The Frownlow Medal welcomes back two of its biggest stars.

The Frownlow Medal is delighted to welcome back into its family Israel Folau and Jack de Belin after both moved one step closer to resuming their football careers. Folau and de Belin have been locked out of Australia’s most prestigious award but could return to the field very soon.

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.

Former NSW Blue de Belin is set to play for the St George-Illawarra Dragons reserve-grade team this weekend against Western Suburbs, and once he inevitably returns to first-grade, he will be eligible for The Frownlow Medal. Folau, meanwhile, has launched legal action to force his way back into the NRL via the Queensland lower-grade competition.

Tyhe back-rower has been allowed to play again after his court case for alleged sexual assault dragged on for years but was unable to find a verdict, and all charges were dropped. Folau was kicked out of rugby league and rugby union after multiple homophobic social media posts, but is desperately seeking Frownlow eligibility via a legal case funded by one of Australia’s richest men, Clive Palmer.

Folau’s legal team have accused the NRL and The Frownlow Medal of religious discrimination, and argue that:

“…Israel doesn’t drink, smoke or take drugs. He has never been charged with a criminal offence, he hasn’t assaulted any women…”

How then does he expect to win The Frownlow Medal?

Folau’s many supporters argue that his social media posts should never have been punished because they are an example of free speech.

NSW rugby league officials, meanwhile, have promised to provide extra security for de Belin “to ensure Jack de Belin’s return to rugby league is conducted in the right spirit”. They have advised that “…if anyone goes there with the intention of trying to disturb anyone’s proper enjoyment of the day, we need to be ready to deal with that…” and that anyone planning to display “offensive signs” aimed at de Belin will have those signs removed.

So much for free speech.

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Israel Folau opens yet another lawsuit.

Former football star Israel Folau has launched legal action against The Frownlow Medal claiming he did not win the award due to religious discrimination. Folau claims his numerous homophobic social media posts warranted a medal and that he will seek compensation through the courts.

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.

Folau has never won the biggest prize in Australian sport, despite being nominated in 2018 and 2019, and despite playing first-grade AFL, for the Wallabies, and for the Queensland State of Origin team. He is also attempting to fight his way back into the NRL, so he can take another shot at winning The Frownlow Medal.

The cross-code star revealed his intention to sue the judges of the prize during a press conference for his planned return to football with the Southport Tigers lower-grade rugby league team in Queensland. Folau has not played professional football of any kind in Australia since his latest homophobic social media post cost him his contract with Rugby Australia.

He claimed to be very confident of winning the court case as he has the financial backing of Clive Palmer and the most powerful ally of all – The Lord Almighty. Folau also accused the Frownlow judges of religious discrimination in not giving him the medal, which went to Karmichael Hunt in 2018, and Ben Barba in 2019, neither of whom profess any strong religious devotion.

Judges of the medal deny any accusations of religious discrimination, or any other form of discrimination, and invite Folau to read the articles on this website, and to peruse http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal to see that all nominees are judged by their actions alone.

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Jarryd Hayne vs Israel Folau in Battle of the Christians.

Israel Folau could face off against Jarryd Hayne for The Frownlow Medal in 2021 if the banished cross-code star is allowed back into professional football. The showdown is being billed as Battle of the Christians but can only happen if the NRL or Super Rugby let Folau sign a professional contract.

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.

Battle of the Christians would be magnificent,” claimed event promoters, the Australian Christian Lobby.

“In one corner is Jarryd Hayne, convicted rapist and Hillsong Church member. In the other corner is Israel Folau, a member of Truth of Jesus Christ Church and Australia’s most famous homophobe. It is only fitting that these two role models fight for Australia’s most prestigious medal.”

“This showdown would be bigger than the Crusades, bigger than the Reformation, bigger even than one of Paul Gallen’s boxing matches.”

The showdown is only possible if the NRL welcome Folau back to the code after he was kicked out of Rugby Union and Rugby League for one too many homophobic tweets. So desperate are event organisers to see Folau take on Hayne for the medal that they initiated a social media campaign under the hashtag LetHimPlay.

“This is a widespread and expensive campaign, and shows how serious we are about seeing two devout Christians contest The Frownlow Medal.”

“Many punters doubt Israel could defeat Jarryd for the Frownlow this year,” continued the spokesman.

“Yes, Jarryd was found guilty of rape, but if Israel was allowed to return, that would give him a licence to make increasingly outrageous and homophobic statements an a daily basis. Again, it might be argued that they’re only words, and nothing compared to sexually assaulting a young woman, but advocates and workers in various sectors remind us that deeply homophobic comments can have a devastating effect on members of the LGBTQI community, especially young people, and especially when those comments come from an athlete who is held up as a role model.”

“There could be grave consequences to giving Israel a platform to exercise his right to free speech. Consequences that would put him in contention to win The Frownlow Medal.”

The Australian Christian Lobby also advised against mocking their media campaign to have Folau reinstated.

“Remember, Scott Morrison is a fairweather football fan and a member of the Pentecostal church which shaped Jarryd Hayne, so we are confident of our influence in the halls of power. Admittedly, Israel did claim that Scott would go to hell, but Israel says that about everyone outside the 30-strong congregation of his church, and the PM has a famously short memory when it suits him.

What’s more, Frownlow judges even nominated a woman this year, so Israel certainly deserves a nomination.”

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Kotoni Staggs earns another Frownlow nomination.

NRL player Kotoni Staggs has earned his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal after an alleged homophobic slur during an incident at a pub.

Staggs is reported to have directed the homophobic comment at a member of the public during an incident at a pub in Dubbo during the off season, and was fined $10,000 by the NRL.

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 Brisbane star earned his first nomination in 2020 when he joined Broncos teammate for a night out which was in breach of COVID-19 protocols. He will not be issued with any further punishment for the latest incident, but will miss many games this season due to a serious injury.

Whole he rests, Staggs can use this time to consult with Israel Folau on how to deal with issues of sexuality in the modern world.

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Was Moses Homophobic?

Moses is famous for his divisive actions, but did you know that he was also homophobic? He is not the first of his kind to stigmatise homosexuality, and he may not be the last. NRL player Mitchell Moses was once sanctioned for homophobic comments and has earned himself a nomination for The Frownlow 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 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.

Moses was given a two-match ban for directing a homophobic comment at a Queensland player during a junior State of Origin match in 2014. Mitchell called Luke Bateman a “fucking gay cunt” and his slur was picked up by the TV microphone. Viewers heard it loud and clear.

The comment is not quite in the same league as Australia’s most famous homophobe, Israel Folau, but it introduced young Moses to the big time and to the NRL Integrity Unit. Will Moses go down in history as one who divided, and will he join the greats in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

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Margaret Court denied Australia’s highest honour.

Controversial tennis star Margaret Court has been ruled ineligible for the greatest prize in Australia on the eve of the country’s national day of celebration. Court and her supporters are furious that she will never win The Frownlow Medal or be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame despite a lifetime of bigoted public statements.

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.

Conservative commentators have slammed the decision and attacked the judges of The Frownlow Medal for pandering to woke, left-wing, latte sipping, inner-city progressives.

“This is a disgrace,” blasted her supporters.

“Margaret Court deserves to win the Frownlow or be in the hall of fame, but she hasn’t even been nominated. Israel Folau got nominated twice for his homophobia, and heaps of players from NRL, AFL and Rugby were nominated just for ‘liking’ his comments on social media, but Margaret got nothing,” they argued.

“The simple fact is that if Margaret was a footy player, she’d be in the hall of fame for sure.”

As a tennis player, Court won numerous grand slams and is Australia’s most successful player. Since retiring, however, she has regularly made the news for grossly intolerant statements which are completely out of touch with modern Australian society.

Court’s controversial statements are many, and are targeted especially at gay and lesbian relationships, due to her strong religious beliefs. She once wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper lamenting the decision of fellow Aussie tennis player Casey Dellacqua to have a child within a same-sex relationship.

“It is with sadness that I see that this baby has seemingly been deprived of a father,” she wrote.

Court has also been quoted as saying that transgender children are the work of the devil, and she was branded a racist and a homophobe by fellow tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Further comments linked childhood gender dysphoria to Hitler and communism, and praised the apartheid system of South Africa.

“Even her racism didn’t get her nominated,” stated her supporters. “So many footy players have been nominated for racist comments but again Margaret got nothing from The Frownlow Medal.”

Frownlow judges reminded Court’s supporters that the award is only open to footballers, not tennis players. Instead, the Christian pastor will have to content herself with the Officer of the Order of Australia she already holds, and the upgraded Companion of the Order of Australia she will receive on January 26.

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Australia’s biggest homophobe fails to win The Frownlow Medal.

Former Rugby Union player Israel Folau has failed in his bid to win The Frownlow Medal, despite posting a homophobic message on social media which sparked a huge social controversy.

Folau claimed that homosexuals will go to Hell, in accordance with his conservative Christian views. The post cost Folau his multi-million dollar contract with Rugby Australia and divided opinion across the country.

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

The talented footballer was sacked because he had already been warned about a similar post some months earlier. He then engaged in a lengthy court battle with Rugby Australia and missed out on playing in the world cup where the Wallabies performed poorly.

The post set off one of the most controversial debates of the year, as politicians, talk back radio hosts, breakfast show presenters, Christians, the LGBTQI community and members of the public shared their views on the topic.

The enormous controversy, however, was still not enough to win Folau the biggest prize in Australian sport.

Why not?

Because 2019 was the most most competitive year in the history of The Frownlow Medal, with players being charged with sexual assault, violence against women, stabbing, drug and alcohol abuse and gambling on their own games. A misguided social media post was simply not enough this year.

The controversy also means that one of the most talented footballers of the modern era may never play League or Union again. He will never play AFL again, but is unlikely to be missed by fans of that sport.

He’ll be forced to watch football, and The Frownlow Medal, from the sidelines. At least his Frownlow failure will give his army of Christian soldiers something else to complain about.

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Israel Folau seeks divine intervention in the race for The Frownlow Medal.

Rugby Union player Israel Folau has looked to the heavens for assistance to win The Frownlow Medal in what has become the toughest year ever to claim the prestigious award.

Folau asked the almighty to raise him above a depraved bunch of drunks, fornicators, exhibitionists and alleged rapists who have also been nominated for the most sought-after award in Australian sport.

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.

Folau refused to remove a homophobic tweet and when his contract was subsequently torn up by Rugby Australia, he earned favouritism for Frownlow honours. However, he faces tough opposition.

Challenging the controversial tweet are multiple allegations of violence against women. Rugby League players Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin are still involved in court cases concerning allegations of sexual assault, while Zane Musgrove was kicked out of the NRL for a case of violence against women. His partner in crime on that occasion, Liam Coleman, also remains in the running for the Frownlow.

Ben Barba, meanwhile, was accused of assaulting his partner and the mother of his children, and even though the allegations were dropped, they cost him his contract with the Cowboys and he is no longer playing in the NRL.

Dylan Walker was favoured to win, until he was found not guilty of assaulting his partner, which means that the front runner at this stage of the season is another Cowboys player, Scott Bolton.

Bolton pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a nightclub and, as a result, remains the only footballer to have been awarded a Wife Beater Tattoo, and is the player with the strongest claim to The Frownlow Medal.

Fellow NRL players have put their hands up. Micheal Chee Kam and Tautau Moga clashed with ride share drivers, and Jaeman Salmon was found guilty of driving offences. Meanwhile, Dylan Napa, Tyrone May, Tyrone Phillips and Coleman all appeared in lewd sex tapes on the internet.

The Folau tweet was ‘liked’ by in a host of fellow players from AFL, Super Rugby and the NRL, who also received nominations, while a number of AFL players earned nominations for alcohol-related incidents.

Ken Ilso is the lone nominee for the A-League, which yet again failed to match the other football codes in the race for The Frownlow Medal.

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God endorses candidates for The Frownlow Medal.

It’s official. God has spoken. The omnipotent being has given his blessing to the comments of Israel Folau and all of the footballers who supported the comments, and has endorsed their candidature for The Frownlow Medal.

God inspired Folau to post on social media that homosexuals would go to hell. Folau’s post was widely criticised but it received many likes from active footballers across three codes, who said it aligned with their Christian beliefs.

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.

Players were ‘outed’ for liking Folau’s post, and some of them apologised, or claimed to have supported the post without investigating its content. Others, such as Wallabies hooker Taniela Tupou, and Queensland Reds captain Samu Kerevi, defended their right to support Foloau because of their strong Christian faith.

Even the son of God, Gary Ablett Jr, was drawn into the controversy when he ‘liked’ the post on social media.

The following players at one point ‘liked’ Foloau’s instagram post:

Tupou

Kerevi

Ablett Jr.

Matthew Kennedy (AFL)

Tolu Latu (Super Rugby)

Allan Alaalatoa (Super Rugby)

Marika Koroibete (Super Rugby)

Brad Takaraingi (NRL)

Curtis Rona (Super Rugby)

Manu Ma’u (NRL)

Tim Mannah (NRL)

Michael Jennings (NRL)

Anthony Milford (NRL)

The judges of The Frownlow Medal have let it be known that they will not be attending confession if Folau or any of his brethren fail to win The Frownlow Medal this year.

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Karmichael Hunt unites the codes in winning The Frownlow Medal for 2018

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Karmichael Hunt has become the fourth Rugby League player and the first Rugby Union and AFL player to win The Frownlow Medal.

The code-swapping star has played Rugby League, AFL and, most recently, Rugby Union at the highest level, and won the prestigious award after pleading guilty to possession of an illicit substance for the second time in his footballing career. The Queensland Reds player came close to Frownlow glory in 2015, when he recorded his first drug charge, and secured victory this year for repeating the offence.

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 Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 before Corey Norman in 2016 and Tim Simona in 2017.

Hunt fought off a strong attack from NRL player Jack Wighton, who received a 10-match ban and a fine after taking the Viking Clap into a bar in Canberra during the off-season and emerging with a charge of assault.

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Zane Musgrove challenged for the award with a charge of domestic violence, but lost out to Hunt when the charge was dropped to property damage. Musgrove reportedly ripped a gate off it’s hinges during an early morning argument with his girlfriend.

James Tedesco is the NSW and Australia no 1 and was Frownlow nominee no 1 this year. He made his bid as early as October 2017, when he scuffled with Italy teammate Shannon Wakeman during the Rugby League World Cup. This ushered in a series of nominations for friendly fire. Fellow NRL players and Manly teammates Daly Cherry-Evans and Jackson Hastings had a lovers’ tiff in a strip club after too many refreshments. Rugby Union player Amanaki Mafi rebelled against the Rebels when he landed one on Melbourne teammate Lopeti Timani during a night out.

George Smith provided the most entertaining tale of any nominee. The former Wallaby was arrested in Tokyo for refusing to pay a fare and running way from a taxi driver while drunk on NYE. Smith had been playing professionally in Japan and allegedly assaulted the driver after being chased down. Yes, chased down by a taxi driver. His obvious lack of speed is probably why he didn’t play many games for the Queensland Reds this season.

Mad Monday provided yet another opportunity for players to stake their claim for Frownlow honours. Adam Elliott and Asipeli Fine got naked and led fellow Canterbury Bulldogs in a debaucherous drinking session at a Sydney pub, which was captured by a photographer and splashed across the front page of a newspaper.

NRL player Josh Dugan and AFL player Jordan de Goey made their annual attempt on The Frownlow Medal, while public urination proved popular for players like Nick Phipps, who marked his territory in a Sydney pub during his buck’s night.

Fellow code-swapper Israel Folau earned a nomination and a lot of criticism for a series of homophobic, religious tweets. Interestingly, the footballers who ‘liked’ Folau’s tweets received no such criticism.

The A-League earned only one nomination this year. Avraam Papadopoulos received a suspended jail sentence for illegally betting on football games when he played in Greece. Thus, unless Hunt or Folau decide to add ‘Soccer’ to their resumes, The World Game looks unlikely to win the highly sought-after award. The question then must be asked, why do so few A-League players receive nominations for The Frownlow Medal?

Hunt now has time to select his outfit and contact his supplier before heading to Australian sport’s night of nights, the award ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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