Has Jack Watts been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

Footy fans are confused. They thought former AFL player Jack Watts had earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, but then reports indicated that he hadn’t. To add to the confusion, it’s the second time he has and hasn’t been nominated for Australian sport’s highest honour.

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.

Watts was originally charged with a driving offence in Adelaide in 2020. He was accused of drink-driving, failing to stop at a crash scene, failing to give particulars about the crash to a police officer, and driving without due care. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but then things got complicated. Lawyers intervened, and reporters starting using words like ‘revoke’, ‘summons’, ‘serve’ and ‘hearing’. At present, it’s hard to say whether Watts has a legal case to answer or not, and whether he can receive a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

The former Melbourne and Port Adelaide player has confused Frownlow judges in the past. In February 2019, a video emerged of him snorting a white substance off the chest of a woman, but his management claimed the substance was legal.

Watts has apparently implored his lawyer to clear the legal confusion and make him eligible for a bona fide nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Watts is desperate to attend the Frownlow awards night, where there is no doubt as to what footballers will be snorting off womens’ chests.

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Harley Bennell joins The Breachers.

AFL player Harley Bennell has become the latest professional footballer to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal for breaching COVID-19 protocols. Bennell apparently left the Melbourne Demons’ high performance centre on the Sunshine Coast to visit another premises outside of the bubble.

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.

Bennell has been removed from the centre to avoid possibly contaminating other players and was suspended for four matches, while the club was fined $50,000.

This is Bennell’s fourth nomination for The Frownlow Medal in three years, after he was nominated twice in 2017 and once last year, for incidents such as driving offences, alcohol abuse, drug use and being kicked off a flight.

With Melbourne currently sitting ninth on the ladder, the next time Bennell sees his teammates and fellow AFL players is likely to be at the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and the Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Christian Petracca and Jayden Hunt enjoy a Frownlow fondle.

Melbourne Demons players Christian Petracca and Jayden Hunt are the latest AFL players to earn a Frownlow nomination for inappropriate touching of a teammate. The players were caught on camera fondling each other’s private parts while their coach spoke to the the team on the field during the three-quarter break.

The incident earned the pair a nomination for The Frownlow Medal and comes just weeks after their AFL colleagues, especially from the Richmond Tigers, were caught, criticised and punished for doing exaclty the same thing.

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.

In the footage, Hunt appears to poke Petracca “in the centre square” and Petracca seems to enjoy the sensation so much that he returns the favour to Hunt.

The AFL players issued a statement to the press apologising to the public. Even their captain, Max Gawn, was forced to roll out the tired line that AFL players are role models with a responsibility to the AFL and the wider community.

The pair then spoke exclusively to The Frownlow Medal.

“Coach told us to improve our hand balls,” claimed Hunt.

“So this is what we did.”

“He told us to get our hands on the ball more often, to get right in there and punch some holes through the middle, because at that time Essendon were still really strong and it was a tough game. We don’t really know what the fuss is about. AFL is a physical game and a contact sport. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty”

The Demons currently sit outside the top eight, in ninth position, so it appears that their teammates’ crown jewels are the only silverware they will get their hands on this year.

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