Jarryd Hayne could be out of prison later this year.

Judges of The Frownlow Medal are working furiously to secure the release of Jarryd Hayne from prison in time for the award’s night of Australia’s most prestigious sporting prize. The former NRL star was recently sentenced to five years and three months in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and is a strong favourite to win the medal in 2021.

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.

The Frownlow awards night is the most popular annual sporting celebration in the country, and all nominees are invited to a night of no-holds-barred fun and drunken debauchery that rivals any Mad Monday party. As the current favourite for this year’s award, Hayne would be given front row seats and first pick of the booze, drugs and other treats offered to footballers.

Frownlow organisers are thus negotiating with authorities to secure Hayne a prison furlough, and believe he could improve his chances of release by agreeing to lead inmates’ skills and drills sessions, or appear in a movie alongside Adam Sandler.

If Frownlow judges cannot use their considerable influence to secure Hayne’s release, the former NSW and Australian representative would be forced to watch the awards presentation via livestream from behind bars, and would not be the first Frownlow nominee to do so.

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Jarryd Hayne knows it’s not over.

It’s tempting to think that Jarryd Hayne has The Frownlow Medal locked up for 2021. The former NRL star was just found guilty of raping a woman in 2018 and has one hand on the most prestigious prize in Australian sport – but the result is not certain.

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.

Hayne was recently found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in her home on Grand Final evening in 2018. He will most likely spend a substantial time in prison. Normally a rape conviction would guarantee victory in The Frownlow Medal. After all, previous medallists have won for physical assault of a woman, but not sexual assault, or for incidents involving stalking, illicit drug use, sex tapes, gambling and drug possession.

However, Hayne faces strong opposition this year from other footballers who have also been accused of sexual assault. Jack de Belin is still involved in a seemingly eternal court case after being accused of rape a long time ago, and fellow NRL player Tristan Sailor is also being investigated for sexual assault, as was Collingwood player Jordan de Goey. It is not certain when a verdict will be reached in their cases.

Following on their heels are Manase Fainu, who was charged with stabbing a man outside a church dance, and Jamil Hopoate, who has been charged with drink driving assaulting a woman. 2016 Medallist Corey Norman used a street brawl to try to win back the medal, and Zane ‘Last Chance’ Musgrove earned yet another nomination, alongside Asu Kepaoa.

AFL attempted to defend the prize they won last year when Jonathon Patton was caught sending lewd images to women who didn’t want them, and a host of fellow NRL players will keep pressure on the front runners for this year’s medal.

Knights rookie Phoenix Crossland announced the beginning of another NRL season by getting into a pub brawl, while Payne Haas and Corey Harawira-Naera earned repeat nominations. Another Corey from the Raiders, Horsburgh, was caught drink driving, while Suliasi Vunivalu earned a Frownlow nomination before he’d played his first game of professional rugby union. The Broncos have made a significant contribution already, with Kotoni Staggs being accused of homophobia, and Tesi Niu being charged with a driving offence.

In addition, Sharks big man Toby Rudolf told the most costly joke in NRL history, and Roosters forward Victor Radley got punished for tackling a man.

Who will win The Frownlow Medal in 2021?

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Tesi Niu has a lot to learn.

Youngster Tesi Niu will need to lift his game dramatically if he is to compete with the big boys of the NRL and other football codes. Niu received his first nomination for The Frownlow Medal for a driving offence, but this will not be enough to win the prize in 2021.

The young Brisbane player was fined $400 and suspended from driving for six months after being found guilty of driving without a qualified licence.

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.

Niu faces very tough competition for Australia’s greatest sporting prize in 2021. Some experts are even predicting that this will be the toughest year ever, with four players still under investigation for sexual assault, other for domestic violence and physical assault – even before the NRL and AFL have started their seasons.

Experienced Frownlow nominees would advise the young Bronco to not only drive without a qualified licence, but to also drive drunk, speed, text and post a photo on social media while driving, and to swipe some parked cars before fleeing the scene…and that’s just for starters.

Niu might pick up some tips from teammates while they give him a lift to training. He could seek advice from his childhood idol, Anthony Milford, as well as previous nominees Payne Haas, Kotoni Staggs, Corey Oates, Cory Paix, Jake Turpin, Keenan Palasia and Tevita Pangai Jr, plus hall of fame inductee Matthew Lodge.

All is not lost for the talented fullback and centre, however. He’s still young, so has plenty of time to improve his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal.

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Did Elijah Taylor beat Jarryd Hayne?

AFL player Elijah Taylor beat his ex-girlfriend, and he may have beaten Jarryd Hayne to The Frownlow Medal in 2020. Taylor pleaded guilty to assault and has snatched favouritism from Hayne while the ex-NRL player continues his court case for alleged sexual assault.

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.

Taylor pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting his former partner and causing bodily harm in circumstance of aggravation in Perth in September. As a result, he has been sacked by the Sydney Swans. The 19-year-old only played his first AFL game in round seven this year, but was soon suspended by the AFL for breaching COVID-19 protocols. Ironically, he was suspended for sneaking his partner into the hotel where the Swans where staying under strict COVID-19 conditions.

Taylor has moved into pole position for the prestigious cross-code award this year while Hayne awaits the outcome of his court case, and while fellow NRL players Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor await a verdict on similar charges.

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Michael Chee Kam to share the driving from now on.

NRL player Micheal Chee Kam is seeking a new mode of transport after pleading guilty to assaulting a ride share driver. Chee Kam was charged with assault in December 2018 and consequently earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal. Now, he will have to find another way to get around in between his football commitments.

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.

Chee Kam assaulted the ride share driver during a night out late last year, and his recent guilty verdict has seen him suspended from the Wests Tigers for one game. The guilty verdict will strengthen his bid for The Frownlow Medal this year, which is proving to be the most competitive year in the history of the prestigious award.

One of Chee Kam’s competitors for Frownlow honours is fellow NRL player Tautau Moga, who was himself punished for assaulting a taxi driver and inventing the game ‘Slap the Taxi’. It is understood Chee Kam has already reached out to Moga to arrange transport to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which will be held later this year.

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Ben Russell Sharp Shoots into Frownlow Hall of Fame Contention.

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Former West Coast AFL player Ben Russell Sharp has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after pleading guilty to armed robbery and drug trafficking…and for being a friend of Ben Cousins.

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. Kiwi international and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.

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 Todd Carney.

The ice and cocaine addict admitted to using a sawn-off shot gun to rob a van carrying profits from three McDonalds restaurants in Melbourne in 2014.

Sources claim that the robbery concluded when Sharp yelled at the security guards;

 

“Supersize me!!!”

He also admitted to being a friend of Ben Cousins.

Sharp was also charged with stealing the Holden Commodore which was used to separate Ronald McDonald from his earnings and with drug trafficking…as well as being a friend of Ben Cousins.

The former Eagle will soon face judges, to decide on the punishment for his crime, and to decide if he is worthy of induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame…alongside Ben Cousins.

First published in February 2017.

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