Brandon Smith puts bros before hoes.

Roosters players will be pleased to know that their new recruit Brandon Smith will always put them before their WAGs. Smith recently landed himself in controversy after admitting that he lied to police in order to protect a former teammate accused of violence against women, and he has earned his second nomination for The Fronwlow 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 NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

Smith admitted to lying to police about a witness statement he signed in regards to accusations of domestic violence against former Melbourne Storm teammate Curtis Scott. Scott is currently facing court for multiple charges of abusing his former girlfriend, and has also been nominated for Frownlow honours on numerous occasions.

Scott was arrested after allegations of physical and verbal abuse of his former partner during a two-year relationship. The charges include four counts of common assault, stalk or intimidate with the intention of causing fear or physical harm, intentionally choke a person without consent, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentionally choke a person with recklessness. He has pleaded not guilty.

During the police investigation, Smith said he thought some questions on the statement were “anti-Curtis”, and that he was pressured into signing a statement by his own girlfriend, saying:

“Savannah’s obviously on Tay’s side,” he said. “I feel like they were constantly talking and trying to get me to sign (the statement),” he said.

The police prosecutor also supported the notion that Smith puts bros before hoes.

“He doesn’t want to be seen as a person who goes against his teammates,” she said.

“His reputation could be quite damaged in a team environment for ‘dogging’ on a teammate.”

The prosecutor also asked the hooker/backrower if as an NRL player his role was to be an “upstanding member of the community”.

The number of NRL players who have been nominated for Frownlow honours since 2015 would suggest this is not the case.

Smith was also among his bros when he earned his first Fronwlow nomination in 2021, after being filmed partying a little too hard at the end of the Storm’s season.

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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.

Dustin Martin has great touch.

Dustin Martin is regarded as one of the best AFL players of his generation, due largely to his great hands. He demonstrated his golden touch recently in a leaked video which has earned him yet another nomination for The Fronwlow 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 NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

Martin appears in a leaked video reaching around from behind a woman and grabbing her breast as she sits on the lap of another man, before he is seen walking away laughing. Sources believe the video was taken as far back as 2015, but only surfaced in the last week or so.

The Richmond superstar is supposed to play in the all important elimination final against Brisbane in a matter of hours.

Dusty’s golden touch has landed him in trouble in the past.

He was suspended for 2 weeks in 2012 for missing a training session. In 2013, he was caught running a red light, and a year later was fined after driving suspended. His greatest off-field achievement came in 2015, when he used his delicate hands to hold chopsticks and threatened to drive them into a woman’s eye at a Japanese restaurant.

Will Dusty play against the Lions tonight?

Will he be punished for this incident, or will he prove yet again that if you’re good enough, you get away with anything?

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More NRL players to boycott Women In League Round.

EXCLUSIVE: The NRL is reeling from the news that more players will boycott games during Women In League round due to their personal convictions.

The players have followed the lead of the Manly Seven but are protesting gender equality instead of inclusion and diversity. Manly lost a vital game to the Sydney Roosters on Friday night after 7 of their starting players refused to wear a rainbow jersey, and are in danger of missing the top 8. The ensuing protests could see more teams miss out on finals footy.

The annual Women In League round pays tribute to all women involved in rugby league and promotes the rights of women in society in general, but this does not align with the personal values or past actions of the following players:

Addin Fonua-Blake: The Warriors strong man lost his contract with the Dragons in 2016 after pleading guilty to charges of domestic assault against his partner.

Matt Lodge: Lodge assaulted women before famously getting locked up in the United States. He was charged with eight counts of domestic violence against his then partner in 2015. He pleaded guilty to one and eventually had no conviction recorded with a good behaviour bond on appeal the following year.

Dylan Walker and Tigers forward Zane Musgrove don’t have a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Fronwlow Medal, but have both been charged with violence against women on more than one occasion – they just haven’t been found guilty.

Walker was expected to sit out the Roosters clash because he has been seen physically assaulting his partner on more than one occasion and has been to court due to the charges, but his partner has always found a reason to forgive him. Lodge also played in Friday’s game. When asked why he wasn’t protesting Women In League, he replied:

“What’s Women In League round?”

Api Koroisau (Panthers) and Jai Arrow (Rabbitohs) did battle in State of Origin 2021, the same year they did battle for the title of Partner of the Year. Both players cheated on their partners when they smuggled other women into their rooms during Origin camps, and as well as breaching strict COVID-19 biosecurity protocols, showed great disrespect to the women in their lives. Jack de Belin of the Dragons is another candidate for this title. He was found not guilty of sexual assault, but on that night had sex with a woman while his partner was at home carrying his unborn child. Meanwhile, Bryce Cartwright of the Eels won the title in 2017 when he used a ‘fixer’ to silence a young woman who gave birth to his child that he refused to help raise.

Bulldogs winger Jayden Okunbor earned his Frownlow nomination for sleeping with a schoolgirl after an official school visit with the Canterbury team, as did then teammate and current Raiders player Corey Harawira-Naera, who decided to share his love with a local teacher as well as a student.

Broncos forward Payne Haas pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidating police, including a female officer, in 2021, but his latest off-field combatant was one of his own teammates, so maybe he does believe in gender equality.

Sources inside various clubs have revealed that the following players are still deciding whether or not to boycott:

George Burgess (Dragons) was charged with sexual touching of a woman in 2022, and his case is still before the courts.

Anthony Milford (Knights) and Tui Kamikamica (Storm) were both charged with violence against women but found not guilty.

The NRL is about to learn what happens when their players collide with the real world.

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Adam Heuskes nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Adam Heuskes has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being accused of rape twice in two years.

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.

Heuskes was accused of rape in 1999 and 2000 while still playing AFL.

The first incident is alleged to have occurred in London while Heuskes was on an end of season trip, and became the subject of an episode of Four Corners on the ABC.

In that episode, a woman known as Sarah alleged that she met Heuskes in a London pub and stayed at the house of a mutual friend that evening. In that house, the woman claimed that Heuskes raped her while at least four of his Brisbane Lions teammates watched on.

Sarah is said to have reported the incident two weeks later to Scotland Yard detectives, but by then Heuskes and his teammates were back in Australia. All players disputed the claim and no charges were laid.

In July 2000, Heuskes quit the Lions, citing boredom. A fortnight later, he was accused of raping another woman, this time outside a nightclub in Adelaide. Six weeks after the allegations, however, the South Australian DPP, Paul Rofe, withdrew the charges saying there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction on any criminal charges.

The woman was eventually paid $200,000 as part of a confidentiality agreement.

Heuskes was never found guilty of either charge. He is now happily married, and is free to attend this year’s awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Brennan Stack joins The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Brennan Stack is the latest footballer to join The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters Club after pleading guilty to violently assaulting women.

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.

Horrific CCTV footage shows Stack and another man, Shai Martin, attacking two young women in a Perth carpark in March 2022. The women were left with serious injuries and were taken to hospital, while a third woman was also assaulted during the incident.

According to the CCTV footage, Stack is shown punching and hitting one of the women until she passes out. Martin then appears to drag one of the women along the ground by her hair, while both men are seen kicking a woman in the head. One of the women attempts to escape by crawling along the ground, but is seen and prevented from escaping. Reports also indicate that the players stomped on the victims’ heads and threw a bottle at one – at times while the women were unconscious.

Footage indicates that the incident ends when the police arrive.

What started the assault?

Apparently an argument over car doors slamming into one another.

Stack had been a mentor in the AFL community and took up the head coaching role at Nollamara Football Club in 2022, but was removed from the role once news broke of this incident.

The former Western Bulldogs player joins the following professional footballers in The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

NRL

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano

Ben Barba

Jake Friend

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake

Kirisome Auva’a

Jarryd Hayne

Jamil Hopoate

Joel Romelo

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Liam Jurrah

Andrew Lovett

Wayne Carey

Albert Proud

Brennan Stack

Rugby Union

Craig Wells

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Brennan Stack earns a Wife Beater Tattoo.

Former AFL player Brennan Stack has earned a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Frownlow Medal after pleading guilty to violently assaulting women.

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.

Horrific CCTV footage caught Stack and another man, Shai Martin, attacking two young women in March 2022. The women were left with serious injuries and were taken to hospital, while a third woman was also assaulted during the incident.

According to the CCTV footage, Stack is shown punching and hitting one of the women until she passes out. Martin then appears to drag one of the women along the ground by her hair, while both men are seen kicking a woman in the head. One of the women attempts to escape by crawling along the ground, but is seen and prevented from escaping. Reports also indicate that the players stomped on the victims’ heads and threw a bottle at one – at times while the women were unconscious.

Footage indicates that the incident ends when the police arrive.

What started the alleged assault?

Apparently an argument over car doors slamming into one another.

Stack had been a mentor in the AFL community and took up the head coaching role at Nollamara Football Club in 2022, but was removed from the role once news broke of the incident.

The former Western Bulldogs player will receive his Wife Beater Tattoo in prison where he has been remanded in custody before a further trial later in the year. The tattoo will be inked on the arm he used to assault his victims.

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The mystery surrounding Tui Kamikamica.

NRL player Tui Kamikamica is the most mysterious nominee for The Fronwlow Medal this year after being cleared and punished for the same incident.

Kamikamica was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after an altercation with a female in Fortitude Valley in November 2021, and was cleared by the courts. However, the NRL issued him with a breach notice, a fine and a suspension.

The Storm player is thus eligible and ineligible for The Frownlow Medal for exactly the same incident.

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 legal system dismissed the charges in April 2022, but the NRL conducted its own investigation and alleged Kamikamica had brought the game into disrepute. He was fined $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) and stood down for 10 games. He was also required to complete “mandatory personal development and tailored rehabilitation programs with NRL Wellbeing & Education”.

The NRL based its decision on CCTV footage of the incident which allegedly shows Kamikamica in a physical altercation with a female.

So, will Kamikamica be in the running for the prestigious award when it is decided at the end of 2022?

The mystery surrounding the rampaging forward also poses another hugely important question: is he eligible for The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beater Tattoo and The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters Club?

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Brennan Stack nominated for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former AFL player Brennan Stack has been nominated for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame after being charged with brutally assaulting women in a Peth car park.

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.

Horrific CCTV footage appears to show Stack and another man, Shai Martin, allegedly attacking two young women on March 20. The women were left with serious injuries and were taken to hospital, while a third woman was allegedly assaulted during the incident.

According to the CCTV footage, Stack is allegedly shown punching and hitting one of the women until she passes out. Martin then appears to drag one of the women along the ground by her hair, while both men are seen kicking a woman in the head. One of the women attempts to escape by crawling along the ground, but is seen and prevented from escaping. Reports also indicate that the players stomped on the victims’ heads and threw a bottle at one – at times while the women were unconscious.

Footage indicates that the incident ends when the police arrive.

What started the alleged assault?

Apparently an argument over car doors slamming into one another.

The men have been charged with intentionally causing bodily harm. Stack had been a mentor in the AFL community and took up the head coaching role at Nollamara Football Club in 2022, but was removed from the role once news broke of this incident.

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Albert Proud joins The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Albert Proud is the latest professional footballer to join The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club after pleading guilty to assaulting his former partner.

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 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.

Proud was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for seriously injuring his girlfriend during a drunken assault in 2015. He pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and wilful damage, but could have faced a murder charge had the woman not received medical attention immediately after the assault.

Reports indicate that Proud punched his girlfriend in the chest and attempted to strangle her after getting drunk at a friend’s wedding. The injuries were so severe that the woman spent 33 days in hospital and suffered lasting injuries.

This was not the first allegation of assault against Proud. The Brisbane Lions suspended him in 2009 after accusations of assault from a 23-year-old woman in a Gold Coast nightclub. Proud took leave from the club a year later to deal with alcohol issues. The Lions finally parted ways with him in 2011 after he assaulted a police officer.

Proud joins the following players in The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

NRL

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano

Ben Barba

Jake Friend

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake

Kirisome Auva’a

Jarryd Hayne

Jamil Hopoate

Joel Romelo

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Liam Jurrah

Andrew Lovett

Wayne Carey

Albert Proud

Rugby Union

Craig Wells

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