversy, the national junior representative also surrounded himself in glory. He scored seven goals in six games to win the Golden Boot at the 2010 AFC U/19 Championships, and he played for Australia at the 2011 FIFA U/20 World Cup. Unfortunately, his love of French Fries and his friends destroyed his international football career. He and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood Militants clashed with the police as far back as 2010, when Bulut was arrested for alleged offences including malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm; robbery in company; participate in criminal group; assist criminal activity, affray and intimidation of court witnesses.

Police alleged the victims were attacked with knives in a carpark in Auburn and suffered wounds to the head, torso and leg, and that this attack was part of an ongoing feud involving incidents in the Sydney CBD and Bondi Beach. The police case against Bulut was ultimately withdrawn as the witnesses were unwilling to give evidence in court. Seems like Bulut got his fries after all.

Strengthening Bulut’s bid for induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame is the four year ban he received from Turkish football after testing positive for cocaine while playing for Menemen Belediye in 2018.

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Sam Fisher signs new contract.

Former AFL player Sam Fisher has been appointed to handle catering at The Frownlow Medal awards night later this year.

Fisher was awarded the contract, as well as a nomination for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame, after being charged with allegedly trafficking large quantities of illicit drugs across state borders on a regular basis.

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.

Media reported that Fisher was arrested after a police raid on a house in suburban Melbourne, where they found methylamphetamine, 1,4-Butanediol and a Mercedes Benz, all alleged to be the proceeds of crime. The former St Kilda player was then charged with traffic large commercial quantity. According to reports, the drugs were being transported from Melbourne to Perth concealed in white goods.

This is not the first time Fisher has been involved in controversy, although it is his first Frownlow nomination. In 2011, he was the victim of an unprovoked attack in a Melbourne nightclub which left him with stitches in his head.

Fisher is expected to avoid serious punishment for the alleged crime as he has been pictured numerous times with a dog on social media. As outlined in a previous article on this very website, players who are photographed with a dog are likely to be forgiven by the Australian public.

This should leave Fisher plenty of time to contact his associates and ensure that the awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame is the greatest party of the year.

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The real life soap opera surrounding inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

The inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for 2019 have been announced and they include a man at the centre of the most famous crime in recent Australian history as well as the partner of one of the country’s most popular soap stars.

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.

The Dramatic

Former Rugby League player Chris Dawson is the subject of a massively popular podcast called The Teacher’s Pet, which chronicles the investigation into the murder of his wife Lynette. Dawson has not been found guilty of the murder which remains unsolved, but he has been charged with having sex with an underage girl during the 1980s. Furthermore, Dawson’s 16-year-old student and lover moved into his home two days after Lynette disappeared.

The second Australian drama to star in this year’s hall of fame is Home and Away. One of its most recognisable stars, Kate Ritchie, made the news when her husband, and former NRL player Stuart Webb, had an AVO placed on him by police following an incident at the couple’s home. Webb is also believed to have had battles with drug and alcohol abuse.

The Bad Boys

John Elias is one of the true bad boys of Rugby League. During and after his playing career he was sent to jail numerous times for crimes such as match fixing, possessing military-style weapons, assault, drug supply and shooting a business partner in the leg.

Chris Yarran was nominated for a drug-fuelled rampage during which he assaulted a police officer and tried to steal his gun, and the AFL star was sent to prison for crimes including theft, assault and property damage.

Robbie ‘Mad Dog’ Muir was known for his volatile temperament on the AFL field, and carried it off the field. He pleaded guilty to throwing a kitchen knife at police, who were searching for him after he threw a bar stool at a bar tender who refused to serve him alcohol…at 7.30am.

The Wife Beaters

Three players will earn the coveted Frownlow Wife Beaters tattoo at this year’s awards ceremony.

Former NRL player Brett Seymour was accused of beating his wife so badly that she ended up in a serious condition in hospital. He is also said to have had ongoing problems with drugs and alcohol. Another League player, Ken McGuinness, was charged with breaching an AVO and assaulting a woman, while AFL star Liam Jurrah pleaded guilty to breaching an AVO and punching his ex wife, as well as threatening another woman with a broken bottle. He subsequently spent time in prison.

The Bizarre

The Frownlow Medal always uncovers the ridiculous antics of Australia’s footy heroes, and this year is no different.

Former NRL player Ben Kennedy was arrested after he broke into a high security Australian Border Force Detector Dog base, without being detected. Somewhat disconcertingly, Kennedy was found in shorts and thongs sheltering from the cold in a truck whose window he had smashed. Kennedy blamed a mixture of alcohol and pain medication.

Rhys Palmer challenges Kennedy for most bizarre nomination. The ex-AFL player threw shoes onto a race track during a harness race event in Western Australia. A shoe hit a horse and Palmer was arrested.

Brian Lake, meanwhile, made a concerted effort to earn his induction. He once spent a night in prison with his then wife, and was also thrown into a cell in Japan some years later. He has also been charged with unlawful assault, burglary, stalking and criminal damage, and was recently banned from local football after repeated on-field offences. He damaged his reputation irrevocably when he appeared as a contestant on Australian Survivor.

These lucky players have received the highest honour in Australian sport, and will be formally inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame at the upcoming awards night.

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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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