Why Wayne Carey’s powder scandal is not a big deal.

Wayne Carey‘s white powder scandal is nothing compared to the scandals which earned him his previous nominations for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Carey was recently caught with a zip lock bag of white powder at Crown Casino in Perth and was escorted from the premises. He has stood down from his commetary role at Channel 7, saying the substance is not illegal.

Then again, what is illegal in a gambling house?

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 North Melbourne legend was kicked out of the casino after the bag of white powder fell out of his pocket. He said that he offered the powder to security, but they didn’t take it, and claimed the powder was crushed anti-inflammatories which he takes with dinner.

“I need to take anti-inflammatories every day to treat my inflamed ego,” he explained.

The scandal has prompted Carey to step aside from his commentary role in the middle of AFL finals. However, the reality is that the powder scandal is minor compared to his other scandals.

He is most famous for sleeping with his teammate’s wife while playing for the Kangaroos – but that is not the worst.

He assaulted police officers while resisting arrest in 2008 – but that is not the worst.

He appeared on SAS Australia – but that is not the worst.

He was charged with indecent assault of a woman in 1996 – but even that is not the worst.

No, the worst scandal was his arrest for breaking a wine glass in the face of an ex-fiance in Miami in 2007.

That is the scandal that should have banished him from commentary long ago, and is the scandal which earned him a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Fronwlow Medal.

The white powder incident has seen Carey banned from Crown Casinos for two years, so he cannot attend the Brownlow Medal count to be held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The good news is that he can attend the awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year, where he will be supplied with all of the anti-inflammatories that he and his ego need.

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Carey has been involved in a series of controversies in his personal life including a charge of the indecent assault of a woman in 1996, having an affair with teammate Anthony Stevens’ wife, an arrest for breaking a wine glass in an ex-fiancee’s face in Miami in 2007, and assaulting officers while resisting arrest in 2008.

He is a commentator for Seven and writer for The Age.

Jordan De Goey needs your support.

Australians are being asked to support AFL player Jordan De Goey as he struggles to cope with the self-inflicted scandals that have earned him three nominations for The Frownlow Medal this year.

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.

“Jordan’s had a tough year this year and it’s important that everyone in the country gets behind him in this time of need,” began a statement from the Collingwood Magpies.

“Aussies need to get behind one of their heroes, just as they got behind the diggers in WWI, and get him through this rough patch. The most important thing here is to protect Jordan’s welfare going forward, so that he can get back to playing great footy and being such a great Australian.”

Specifically, Australians are being asked to understand the hardship of the modern-day footballer and the enormous stress of being paid a fortune to play a game that you love, even while thousands of people lost their jobs during the pandemic. In addition, Aussies are asked to consider the stress of having to fly all the way to the United States, on a sponsor-funded trip, just to do a few sit ups and push ups.

“We’re also asking all Aussies to send positive affirmations and messages of support via social media, including a few ‘special’ photos if you know what I mean ladies,” winked his agent.

“He wouldn’t mind if people threw in a bit of beer money too.”

Aussies are also being reminded to support his sponsors by buying lots of Monster Energy drinks.

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