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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Bailey Smith quits AFL.

Bailey Smith has shocked Australia with news that he will quit the AFL to deal with mental health issues following his latest off-field scandal.

Smith was recently punished for appearing in a social media post holding a bag of white powder, and he raised mental health battles when discussing the incident with the media. He has since quit the sport entirely to start a new career.

“I will step aside from the AFL immediately,” Smith announced through a prepared statement.

“I have made this difficult decision for reasons of mental health. My battles with mental health have been well documented, even after my latest off-field scandal and subsequent nomination for The Fronwlow Medal.”

His next career move was as big a shock as his decision to leave the sport.

“I will spend six months of the year as a school teacher and the next six months as a nurse, so that I can gain a more accurate understanding of mental health struggles,” the Western Bulldogs star explained.

“I will teach secondary students, most likely as a PD/H/PE teacher, for the remainder of this year. I chose teaching because I want to learn exactly what mental health struggles look like. I want to experience the constant drain of secondary school teaching in underfunded schools where teachers are overworked and underpaid and constantly under attack from parents and students. I want to understand the mental health strain on people who are vital to the nation but are completely undervalued and often criticised by Australian society, in contrast to footballers who are adored for simply playing a game they love.”

“On a personal note, I want to feel what it’s like to be ignored, teased, criticised or even physically attacked by teenagers, including some who’ll become professional footballers in a few years time. If you’d heard the stories the boys tell in the locker room about their school days, you’d know what I mean.”

Australians were just as shocked to learn that a person with no teaching experience or qualifications could simply walk into a full-time teaching position, but such is the shortage of teachers in Australia – created largely through the mental health strain placed on teachers.

After teaching for six months, Smith then plans to work as a nurse.

“I will work as a nurse for similar reasons,” he outlined.

“I want to truly understand the mental health strain of working an extremely stressful and underpaid job which was made a lot worse during the pandemic, and was bad enough before COVID-19.”

“I want to live through the emotional and psychological strain of caring for sick, injured, scared, smelly, dirty, abused, unstable, violent, dying people on a daily basis without proper remuneration or even adequate personal protection equipment.”

“I also want to be on the other side when a professional footballer abuses drugs or alcohol and has to be saved from themselves.”

Bailey then explained exactly why he had chosen these two careers above any other.

“Above all, I want to know what it’s like to be given gratitude instead of a reasonable wage.”

The nursing and teaching jobs will keep Smith out of the AFL until June 2023. Will the social media darling be back in the AFL, and back into contention for The Fronwlow Medal?

Only time will tell. Or maybe he will be back on the field once he reviews his bank balance.

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Kerem Bulut is out of prison and into Frownlow contention.

Former A-League player Kerem Bulut can now attend the Frownlow awards night later this year after being released from prison.

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 ex-Wanderers player has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame 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.

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.

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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Kids should copy Bailey Smith.

AFL player Bailey Smith proved he is a great role model for young people after appearing in a viral social media image holding a bag of white powder and earning a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

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.

Smith is one of the most popular and marketable faces of the AFL and is used in countless promotions for his club and the game of Australian Rules. He’s also not afraid to market himself and has the most social media followers of almost any Australian footballer. In addition, scores of Aussie kids try to grow their hair to emulate his famous flowing blonde mullet and this image appears in advertisements for the AFL and corporations.

The social media image shows Smith holding a small bag of an unknown white powder and smiling at the camera. There is no evidence that Smith in any way touched or consumed the powder, or exactly what is contained in the bag.

Once the AFL complete their investigation into the issue, Smith will find out if he faces any sanctions, and if he is a strong chance of winning the Frownlow in 2022.

The sporting ‘role model’ is no stranger to off field controversy, however. In 2021, he took a break from AFL after a late night police complaint was made against him at a pub on the Gold Coast. Following this incident, he did the inevitable media interview outlining his struggles with mental health. Perhaps the white powder helps him deal with his mental health issues. This incident also strengthens his nomination for this year’s Frownlow.

Smith might lose his title as ‘role model’, at least until the next AFL off-field scandal, but all is not lost. The video proves that he definitely deserves his invitation to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year, where even the most mysterious substances are welcome.

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What happens if Sam Fisher is not inducted into the hall of fame?

Supporters of Sam Fisher are concerned about what he will do if he is not inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year. Fisher earned his nomination after recently being charged with dealing large quantities of illicit drugs between state borders.

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.

Teammates and people close to the former AFL player have suggested he turned to drug dealing due to personal issues including sporting injuries and the end of a romantic relationship, which sent him into depression.

‘The break-up f***ed him. She took the house, his superannuation, she got everything,’ a mate of Fisher’s told the Herald Sun newspaper.

Step 1 – Someone else has been blamed for a player’s downfall – in this case a woman.

Various articles in the media have also repeated the familiar tale that Fisher devoted himself entirely to football and was not prepared for life in retirement, and that the game, the club, his teammates and the players’ association should have done more to help him.

Step 2 – blame the game, the club, teammates and anyone else close to him.

Step 3 – blame the game for not setting players up for life after sport.

None of the articles mention the fact that Fisher is a grown man who earned a healthy income from professional football, and made the conscious decision to allegedly traffic drugs. Not just to buy or consume drugs, but to allegedly traffic them in such large quantities that police were apparently pleased to have discovered them.

Consider this:

Drug use and abuse is often prompted by trauma or personal setbacks, such as Fisher’s. Drug trafficking, however, required a degree of intelligence, meticulous planning, preparation and dedication. International drug cartels run like multinational corporations. Fisher was not (allegedly) El Chapo, but he was charged with trafficking a substantial amount of drugs.

If a romantic break up leads him to alleged drug trafficking, what will he do if he fails to win the greatest honour in Australian sport?

Maybe he’ll need to be locked up to be protected from himself.

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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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Nathan Daly to star in ‘Ex on the Beach: International’

Former NRL player Nathan Daly will star in the first series of Ex on the Beach: International after becoming the subject of a nasty online exchange between multiple women throughout the world.

Daly has already been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being arrested for public nuisance, but was nominated for the reality TV show after producers read the enormous thread of comments about him on a website called thedirty.com.

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 extensive thread is titled ‘Stay Away From Nathan Daly Sydney’ and it includes unproven accusations that Daly is a liar, a thief, a drug addict and a con artist, who used a fake name on twitter and has deceived many women in Australia and overseas. None of the accusations have ever been proven despite claims police had opened a case against Daly.

Women on the thread accuse Daly of befriending them and using his looks and charm to win their confidence, before convincing them to pay for things or stealing their money, jewellery and possessions. The former Bronco is also accused of getting a woman pregnant and refusing to care for the child, as well as running off with the woman’s money.

Comments claim he also created conflict with his own relatives over money, and that he stole from and cheated on a woman called Yvonne Coldeweijer in The Netherlands:

Google Nathan Daly and his ex Yvonne coldeweijer. He stole from her and cheated on her several times. If you translate the articles she had him removed from the country as she was his sponser,” reads the unproven comment on thedirty.com. Further comments claim Daly was eventually deported from The Netherlands, which is also unproven.

“These accusations make Nathan perfect for a role on reality TV,” state the producers of Ex on the Beach: International “…and demonstrate exactly why so many former footballers are appearing on reality TV shows all over Australia.”

“The online thread on thedirty.com is full of vitriolic and spiteful comments attacking and defending Nathan, and even if the comments are completely untrue it doesn’t matter, they will still hook viewers and drive up our ratings.”

Producers were also excited that the accusations continued.

Women claim Daly also boasted about a prestigious role on the Australian Olympic team and exaggerated his ability as a professional footballer. The latter is clearly the most believable claim on the entire thread, as his NRL career never reached any great heights. Women are also extremely shocked and disgusted that Daly took up a position with a charity working with vulnerable children.

At the same time, many women on the thread staunchly defend Daly and strongly refute the claims of other women, and portray him as attractive, charming, honest and decent.

It’s very obvious this is a small group of scorned, unstable women who have gotten together to try and brin him down,” read one of many similar comments.

“I mean the accusations aren’t even original, it’s prettu standard for immature people to come out with the he/she is a drd crack head anyway haha.”

“Oh my god girl, get over it. Each time you post is more desperate and pathetic then the last haha. Seriously!! You got rejected by a guy, get a grip and a life. Your just a stalker. We who are all his real friends know the truth. As I said before, a bunch of scorned, crazed, obsessed and classless lunatics that can’t accept that HE DONT WANT YOU HAHA”

“Some of the comments are priceless,” explained EOTBI producers. “Even our writers couldn’t script this stuff, like this one:”

“You’re so upset I called you and the rest classless yet you went on a bogan rampage name calling and carrying on like a wild animal. Stop with the lies. If he stole from you and all these other women then the man would be in jail you stupid stupid woman. And all the crying and carrying on that he is putting women at risk by having drds and spreading them, guess what? Stop being a dirty hoe, know who your sleeping with and for the love of god take some responsibility and wear a condom. This is laughable, Nathan and my self have both laughed, you are all spiraling out of control and the stories get crazier. Death threats, unborn babies, thousands stolen , drugs, lol. He seems to be doing pretty well considering he isn’t in jail for all these alleged falsified claims. Go back to stalking another sports star that use groupies for sex. It’s clearly all any of you had been worth.”

“You could just imagine jealous contestants saying this stuff to each other behind the scenes on reality TV couldn’t you,” continued the producers.

EOTBI creators were also intrigued by a post that appears to be written by a lawyer or someone official. Someone calling themselves The Investigator wrote in 2018;

“Due to the nature of the defamatory post, We suggest this is removed in a timely manner. Your digital fingerprint and IP address is now known. After several failed attempts to contact you we will proceed with informing the board of registration of dentistry VIC of the current situation. ie- Harrassment, Stalking, Defamation.”

“If he can incite that much hatred, conflict, emotion, swearing, devotion and spite online, imagine what he can create on screen,” said producers.

The person who posted the original comments which prompted the thread on thedirty.com, at one point asks for the comments to be removed, stating:

EMAILED: Nik, as you can see from my email I am the person who wrote the comments under – Leopards don’t change their spots.

Can you please delete my comments as I now am fearing for my safety and I need these removed. Please can you do this for me?

No.- nik

It is believed network executives are considering turning the reality TV show into a soap opera, such is the drama, vitriol, emotion and controversy surrounding this one man. It might even be called ‘ The Dirty’ in honour of the website which launched Daly’s reality TV career.

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  • NOT A ONE NIGHT STANDOctober 23, 2018 at 5:34 AMill happily send you the pregnancy report abuse messages about the money he stolen from me
    twice over the course of being with him on and off for two years money from nathan himself if you like oh actually and his sister as well !!! ? don’t sit there and take away that I nearly lost my life carrying this man child and he ignored it did nothing and ran off with thousands and thousands of dollars of my money when he sick dad was dying and he knew my dad was sick and dying as well , why does his own friends Reni and will talk about him behind his back I have messages of that too if you want more proof , it wasn’t a one night stand and if nathan was getting a restraining order why hasn’t he been granted one in over a year this has been made , and you think you’re any better bashing us when I went through living hell and never even received an apology from this man ? , he was contacted numerous times from the police for the money he stole , oh not evidence enough , over 100 comments from people and we are pulling it out of our ass so he a good man for sleeping with over a hundred people and putting them in danger carrying diseases getting women knocked up and laughing in their face telling them to die WHICH I HAVE PROOF OF aS WELL ? he a good man for ignoring someone who he cries to and claimed to love WHICH I HAVE VIDEO PROOF OF also !! send me your number i’ll happy send you all the evidence and show what a dumb ass weak wanker you’re for standing up for someone who is truly evil , rasinging money for a charity and keeping the money !!! go on get the restraining order oh that’s right he can’t get one cause he a narcissistic low life who needs serious help .

BondiBeachAugust 19, 2018 at 11:27 PM

Take all your information to bondi beach police station. They currently have a case building on him.

The InvestigatorFebruary 27, 2018 at 5:45 AM

Ms Natalie Cowan,
2 Trevascus St
Caulfield South
VIC 3162.

Due to the nature of the defamatory post, We suggest this is removed in a timely manner. Your digital fingerprint and IP address is now known. After several failed attempts to contact you we will proceed with informing the board of registration of dentistry VIC of the current situation. ie- Harrassment, Stalking, Defamation.

James Maloney gets white line fever.

Former NRL player James Maloney is the latest professional footballer to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame due to the use of illicit drugs.

Maloney tested positive to cocaine in February while playing in the French Elite One championship and has been stood down by his club Lezignan. He has been suspended pending a decision from the country’s anti-doping agency.

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 35-year-old could have essentially ended his career with the positive test. It would be a sad way to finish a career which included NRL premierships with the Roosters and Sharks, a grand final with the Warriors and State of Origin victories for NSW in 2018 and 2019. He also played three tests for Australia.

Maloney now awaits the decision of the French authorities, and the decision of Frownlow judges, to learn if he has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Sneak peak at Ben Cousins’ new TV role.

Controversial AFL player Ben Cousins will soon appear on TV to provide a weekly update on the contenders for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2022.

Cousins will use his guest role on Channel 7 Perth to reveal the details of the latest scandals which have earned footballers nominations for Frownlow honours, and to recount the incidents which place him among the Frownlow immortals.

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 Cousins and Julian O’Neill.

The West Coast Eagles legend will assess the behaviour of players who could join him in The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame this year, including Darius Boyd, Andrew Lovett and Nathan Daly, as well as Brett Finch, Curtis Scott, Blake Ferguson and Sam Burgess.

He will also run his expert eye over the contenders for The Frownlow Medal, such as Anthony Milford, Tui Kamikamica, Rhys Nicholls, Zane Musgrove, Tristan Sailor and Manase Fainu.

Cousins is virtually a permanent nominee for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame because he manages to involve himself in self-inflicted controversies every year. He has been in and out of prison and in and out of rehab for substance abuse, and was once accused of breaching a violence restraining order taken out by his former partner.

As recently as April 2021, he was caught and fined $1500 for possession of methamphetamine. This is why his segment will also include advice to young Aussies on how to earn a nomination for Australia’s greatest sporting prize.

Cousins will also provide updates on which disgraced footballer is appearing on which upcoming reality TV show, and will recount the scandal which landed them in trouble.

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Sam Burgess’ scandalous love affair.

Former NRL player Sam Burgess has confessed to a scandalous love affair with The Fronwlow Medal after receiving yet another nomination for the award and demonstrating his devotion to the relationship which began in 2016.

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.

Burgess was recently fined $30,000 and suspended from official duties with the South Sydney rugby league club for 12 weeks, after multiple breaches during his time at the club.

The breaches include allegations of domestic violence, intimidation, prescription drug abuse, and a cover up, of which Burgess was cleared. He was, however, found guilty of illicit drug use, threatening Roosters player Billy Smith, and driving under the influence of drugs between 2018 and 2021.

“I believe in commitment,” stated Burgess after the decision was handed down.

“I am devoted to any relationship and I am always loyal. That’s why I’ve been nominated for either The Frownlow Medal or The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and and again in 2022. I love The Frownlow Medal.”

“I believe my record speaks for itself. I can’t think of any other footballer who’s been nominated for Fronwlow honours as many times as I have. That shows the deep and unwavering love I have for this award, and I thank them for standing by me over the years, even in 2017 when I didn’t manage to earn a nomination.”

The England international will return to work with the Rabbitohs immediately, as the suspension has been backdated. However, as he was found not guilty of domestic violence, he is no longer eligible for the highly-coveted Wife Beater Tattoo.

South Sydney have also been fined $20,000 for failing to promptly advise the NRL Integrity Unit of Burgess’ indiscretions. 

Burgess also stated in the strongest terms that while he has had failed relationships in the past, he is determined to make his relationship with The Frownlow Medal last forever, and he expects to be nominated for honours for many more years to come.

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