James Roberts Allegedly Nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

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Brisbane Broncos player James Roberts has allegedly been nominated for The  Frownlow Medal after allegedly pulling a woman’s hair at a nightclub recently.

The flying centre allegedly approached the woman from behind and allegedly pulled her hair before allegedly being removed from the nightclub.

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.

This nomination is the second in as many years for the star player after he was accused of drunken abuse of a female staff member at a hotel, which earned him a $20,000 fine and a stint in a Thai rehab facility at the end of last year.

After checking out of the Thai rehab facility, he was allegedly reformed and allegedly avoiding trouble.

Roberts also divided opinion for leaving the birth of his child in order to play football for the Broncos last year and he was released by South Sydney and Penrith in previous seasons for controversial incidents, including smashing the window of a taxi.

After the alleged hair pulling incident, Roberts allegedly fell asleep in a taxi outside a McDonald’s and police allegedly bought him a burger before allegedly driving him to an apartment complex.

Police also allegedly tucked him into bed, allegedly read him a bedtime story and allegedly left the night light on.

 

Roberts is allegedly on his final warning with the NRL.

First published in January 2017.

Image: Nuna

James Roberts is the 50th Player to be Nominated for The Frownlow Medal in 2016.

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James Roberts raised a glass of soft drink to celebrate becoming the 50th footballer to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal in 2016.

The Brisbane Broncos speedster earned his nomination after a drunken incident at Normanby Hotel in Brisbane, in which he allegedly abused a female staff member and had to be restrained by security staff.

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. The first medal was awarded to Sydney Roosters and New Zealand representative Shaun Kenny-Dowall in 2015.

Roberts was excited by the nomination but believes he had earned it long ago.

 

“It’s about time,” he exclaimed.

“I’ve been fighting for this nomination since 2012 when I got drunk too many times and Souths sacked me.”

“Then I went to Penrith on my first second chance, and got sacked by them too after I smashed a taxi window, but I still didn’t get a call up for the Frownlow. All I got was a second second chance at the Titans.”

“When I was on the Gold Coast, I wanted to get amongst it, so I got myself arrested for public nuisance at Surfer’s Paradise, but still nothing. So, when I got my third second chance at the Broncos I thought, this is it, I’ve gotta go for it.

First I left my partner in labour at the hospital so I could play with the boys, but even though some people got stuck into me on social media, I still didn’t get noticed by the Frownlow judges. So, the other day I went to the Normanby where I was sure I’d be noticed and decided to get on the drink and go for it,” he explained.

“Finally I’ve been nominated, and to be the 50th, well, that’s really special.”

Asked about his chances of winning the 2016 Frownlow Medal in October, Roberts was cautiously optimistic.

“Yeah, look, I’ve got a chance. I mean, It’s not wife beating or bestiality, but I got thrown out of a bar and I’m hoping my history will help me get enough votes. But yeah, nah, mate, I just have to keep performing well and leave it up to the judges.”

First published in August 2016.

Image: Nuna