Blake Ferguson joins a new club.

Just days after losing his contract with a Japanese rugby club, Blake Ferguson has been admitted into The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club following an incident of assault in 2013.

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 former NRL player was recently kicked out of NEC Green Rockets Tokatsu after being arrested for alleged assault and possession of cocaine in Japan, and may struggle to find a new club in either rugby code. However, he has earned lifelong membership of The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club alongside some of the greats of Australian football, and earned himself a coveted Wife Beater Tattoo.

Ferguson was found guilty of groping a young woman in the vagina, without her consent, at a nightclub in Cronulla in 2013. He claimed he had mistaken the victim for another woman, but that claim was dismissed.

The NSW Origin and Kangaroos star joins a long list of outstanding footballers in The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

 NameCodeTeams 
1Elijah TaylorAFLSydney SwansFrownlow Medallist 2020
2Nick StevensAFLCarlton Blues, Port Adelaide Power 
3Justin MurphyAFLRichmond, Carlton, Geelong, Essendon 
4Liam JurrahAFLMelbourne Demons 
5Robert LuiNRLWests Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys 
6Stuart WebbNRLSt George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Roosters 
7Sam BurgessNRLSouth Sydney Rabbitohs 
8Matt LodgeNRLWests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos 
9Scott BoltonNRLNorth Queensland Cowboys 
10Kenny EdwardsNRLParramatta Eels 
11Zane TetevanoNRLSydney Roosters, Penrith Panthers, Manly Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights 
12Ben BarbaNRLCronulla Sharks, Canterbury Bulldogs, North Queensland Cowboys 
13Jake FriendNRLSydney Roosters 
14Anthony WattsNRLCronulla Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys 
15Isaac GordonNRLCronulla Sharks 
16Richie Fa’aosoNRLPanthers, Roosters, Eels, Knights, Storm, Sea Eagles 
17Anthony CherringtonNRLSouth Sydney Rabbitohs 
18Addin Fonua-BlakeNRLManly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors 
19Kirisome Auva’aNRLSouth Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels 
20Greg InglisNRLMelbourne Storm, South Sydney Rabbitohs 
21Ken McGuinnessNRLWests Magpies, Wests Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys 
 
22Craig WellsRugby UnionNSW Waratahs, ACT Brumbies, Wallabies 
23Jarryd HayneNRLParramatta Eels, Gold Coast TitansFrownlow Medallist 2021
 

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Josh Dugan wants to tend the rabbits.

Josh Dugan is a simple man. Strong of stature and simple of mind, much like the character Lennie in Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men. He possesses more strength and physical power than the average man, along with the mid of a child.

Like Lennie, Josh just wanted to play with animals. This is how the NRL veteran found himself near Bathurst while he was supposed to stay within five kilometres of his home in southern Sydney. He was there to tend to animals. His COVID breach has earned him yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal and could have ended his career.

The Frownlow Medal celebrates the off-field achievements 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.

Dugan and a friend were stopped by police near Lithgow recently, miles from their homes in Gymea and Alexandria. Both men were ordered to return home immediately, which meant they should have headed east. Instead, they headed west and were found just 40 minutes later, in Yetholme, near Bathurst, which is about 150km from Sydney.

When the pair were caught, the former NSW and Australia representative apparently told police he was out bush to ‘feed animals’. In Steinbeck’s famous novel, simple-minded Lennie is kept in line by his friend George with the promise that he can tend the rabbits on the farm the pair dream of buying. Alas, George ends up shooting Lennie at the end of the novel, and Lennie never gets to tend to the rabbits. Poor Josh also missed out on feeding animals in the Central West, and was instead handed a fine of $10,000, and possibly more punishment. When the NRL and police investigations are complete, his NRL could be dead. He was only in Sydney because the Sharks didn’t select him in the playing squad which is in the COVID bubble in Queensland.

This is Dugan’s second Frownlow nomination in 2021, and follows his nomination in 2016. He was fined $25,000 in June for…breaching COVID protocols. On this occasion, he dined at a restaurant in Sydney while all NRL players were ordered not to attend hospitality venues such as pubs and clubs.

If Dugan leaves the Sharks at the end of 2021, will he be offered the chance to play with rabbits, or any other animals which act as mascots for NRL teams?

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Scott Morrison refuses to pay Dragons’ COVID fines.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to pay the fines of the St George-Illawarra NRL players who breached COVID-19 protocols, just days after he paid the fine of Cronulla player Josh Dugan.

Morrison paid Dugan’s $25,000 COVID breach fine from his own pocket after admitting that he and his government are responsible for the current lockdowns in Greater Sydney due to the failed national vaccine rollout. When offering to pay Dugan’s fine, he conceded that an effective national vaccine roll out would have prevented lockdowns throughout the nation and Australians would be free to go to a restaurant with their friends.

“Let me make this very clear,” Morrison told the media.

“I pretend to follow the mighty Sharks, and Josh is a Sharks player. I don’t pretend to follow the Dragons. Why would I? There’s no political gain in that. It’s very simple. I’m not paying their fines.”

Dragons fans and other members of the community asked Morrison to pay the players fines which totalled more than $300,000. 13 players were punished for attending a party at Paul Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour while the region was in the middle of a strict lockdown.

Insiders believe Morrison refused to pay the fines not just because they play for a rival team, but because he was angry that Paul did not invite him to the party.

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Scott Morrison to pay Josh Dugan’s fine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will pay Josh Dugan‘s fine after the Sharks veteran was caught breaching COVID protocols.

Dugan earned yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal when he was caught dining in a restaurant in Sydney recently, in contravention of the NRL COVID-19 bio-security protocols. The ageing centre was fined $25,000 and the prime minister has promised to reach into his own pocket to cover the fine.

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.

Dugan was initially shocked at such a generous offer from the leader of the nation, despite the fact that Morrison is the club’s number one ticket holder.

“Yeah, nah mate, I couldn’t believe it,” Dugan explained.

“But then Scotty told me why. He said he loves the Sharks. Well, he loves them now, he grew up in the Eastern Suburbs so he’s probably a Roosters fan, but anyway. He goes to all our games and stuff, but said he paid my fine for a different reason.”

“He said he kind of feels like it’s his fault that I got fined. See, he handles all that COVID vaccination stuff, because he’s the PM, and it’s been a real shambles. He said that if more people in Australia had been vaccinated by now, pretty much everyone could go to restaurants whenever they want. We wouldn’t all be in lockdown and you wouldn’t get fined just for going out for dinner with a mate.”

“So, I said, yeah, that makes sense – thanks for the money Scotty.”

Dugan will also have to stay away from the Cronulla team for a fortnight, and Morrison is expected to join him in his period of isolation.

“We’ll sit on the roof in bean bags and drink Bacardi Breezers, cos that’s the kind of classy guy that Scotty is.”

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Toby Rudolf praises his mentor after Frownlow nomination.

NRL player Toby Rudolf channelled Scott Morrison during a post-match interview and his offensive comments have earned him a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

The Cronulla forward drew inspiration from the prime minister, and Sharks no. 1 ticket holder, when he made comments derogatory to women following Cronulla’s first-round victory over the Dragons. When asked how he would celebrate, Rudolf said on live TV, he would drink…

 “1,000 beers”, and “Go to Northies, try and pull something – anything will do.”

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.

It is not known whether Rudolf did or didn’t pull something – though with that kind of charm and eloquence, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t.

“How good is ScoMo!” Rudolf said when learning of his Frownlow nomination.

“He taught me everything I know about how to talk about women, and how to respect women. He’s been giving all the boys lectures and classes after training about how to treat women, and I just took that on board when I had to do the interview after the game.”

“And when Scotty said women should think themselves lucky that they weren’t shot at that protest the other day. Mate, how good!, I wish I’d thought of that.”

Rudolf has nominated Morrison as his plus 1 for the grand awards night of The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year, and is tipped to replace Marise Payne as the federal Minister for Women.

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Gladys Berejiklian saves the NRL.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian blocked the appointment of Mick Fuller to the Australian Rugby League Commission in order to help the NRL win back The Frownlow Medal.

Berejiklian denied the NSW Police Commissioner the opportunity to sit on the board of the ARLC because he is an expert in ‘setting behavioural expectations’ who would have prevented the NRL from winning back the medal they held for five straight years until 2020.

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.

“I love Rugby League and the NRL,” boasted Berejiklian at a press conference.

“As a Sydney girl, I’ve always loved league more than AFL, Union and Soccer. I pretend to love Macarthur FC, for the same reason the Prime Minister pretends to love the Cronulla Sharks: it helps win votes.”

“I was devastated to see the AFL steal the Frownlow from us last year, and I’m determined to do whatever I can to make sure an NRL player wins it this year. For this reason, I used my power as premier to block the appointment of Mr Fuller to the ARLC board because he would have stamped out player misbehaviour and held wayward players to account. If NRL players are not allowed to get up to mischief off the field, they’ll never win the Frownlow.”

The league-loving premier also asked the public to show greater understanding towards footballers when they misbehave.

“Footballers, like politicians, are role models to young Australians, so we should not be too quick to judge their personal behaviour. The LNP rewards misbehaviour with promotion and ministerial appointments, and naughty footballers are rewarded with nominations for The Frownlow Medal. I would hate to see either of these situations change.”

The Premier then confirmed that her own party is no stranger to personal scandal and protecting people who commit those scandals.

“Right now, our nation’s leader seems to be protecting an alleged rapist who works for the LNP, at the same time that four rugby league players are under investigation for sexual assault.”

“Finally, this issue is also a great way to distract the public from the failures of my government.”

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Michael Lichaa nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Michael Lichaa has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with alleged domestic violence.

Lichaa was taken to hospital recently with severe arm injuries and was later charged with physically assaulting a woman and possibly having an altercation with another man. The presence of the other man led some news outlets to use the term Love Triangle.

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.

Police charged the former Canterbury Bulldogs player with common assault (domestic violence), destroying or damaging property (domestic violence) and stalking/intimidation causing fear of physical harm (domestic violence). The Bulldogs recently denied claims that one of their current players, Adam Elliott, was also involved in the violence, as some media outlets have suggested.

Lichaa is the fifth Australia-based footballer currently under investigation for violence against women, and will await the outcome of the police investigation and the decision of Frownlow judges.

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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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Michael Gordon was protecting schoolies from cooties.

Former NRL player Michael Gordon was planning to supply schoolies with drugs to protect them from cooties, and has subsequently earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

It is believed the drugs were destined for Byron Bay where a large number of Australian school leavers are planning to celebrate the end of their school life, but the drugs were seized by police and Gordon was charged with supplying and possessing a prohibited drug.

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.

Gordon has been stood down by the Gold Coast Titans where he was an assitant coach, and where he finished his playing career. There is no truth to the rumour that Gordon took the job in anticipation of another massive schoolies celebration on the Gold Coast. Regardless, the former fullback’s plan was thwarted when COVID-19 prevented schoolies from taking place in Queensland, and the partying school kids will now let loose on Byron Bay.

Already nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame are former Titans players Joe Vickery, Dave Taylor and Jamie Dowling – for drug charges. Dragged into this scandal was code-swapper Karmichael Hunt, who played AFL in the Gold Coast and won The Frownlow Medal in 2018. Even Kevin Proctor was caught snorting cocaine a few years ago, and this year he captained the Titans.

Gordon did not provide an official statement after his arrest, but assured young partygoers that the substances found in his possession will definitely protect them from cooties, meningococcal disease and STDs – but not COVID-19.

Since Gordon was supplying schoolies in Byron, who will supply the guests at the awards night for the Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year?

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NRL bans cardboard cutout of Matthew Johns.

The NRL has refused to allow a cardboard cutout of Matthew Johns to be displayed at empty stadiums, after the former player photshopped a life-size image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd during The Matty Johns Show.

The Hitler stunt earned Johns a barrage of criticism, and his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The NRL decided that the ‘joke’ was so lame, and so offensive to so many people, that it has refused to associate itself with the former Newcastle star, in real life or in cardboard form.

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.

Johns ran the image of Hitler on his show in an attempt at humour, after the NRL began placing cardboard cutouts of fans in the stands of empty stadiums during the coronavirus restrictions.

Why Adolf Hitler?

Who knows.

Of all of the people in the world he could have placed in the crowd, he chose the most recognisable figure of racial hatred and cruelty in recent memory, at a time when the United States is imploding with racial violence, and Australia itself is bracing for public protests over police treatment of indigenous Australians.

What’s more astounding (maybe), is that the joke was approved by the producers of the The Matty Johns Show. Is this what passes as humour in Australia these days? Is the target audience of The Matty Johns Show so ignorant, racist, bigoted, intolerant and crass that they consider this funny? Is the show so desperate for ratings?

The offensive gesture was not only in poor taste, it was also one of the most pathetic actions to have passed by the judges of The Frownlow Medal. It does not stack up against bestiality, poo in a shoe, pub fights, golden fountains, flashing, taxi slapping, egging, sex tapes or peeing on a police car.

That said, Johns’ first Frownlow nomination followed an even more sinister incident. He was nominated for his role in the Cronulla Sharks group sex scandal, which featured on ABC 4 Corners. He also confessed to drinking alcohol during a church service for his son’s graduation, and was chastised previously on The Matty Johns Show for …racism.

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