Alastair Clarkson nominated for The Fronwlow Medal, again.

Former AFL player Alastair Clarkson has received his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame due to his involvement in the Hawthorn Hawks racism scandal.

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 ABC has revealed that senior coaches and officials made exceptional demands on Indigenous players all for the sake of winning football games. The allegations involve Clarkson and his assistant at the time, Chris Fagan.

During the time in which Hawthorn won four premierships, the club is accused of bullying, removing First Nations players from their homes and relocating them, and telling them to choose between their careers and their families.

Clarkson is also accused of coercing players to remove SIM cards and insert new ones in attempts to cut them off from their partners and focus them entirely on the club. In each case, the player was a young First Nations draftee in his first five years with the club.

Furthermore, the premiership-winning coach was accused of intimidating players and attempting to separate couples at the earliest stages of pregnancies and parenthood, and demanding that one player should instruct his partner to terminate a pregnancy. It is also alleged Clarkson insisted on visiting a player’s house and offered commentary on the house’s cleanliness.

As a result of the alleged bullying, two of the families have recently been provided with mental health assistance from the AFL Players’ Association due to the suicide risks associated with reliving their traumas for the sake of the official review into the accusations.

Clarkson has also been nominated for Frownlow honours before. In 2017, he was nominated for the hall of fame for verbally abusing a 19-year-old match official at his son’s footy game, punching a hole in the wall of a coaches box, calling a journalist a ‘cockhead’ and grabbing the throat of a fan outside a pub.

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Hawthorn Hawks nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

Hawthorn Hawks AFL club has been nominated for The Fronwlow Medal after shocking revelations about its treatment of Indigenous players.

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 ABC has revealed that senior coaches and officials made exceptional demands on Indigenous players all for the sake of winning football games. The allegations involve then coaches Alistair Clarkson and Chris Fagan.

During the time in which Hawthorn won four premierships, the club is accused of the following acts:

Bullying.

Removing First nations players from their homes and relocating them, telling them to choose between their careers and their families.

Coaches coercing players to remove SIM cards from their phones and insert new ones in attempts to cut them off from their partners and focus them entirely on the club. In each case, the player was a young First Nations draftee in his first five years with the club.

Intimidation tactics including attempts to separate couples at the earliest stages of pregnancies and parenthood, and the alleged demand that one player should instruct his partner to terminate a pregnancy.

Allegations that Hawthorn has only offered them assistance since becoming aware of ABC Sport’s investigation, and that the club has made no public comment on the report’s findings despite being in receipt of the allegations for weeks.

As a result of the alleged bullying, two of the families have recently been provided with mental health assistance from the AFL Players’ Association due to the suicide risks associated with reliving their traumas for the sake of the review.

One unnamed player alleges that when he told his teammates and coaches that his partner was pregnant, Clarkson and Fagan took him into an office and urged him to “get rid” of his partner, move into the home of an assistant coach and “kill my unborn kid.” He was also told to remove his SIM card so he had no contact with his family.

“They told me I’d be living with one of the other coaches from that night onwards.”

The player’s phone was disconnected and his family did not know where he was.

Hawthorn officials refused a request to meet the player’s partner in her home. Instead, they made the player meet his partner outside in the street. The club claimed the partner’s father was a threat to the player.

The club did not allow the player to meet his partner at all.

The woman was told that the club had decided it was better for his footy career if he didn’t become a father. She was also told to contact the club, and not her partner, for any matter relating to the pregnancy.

The couple was allegedly forced to move house when the woman was 37 weeks pregnant.

Allegations that Clarkson insisted on visiting the player’s house and offered commentary on the house’s cleanliness.

The couple feeling pressured into the decision to terminate a subsequent pregnancy.

Reports that the player later attempted suicide.

Allegations that another player was told to break up with his partner, and that Clarkson, Fagan and a club official did so at the player’s home.

In response to the allegations, Hawthorn said:

“Earlier this year the Hawthorn Football Club engaged external First Nations consultants to liaise with current and former First Nations players and staff to learn more about their experience at the club,” the statement began.

“This important work has raised disturbing historical allegations that require further investigation. Upon learning of these allegations, the club immediately engaged AFL Integrity as is appropriate.

Hawthorn is not the first football club to be nominated for Frownlow honours, and not the first club to be nominated for racism. Collingwood was also found to have mistreated Indigenous players and to have covered up that mistreatment. All of this took place since the AFL introduced an Indigenous round.

Clarkson has also been nominated for Frownlow honours before. In 2017 he was nominated for the hall of fame for verbally abusing a 19-year-old match official at his son’s footy game, punching a hole in the wall of a coaches box, calling a journalist a ‘cockhead’ and grabbing the throat of a fan outside a pub.

The question is, after this saga and the Collingwood saga, plus the treatment of Adam Goodes and other Indigenous players, will anything change?

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Leigh Matthews Breaks All the Rules.

Legendary AFL player and coach Leigh Matthews has forced the judges of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to break with years of tradition and nominate him for an incident which occurred on the field of play.

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.

Football heroes typically receive nominations for drunken brawls, public urination, assault, domestic violence, social media mishaps, imprisonment, drug offences or drink driving- all of which occur off the field of play.

Matthews earned his nomination, however, because the punch which broke the jaw of Geelong’s Neville Bruns in 1985 was deemed so severe that he was charged with ‘assault causing grievous bodily harm’.

The punch and the police charge saw Matthews de-registered from Hawthorn for four matches and earned him the nickname ‘Lethal’.

Matthews went on to forge a hugely successful career as a coach with Collingwood and Brisbane in the AFL and won premierships with both teams. He was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame but he is yet to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Jonathan Patton and the iConsent App.

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Patton has been revealed as the creator of the much-maligned iConsent App which was designed to tackle sexual crimes against women. The recently retired AFL player admitted to creating the App as part of his new career as a social media consultant.

Patton confessed to creating the App while announcing the launch of his new company Pervy Patterns.

“I thought of the iConsent App”, stated Patton.

“Everyone thinks it was Mick Fuller (NSW Police Commissioner) but he only took the credit because we thought it would be more popular if it was announced by a senior law officer, not another scandal-prone footballer. It was my idea, based on my intimate knowledge of the power of social media in maintaining consensual relationships.”

Patton revealed the App was one component of a broader socila media consultancy package which he can deliver to clients, and which he was developing during the final days of his football career. Pervy Patterns will work with social media models and influencers to strengthen their brand and their earning potential, with a particular focus on tasteful risque imagery.

“Pervy Patterns will also carry a lot of messages and practical tips for men about consensual interactions with women via social media and communications devices, as this is a subject I have learned a lot about recently.”

Patton is accused of sending multiple revealing images of himself to several women via social media even after the women asked him to stop. After the scandal broke, he checked himself into a medical facility claiming he was suffering from mental health issues.

He was stood down by the Hawthorn Hawks while an investigation is carried out into the incident, which includes allegations that he called a woman on FaceTime and appeared fully naked when she answered, and that the calling and messaging continued for a total of three years.

“I know how to attract attention, I know how to increase awareness of a personal brand, and I know that sex sells!”

“I will employ this special knowledge and proven experience to assist clients to increase awareness and exposure of their personal brand, and to subsequently increase their earnings. My business is a niche company specialising in the utilisation of risque, but tasteful, images across diverse social media platforms.” 

“Clients will enjoy tailored and trusted advice in the art of taking and filtering revealing images, disseminating those images with a wide reach, even to reluctant recipients, as well as in monetising publicity generated from exposing their flesh.”

Patton begins his new role immediately, and has offered discounted rates to professional footballers aiming to win The Frownlow Medal.

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Jonathon Patton; show us more!

Judges of The Frownlow Medal have advised Jonathon Patton to offer more of himself if he wants to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport. The AFL player earned his nomination for allegedly sending unwanted lewd images to several women for an extended period of time.

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.

Patton is accused of sending multiple revealing images of himself to several women via social media even after the women asked him to stop. After the scandal broke, he checked himself into a medical facility claiming he was suffering from mental health issues.

Judges have told the Hawthorn Hawks player they need to see a lot more of him due to the strength of nominations in 2021. Three NRL players have been nominated for alleged sexual assault while another is under investigation for assault and drink-driving. If Patton wants to keep The Frownlow Medal in the hands of the AFL, he will have to do more than send a few racy pics.

Patton has been stood down by the Hawks while an investigation is carried out into the incident, which includes allegations that he called a woman on FaceTime and appeared fully naked when she answered, and that the calling and messaging continued for a total of three years.

News outlets reported that Patton publicly revealed his intention to find a girlfriend and settle down at the beginning of 2020. He obviously has a unique way of fulfilling his New Year’s resolution. Only time will tell whether his methods are successful in finding love or in winning The Frownlow Medal.

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Stuart Dew unleashes a torrent.

Former AFL player Stuart Dew started urinating in public two years ago-and has only just finished. The rotund coach of the Gold Coast Suns let forth a river after a drinking session in 2018 and has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after footage of the incident was recently leaked.

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.

Dew won premierships as a player with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn and currently coaches the Suns, and was filmed relieving himself outside the Miami Tavern Shark Barn in Queensland. Reports indicate that the Gold Coast club knew about the video months ago but decided not to take action.

The footage was apparently filmed by a staff member of the club who is believed to have released it after being let go by the Suns.

Dew, meanwhile, will have another chance to provide Australians with drought relief when he attends the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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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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10-Million-Dollar Man nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

AFL star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for mixing alcohol with fame.

The 10-million-dollar man has been reprimanded a number of times during his career for drunken behaviour in public.

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. Rugby League player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and ex-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.

The Hawthorn and Sydney forward embroiled himself in controversy when he reportedly verbally abused and physically intimidated a woman during a drunken night out at a bar in Melbourne.

Following reports of his behaviour on social media, Franklin took to social media himself, like any good footballer would do, to tweet a defence of his actions. The woman who accused Franklin of intimidation later accepted Franklin’s personal apology.

The star was again chastised for drunken behaviour, however, in the corporate box at the F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne in 2013. He then embarrassed himself in 2014 when he crashed into a row of parked cars in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Rose Bay.

Franklin’s on-field performances and his multi-million-dollar contract with the Sydney Swans surely put him in contention for induction into the AFL Hall of Fame one day, but has he done enough to earn a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

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God Nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Gary ‘God’ Ablett Sr. has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following his involvement in the fatal drug overdose of a 19-yr-old woman.

 

The former Hawthorn and Geelong legend shared illicit drugs with the woman in a hotel room in 2000 and initially refused to answer police questions when her death was investigated.

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.

Ablett is regarded as one of the greatest AFL players of all time, but his life outside of football did not reach the same heights.

He was charged with drug use and possession, he lost his first AFL contract at Hawthorn due to poor discipline, he admitted to alcohol abuse and he also pleaded guilty to assaulting a man he saw sitting in a car with his ex-wife.

The Cats superstar was also being chased by the ATO in 2016, for alleged unpaid taxes totalling about $180,000 and was reportedly involved in a public fight with disgraced player agent Ricky Nixon.

The multiple award winner will find out later this year if he can add The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to his enormous list of sporting honours.

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