Jordan De Goey is fed up. He’s sick of it. He’s had enough.
The AFL player is sick and tired of being nominated for The Frownlow Medal again and again and never winning the award. For Jordan, enough is enough.
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.
De Goey is so angry at not winning the medal that he used a phrase/hashtag that is used to highlight entrenched gender inequality or the plight of mass shooting victims in the USA. On a recent social media rant attacking the media and other critics, he used the phrase ‘enough is enough’ to compare his plight to the plight of people who suffer some of the worst fate imaginable.
The post provoked a massive response from the media, De Goey’s fans, former players and many other people, but they all missed one important fact. What frustrates De Goey more than anything is not winning The Frownlow Medal.
“Enough is Enough,” he said.
“What else do I have to do?”
“I’ve been nominated so many times for this award and still no medal. Nothing.”
“Look, I got nominated in 2017, 2018 and 2020, then in 2021 I got nominated 3 times for three separate incidents, and now in 2022 I’ve got two nominations. Fair dinkum, what’s a guy gotta do?”
“Even this time, I put in the hard yards for a nomination. I went to Bali – which is full of drunken Aussie bogans – and where everyone ends up doing something stupid. Then I went to a club, I made all these rude gestures to the camera and it went viral. You think it’s easy doing that? You think it just happens? No, it takes planning, the right club, the right lighting, enough refreshments and the right time of the night to act like that – but still no medal. And then, at one point, someone in the video tries to get a chick to take her top off and expose her breasts when she’s lying on the bar, I mean, that’s basically sexual harassment if you think about it, but will I win the medal this year, who knows?”
“And even after that I cried about being mistreated by the media and created even more controversy. I mean, The Frownlow Medal lives off controversy, and I’ve given them enough controversy in the last few years…”
Is De Goey right. Has he done enough to win The Fronwlow Medal in 2022?
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