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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Jake Carlisle snorts cocaine…that’s tonight on A Current Affair.

Former AFL player Jake Carlisle can thank A Current Affair for his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Carlisle was filmed by the Channel 9 program snorting cocaine on the same day that he was traded from Essendon To St Kilda in 2015.

And they say all publicity is good publicity.

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.

Carlisle received a two match suspension for his actions, but it didn’t damage his form too much, because he was already serving a suspension for his role in the Essendon performance enhancing drugs saga.

Carlisle’s appearance on A Current Affair does make one ponder…is “Footballer Snorts Cocaine’” even a news story these days? Maybe only if they bite a dog at the same time.

St Kilda Club officials claimed he faced a much harsher penalty than a media grilling upon his arrival at St Kilda.

“…he’s got to front Nick Riewoldt and our leadership group,’ they explained.

The club extrapolated on the reaction of the leadership group.

“They’re absolutely filthy. They’ve done a lot of work to really be clear on what it is they want our club to stand for.”

To find out exactly what Australian football clubs stand for, go to www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/

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Have a beer with an alcoholic.

Rugby League fans are being urged to share a beer with Queensland footy hero Jason Smith in order to celebrate his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for offences related to the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Smith confessed to years of drug and alcohol abuse and was charged with drug possession offences after ending his football career, during which he represented Australia.

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.

Encouraging people to have a drink with a recovering alcoholic may seem a little odd, but this is the exact advice given to the people of Toowoomba and Queensland by lawyer Chris Hannay, who represented Smith during his court hearings for possession of cocaine, and who believed it would help the State of Origin hero to get his life back on track.

During the court proceedings and afterwards, Smith confessed to years of alcohol and drug abuse and claims he considered suicide. He was also implicated in the drug supply ring which earned prison sentences for two other former NRL players and Frownlow nominees, Matt Seers and John Touma.

Fans of Smith can enjoy a few quiet ones while they wait to find out if their hero has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Third time lucky for Tyson Stengle?

AFL player Tyson Stengle has become the first footballer in history to earn three nominations for The Frownlow Medal in the same year, after being involved in a mysterious ‘off-field matter’. The question is, will it be enough to win the most sought after prize in Australian sport?

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 Adelaide Crows player scored his first nomination for drink driving, and the second for possession of illicit drugs, and has finally been stood down by the Crows. The mystery surrounding the incident adds more intrigue to the race for Frownlow glory, which will be decided in just a few weeks.

Will Stengle defeat the alleged rapists Jarryd Hayne, Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor? Will he beat the Wife Beater Elijah Taylor, and can he overcome the 30 or so players who breached COVID-19 protocols this year? We’ll find out in just a few weeks.

Stengle’s third nomination surpasses the efforts of other professional footballers since the award’s inception. Barba was kicked out of the NRL twice on his way to Frownlow glory, Ben Cousins has earned countless nominations for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, and Sam Newman always makes a lame attempt to be noticed, but no footballer has ever been nominated three times in the same year. It’s quite an achievement.

When details emerge of the incident involving Stengle, judges will be in a better position to start engraving someone’s name on The Frownlow Medal for 2020.

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Solomon Huamono chases a tale all the way to The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Solomon Huamono is chasing glory after being nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for drug abuse and a bizarre mid-season dash to the other side of the world.

Huamono confessed to an addiction to marijuana, ecstasy and ice during his NRL career and said that the drug abuse was so severe that he suffered from depression and attempted to commit suicide.

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.

Huamono also confessed that he manufactured his own drugs and tested them on himself at the height of his addiction.

The front-rower was also at the centre of one of the more bizarre tales in Rugby League in 1998. Huamono walked out on the Canterbury Bulldogs in the middle of the season to chase supermodel Gabrielle ‘The Pleasure Machine’ Richens in The UK. The story earned Huamono a degree of fame at the time, but is it enough to earn him a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

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Waiting for your Centrelink payment? Aaron Lord has it.

Former AFL player Aaron Lord is holding your Centrelink payment, and for this reason he has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The former Hawthorn and Geelong player narrowly avoided a prison sentence after being found guilty of scamming $60,000 from Centrelink, and he confessed to abusing drugs and alcohol during his post-football career.

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.

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. Perhaps all of the knocks on the head he took as a football player made him forget – then again, he’s not a rugby player so that excuse doesn’t hold up.

As well as ripping off the Aussie taxpayer, Lord 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.

Lord was handed an 18 month community corrections order and forced to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, and was ordered to undertake alcohol and mental health treatment.

It was reported that Lord had later found full-time employment in the travel industry, and one has to wonder whether the current travel restrictions and job losses in travel and tourism have forced him to apply for financial assistance from Centrelink.

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Brayden reacts Crossley to his Frownlow nomination.

AFL player Brayden Crossley is furious that it has taken so long for judges of The Frownlow Medal to nominate him for the prestigious award, after he allegedly tested positive to illicit drugs.

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.

Reports of Crossley’s alleged drug use surfaced days ago, but he has only just been nominated for Frownlow honours.

“Why did it take so long?” he asked.

“I put my hand up for a nomination, for an award that is super popular and super hard to win, and it takes them this long to nominate me. Is it because I don’t play NRL? I know they always nominate NRL players,” he continued.

“I need this award, because let’s face it, I might not have an AFL career soon. Someone needed to act faster and nominate me – to give me a fair chance of winning.”

The Gold Coast Suns player allegedly tested positive to cocaine on the day of a lower-grade match in which he played. If he is found guilty, he could be banned from AFL for up to four years.

The young ruckman will find out in a few months is he has done enough to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

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