Nathan Bock joins the Frownlow Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Nathan Bock has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after admitting to slapping his partner and throwing beer in her face in Adelaide in 2009. He has also earned a prized Wife Beater tattoo.

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 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.

The Adelaide Crows defender and All Australian representative was charged with assault and property damage and accused of causing his girlfriend ‘considerable pain’. A court handed him a 12-month good behaviour bond and a $200 fine while the Crows slapped him with an ‘indefinite’ suspension from the club – which lasted only one game.

Bock later apologised through a prepared statement while his lawyer, Stephen White, was reported as saying,

“…in the context, these are not serious assaults,” before adding,

“…he is very mindful that he is a role model to younger people.”

This role model was later offered a contract with the Gold Coast Suns, despite the assault charges. Bock will now wait for the judges to decide if he joins a host of fellow Wife Beaters in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Adam Hunter nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Adam Hunter has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being charged with domestic violence. The premiership winner was accused of breaking into his partner’s home, assaulting her and stopping her from leaving.

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.

Hunter won the ultimate prize with the West Coast Eagles in 2006, and recently appeared in court in Perth charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated common assault and deprivation of liberty.

If found guilty of these charges, Hunter has a very good chance of being inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame and earning a highly sought-after Wife Beater tattoo.

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Zane Musgrove on his last, last, last chance in the NRL.

This is it! This is definitely Zane Musgrove‘s last warning. If he is found guilty of obstructing police he’ll be kicked out of the NRL. Except, he’s already been kicked out of the NRL – when he was on his first last chance.

Musgrove was kicked out of the NRL in 2018 when he earned his first nomination for The Frownlow Medal. He now earns his third Frownlow nomination, and the Wests Tigers might be wondering if he is worth the trouble.

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.

Musgrove and teammate Asu Kepaoa were taken to Maroubra police station recently after allegedly refusing to move on from outside the Coogee Bay Hotel in the early hours of the morning. They were accused of abusing police and were reportedly issued with fines, before being released.

Musgrove likes the Coogee Bay Hotel. That’s where he earned his second Frownlow nomination. On that occasion, he and ex-teammate Liam Coleman were charged with indecent assault and were originally found guilty, causing Musgrove to miss the entire 2019 season. Both were later acquitted of the charges and Musgrove resurrected his NRL career with the Tigers. The talented forward first attracted the attention of Frownlow judges in 2018, when he was charged with domestic violence.

Musgrove follows a long line of professional footballers who have committed scandals when on a final warning from their clubs and their governing bodies, only to remain in the sport – some of them even captained premiership winning teams.

Musgrove and Kepaoa must now endure a long wait to find out if they’ve done enough to win The Frownlow Medal, which will be decided later this year.

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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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Jamil Hopoate starts 2021 with a bang.

NRL player Jamil Hopoate has already fulfilled a new year’s resolution after being nominated for The Frownlow Medal for alleged domestic violence and drink driving.

Hopoate was charged with three counts of common assault, two counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm and mid-range drink driving after an incident in Port Macquarie in late 2020.The Brisbane Broncos player has been granted conditional bail and will face court in late January.

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.

Hopoate continues a fine family tradition in The Frownlow Medal. His father John already sits in the Hall of Fame for his infamous finger incident, as well as numerous other off-field scandals during and after his career. Jamil himself spent time in prison after assaulting two men outside a pub in Sydney in 2014, for which he was sacked by the Manly Sea Eagles.

Jamil is currently off contract so The Frownlow Medal might be the only victory he celebrates this year. He can add the medal to the wooden spoon he won with the Broncos in 2021, and if he is found guilty of domestic violence, he will win the coveted Wife Beater tattoo.

Domestic violence charges and drink driving would normally earn a player favouritism for The Frownlow Medal, but not in 2021. Fellow NRL players Jack de Belin, Jarryd Hayne and Tristan Sailor have all been accused of sexual assault, while Manase Fainu faces charges of stabbing a man.

The fight for The Frownlow Medal in 2021 looks like being one of the toughest in history.

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Sam Burgess shows what it takes to win The Frownlow Medal.

Former NRL player Sam Burgess and his South Sydney club have gone to extraordinary lengths to earn a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The champion forward was featured in a shocking media expose which carried allegations of domestic violence, intimidation, drug abuse, adultery and a massive cover up on behalf of the Rabbitohs.

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.

Burgess is currently facing a charge of intimidation (DV related) against his father in law, which prompted police to take out an apprehended violence order against the star forward.

The lengthy expose in The Australian newspaper alleges that Burgess:

  • Physically assaulted his heavily pregnant wife
  • Abused illicit drugs
  • Went on multi-day drug and alcohol-fuelled benders, including when his pregnant wife was admitted to hospital.
  • Intimidated and verbally abused his wife
  • Threatened his wife
  • Abused prescription medication
  • Committed adultery with a young woman, while his wife was pregnant, and threatened the woman to stay silent.
  • Submitted a blood test for drugs under a false name

The newspaper report also suggests that the current Rabbitohs assistant coach may have been protected by the NRL when he was involved in a sexting scandal in 2018 during the NRL finals series. He was cleared of any wrong doing at the time.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs club has been accused of not only covering up the allegations against Burgess, but of appointing him captain. The report claims that a doctor injected Burgess with liquid tranquilliser then put the father-in-law’s name on the prescription, and that another doctor conducted a secret drug test in an underground car park at the famous South Sydney Juniors club.

The scandalous behaviour is a major step up from Burgess’ previous Frownlow nominations. In 2016, 2018 and 2019, he was nominated for misuse of social media, which included taking a photo of himself while driving and posting it on his own social media account. This hardly compares to the actions of previous inductees and demonstrates more cluelessness than malice. His current nomination, however, places him in a very strong position for induction into the hall of fame.

Also fighting for induction are former AFL players David Dench, Heath Scotland, Justin Murphy and Aaron Lord, plus ex-NRL players Wes Naiqama and Daniel Conn, as well as the head coach at the Rabbitohs, Wayne Bennett.

Naiqama and Murphy join Burgess in an attempt to join the Frownlow Wife Beaters Club.

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 torch, 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.

Naiqama is suspected of acts of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, the singer Paulini. It is believed that the alleged violence is the underlying theme in Paulini’s song ‘Scarless’.

Conn recently pleaded guilty to destroying property, intimidation and breaching an AVO after throwing a rock through a window of the Hustle Boxing gym in Potts Point last year and for returning to his former workplace despite being told to leave.

The former Roosters, Bulldogs and Raiders backrower was also found guilty of faking painkiller prescriptions. In 2008, Conn presented a false prescription for Valium and Tramal at a Gold Coast pharmacy. During the subsequent investigation police discovered that he had used another false prescription the previous year. Conn refused to be interviewed by police and was fined $5000 and ordered to do community service.

Conn also appeared on reality TV…twice.

Dench spent four months in jail in 2008 as punishment for his role in a scheme to defraud Victoria University out of millions of dollars. The former North Melbourne fullback and captain was charged specifically with nine counts of obtaining property by deception and aiding and abetting the receipt of a secret commission.

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.He also avoided conviction for an assault charge in 2005.

Lord pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception. He claimed that he had earned no money during the time in question, but he had actually earned more than $170,000. In total, he made 73 false claims to Centrelink. Lord also admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol as his life descended into chaos and his marriage broke down. He also lost his house during these turbulent times and was handed an 18 month community corrections order and forced to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, as well as undertaking alcohol and mental health treatment.

Bennett, meanwile, breached the COVID-19 bubble by eating out at a restaurant in Sydney.

The police and the NRL are both conducting their own investigations into the Burgess matter, and their findings will determine if the Englishman has done enough to earn induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Josh Reynolds: All I want for Christmas is The Frownlow Medal.

With Christmas just around the corner, Josh Reynolds is hoping Santa brings him the ultimate present this year, The Frownlow Medal.

The NRL player earned a nomination for the highly-prestigious award just moments before judging closes, after he was charged with domestic violence.

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.

Reynolds was charged with a domestic violence offence and defends the charge. He is happy, however, that the charge was handed down before 2019 officially ends and the winner of The Frownlow Medal is announced. He is also no stranger to Frownlow judges, having been nominated in 2017 for refusing to leave a pub while intoxicated.

The award would look great in his stocking and would be the perfect way to kick off a huge New Year’s Eve celebration with the boys.

Reynolds faces tough opposition, though, in the form of Zane Musgrove, Scott Bolton, Manase Fainu, Jaidyn Stephenson, Jack de Belin, Jarryd Hayne and serial homophobe Israel Folau.

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