Ben Barba is a great ambassador.

Ben Barba is so committed to his role as ambassador for The Frownlow Medal that he had himself thrown in jail for alleged assault. The 2019 medallist is accused of assaulting his brother-in-law recently and was nominated for The Fronwlow 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.

Barba was remanded in custody and will spend time in jail for the alleged assault after being refused bail in Mackay, Queensland. The 2012 Dally M medallist was earlier arrested for allegedly assaulting his partner, and the mother of his four children, with whom he separated six months ago. Barba was also accused of assaulting Currie in 2019, and this is one of the charges which cost him his contract with the North Queensland Cowboys, and his NRL career.

Barba talked about the prestige of winning The Frownlow Medal in 2019 and promised to do everything he could to honour the award and protect its reputation. He has done exactly that in the intervening years, including this latest incident.

The current charges against the former premiership winner include assault occasioning bodily harm, and he was refused bail because the judge decided he is at risk of reoffending.

The former NRL star has a long history of off-field incidents.

In 2009, he got into a drunken fight with Canterbury teammates Jamal Idris and Lee Te Maari in Wentowrthville and was dropped to reserve grade. Then in 2013 he was stood down by the Bulldogs for behavioural reasons and checked into rehab for gambling and alcohol problems. The same year, he was accused, and later cleared, of assaulting Currie.

After starring in the grand final win for the Sharks in 2016, he tested positive to cocaine and lost his contract, before heading to Thailand for rehab. He then signed with the Cowboys in 2019, only to lose the contract after being charged with assault yet again.

Barba will be a guest of honour at the Frownlow awards night later this year, and everyone has been told to keep their female partners well away from him.

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Saving David Fifita.

Feature film Saving David Fifita is set to hit cinemas in time for the July school holidays. The family-friendly blockbuster follows the NRL champion and the efforts of two clubs to bail him out of messy legal situations, as well as his attempts to win The Frownlow Medal.

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.

Fifita takes centre stage in the fast-paced flick which details his time in police custody in Bali, and his trespassing charge in Queensland in late 2020, as well as the efforts of the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans to save their highly-paid star and get him back onto the footy field.

The Queensland Origin star was arrested in December 2020 after trespassing at a Gold Coast property. Residents claim an intoxicated Fifita walked into a bedroom where a woman was sleeping, and they called the police. Fifita was then arrested on the street, but he was released with a caution, because he claimed he was simply looking for another resident and accidentally walked into the wrong bedroom.

The NRL has since reopened the investigation into the incident, and Fifita has earned a third Frownlow nomination, because it has been revealed the Titans arranged a $10,000 payment to the property residents. As a result, Fifita is expected to be served a breach notice, and could miss game 2 of State of Origin.

Saving David Fifita also features previously unseen footage of the Broncos bailing him out of jail in Bali in 2019, when he earned his first Frownlow nomination. The rampaging back-rower was arrested for an alleged assault outside a nightclub in Seminyak. On that occasion, he was freed after a representative from the Broncos flew to Bali to arrange his release. Exactly how that release was secured is known to only a few people. What is known is that after the Broncos got him out of police custody in a foreign country, Fifita signed with the Titans.

It is believed the Titans have now established the Fifita Fund, and are putting money aside in case their star player needs to be saved from the law in the future.

Saving David Fifita will screen at all major cinemas throughout July. Check local guides for details.

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Matt Lodge to counsel Jack de Belin.

Matt Lodge has kindly offered to coach fellow NRL player Jack de Belin in how to handle the boos and jeers from the crowd during his first few games back in first-grade.

Lodge was savagely booed every time he ran onto the field and touched the ball when he made his return to first-grade after a stint in prison, and expects de Belin to suffer the same treatment.

“It’s really tough being booed and screamed at every time you touch the ball,” said Lodge.

“It’ll happen to Jack and even though we’re on different teams, I told him that I’m here for him any time he wants to talk about it or needs support with his mental health and wellbeing, and help moving forward.”

Lodge will work on specific self-esteem and relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises and one technique in particular which is sure to improve de Belin’s mood:

“Just look at your bank balance”

“I’ll also tell Jack that eventually everyone will just forget about it, and the next thing you know you’ll be playing Origin again. You’ll probably play for Australia soon, especially with all these players getting injured or suspended for head-high tackles.”

Lodge spent time in Rikers Island jail in The USA after being found guilty of threatening to kill a young woman in New York, forcing his way into her apartment, assaulting a man who tried to defend the woman and forcing his way into the man’s apartment, before smashing it up and threatening the man’s wife and young child who had locked themselves in their bathroom. Lodge had already being charged with domestic violence in Australia, and been served with an AVO. This is why he was, at the time, the most hated man in rugby league.

“Luckily, Jack will soon be the most hated man in rugby league, and they’ll forget about my crimes. I’ll make sure I’m there to help him through it.”

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David Dench awarded honorary Doctorate from The Frownlow Medal University.

Former AFL player David Dench has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after serving time in prison for defrauding a university. Dench spent four months in jail in 2008 as punishment for his role in a scheme to defraud Victoria University out of millions of dollars.

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 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 former North Melbourne fullback and captain was charged specifically with nine counts of obtaining property by deception and aiding and abetting the receipt of a secret commission.

Dench entered the AFL Hall of Fame in 2008 and was voted North Melbourne best and fairest on four occasions. This makes him the only member of the AFL Hall of Fame to have served time behind bars, but not the first Hall of Famer to be nominated for Frownlow Medal honours. In this elite club, he joins Gary Ablett Sr., Jason Akermanis, Glenn Archer, Wayne Carey, Robert DiPierdomenico and James Hird.

Judges of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame have reminded Mr. Dench that any attempt to defraud Australia’s most prestigious inter-code award will destroy his chances of induction and deny him the chance of sitting beside some of Australia’s greatest footballers.

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The real life soap opera surrounding inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

The inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for 2019 have been announced and they include a man at the centre of the most famous crime in recent Australian history as well as the partner of one of the country’s most popular soap stars.

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 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 Dramatic

Former Rugby League player Chris Dawson is the subject of a massively popular podcast called The Teacher’s Pet, which chronicles the investigation into the murder of his wife Lynette. Dawson has not been found guilty of the murder which remains unsolved, but he has been charged with having sex with an underage girl during the 1980s. Furthermore, Dawson’s 16-year-old student and lover moved into his home two days after Lynette disappeared.

The second Australian drama to star in this year’s hall of fame is Home and Away. One of its most recognisable stars, Kate Ritchie, made the news when her husband, and former NRL player Stuart Webb, had an AVO placed on him by police following an incident at the couple’s home. Webb is also believed to have had battles with drug and alcohol abuse.

The Bad Boys

John Elias is one of the true bad boys of Rugby League. During and after his playing career he was sent to jail numerous times for crimes such as match fixing, possessing military-style weapons, assault, drug supply and shooting a business partner in the leg.

Chris Yarran was nominated for a drug-fuelled rampage during which he assaulted a police officer and tried to steal his gun, and the AFL star was sent to prison for crimes including theft, assault and property damage.

Robbie ‘Mad Dog’ Muir was known for his volatile temperament on the AFL field, and carried it off the field. He pleaded guilty to throwing a kitchen knife at police, who were searching for him after he threw a bar stool at a bar tender who refused to serve him alcohol…at 7.30am.

The Wife Beaters

Three players will earn the coveted Frownlow Wife Beaters tattoo at this year’s awards ceremony.

Former NRL player Brett Seymour was accused of beating his wife so badly that she ended up in a serious condition in hospital. He is also said to have had ongoing problems with drugs and alcohol. Another League player, Ken McGuinness, was charged with breaching an AVO and assaulting a woman, while AFL star Liam Jurrah pleaded guilty to breaching an AVO and punching his ex wife, as well as threatening another woman with a broken bottle. He subsequently spent time in prison.

The Bizarre

The Frownlow Medal always uncovers the ridiculous antics of Australia’s footy heroes, and this year is no different.

Former NRL player Ben Kennedy was arrested after he broke into a high security Australian Border Force Detector Dog base, without being detected. Somewhat disconcertingly, Kennedy was found in shorts and thongs sheltering from the cold in a truck whose window he had smashed. Kennedy blamed a mixture of alcohol and pain medication.

Rhys Palmer challenges Kennedy for most bizarre nomination. The ex-AFL player threw shoes onto a race track during a harness race event in Western Australia. A shoe hit a horse and Palmer was arrested.

Brian Lake, meanwhile, made a concerted effort to earn his induction. He once spent a night in prison with his then wife, and was also thrown into a cell in Japan some years later. He has also been charged with unlawful assault, burglary, stalking and criminal damage, and was recently banned from local football after repeated on-field offences. He damaged his reputation irrevocably when he appeared as a contestant on Australian Survivor.

These lucky players have received the highest honour in Australian sport, and will be formally inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame at the upcoming awards night.

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Locked up Liam nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Liam Jurrah has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame following assault and driving offences which have seen him jailed numerous times since he retired from football.

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 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 former Melbourne Demons star quit AFL in 2012 and in 2013 was charged with the first offence of drink driving and involvement in a car chase with police. He failed to attend the court hearing for this charge and was banned from driving for two years.

In the same year he was charged with four counts of aggravated assault and after pleading guilty to one charge of assault was jailed for six months.

Just a year later the boy from Yuendumu was charged with aggravated assault of a woman and with threatening her with a knife and a tyre iron, for which he was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Jurrah’s post-football life was apparently back on track until 2017 when he was again before the court after allegations of violence.

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