Cameron Munster enters Role Model Rehab.

NRL player Cameron Munster has entered Role Model Rehab after earning a nomination for The Fronwlow Medal for appearing in a leaked video in the presence of cocaine.

Munster follows a well-trodden path of footballing role models who have undertaken formal rehabilitation for abuse of drugs or alcohol, and he has promised to avoid consuming alcohol for 12 months. He has also promised to be a better role model.

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.

Munster appeared shirtless and dancing on a table beside a quantity of cocaine in the leaked video, alongside Storm teammates Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis, plus other men. Following negative press from the video, Munster was given a suspended $100,000 fine, suspended for one match and forced to attend rehab. He has also been told to avoid alcohol for a year.

The Queensland Origin star was also dropped from the Storm leadership group, which comprises fellow Frownlow nominees Jesse Bromwich (aka Captain Cocaine) and Christian Welch.

Munster told the media:

“I want the kids out there to know that my behaviour was not OK. I owe it to you to be a better role model, and I’ll strive to do that in future.”

Included in Munster’s punishment is a requirement to provide coaching and education for young men and women entering the elite sporting system, because he is such as great role model.

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Ben Rogers assaulted men in the name of charity.

Former NRL player Ben Rogers assaulted two men in Newcastle in 2013 but claimed it was all in the name of charity. Rogers received a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame because of the incident which he claims was taken out of context.

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.

“I did it for charity,” Rogers argued, after being found guilty of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm during a fight at a taxi rank involving two men and a woman.

“The guys I got into a fight with refused to donate more money to the charity, so I threatened to smash their faces in. Also, they took my taxi,” Rogers explained.

The incident occurred outside Wests Leagues in Lambton while Rogers was playing for the Newcastle Knights, and erupted at the conclusion of the Down Town Ball, a charity function in support of Down Syndrome NSW for which Rogers was the Hunter Region ambassador. Two men suffered facial injuries, and one required stitches in hospital.

The victims of the assault reportedly donated a small amount of money to the charity, but that wasn’t enough for Rogers, who took his ambassadorial role very seriously. Rogers was found guilty and received a twelve-month good behaviour bond and a thousand-dollar fine, as well as being stood down by the Knights.

Starting a fight at a charity event is bizarre, but professional footballers are capable of anything. Is Rogers capable of earning a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

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Crowdfunding page established for Lachlan Lewis.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for NRL player Lachlan Lewis after is was discovered that he can’t afford a pair of speakers. Organisers of The Frownlow Medal have established the page to celebrate his nomination and support him during this time of financial hardship.

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.

Lewis was allegedly caught by CCTV footage entering a room in the team hub in Queensland while wearing a hoodie, and stealing a soundbar speaker before placing it on eBay for sale. He has been stood down from the Canterbury Bulldogs while the NRL investigates the incident, which could end his NRL career. No one knows exactly why he did it and whether it was a practical joke, but sources can confirm that the speakers are so valuable they are out of reach for someone earning $A450,000 a year. For this reason, the Frownlow family is asking for Aussies to dig deep and help out one of our heroes.

Many people have lost work or income during COVID-19, so members of the public are being asked to reach into their hearts to help another innocent victim of the pandemic. The target is $3,000,000, and includes the likely future earnings of a talented young playmaker, who could have thrown his career away with this one bizarre act, as well as any associated legal costs.

Sources close to Lewis suspect he needed new speakers to launch a side hustle as a singer, podcaster, ASMR creator or Youtube star under the name of Lachie LooLoo. The ambitious sum will also help to pay for counselling when he inevitably blames mental health issues for the scandal.

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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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Payne Haas confesses to intimidation.

NRL player Payne Haas has admitted to intimidation but denies charges of intimidating police officers. The young superstar claims he was attempting to intimidate Queenslanders when he was arrested and that he would never mistreat police because “…they wear blue.”

Haas explained that he was hurling abuse at Queenslanders ahead of the 2021 footy season when he was arrested in Tweed Heads recently, because he is still angry at losing the 2020 State of Origin series.

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.

“I wanna win Origin this year,” stated Haas.

“I can’t believe we lost to their reserve grade team last year, and I’m not gonna go through that again this year – so I went as close to Queensland as possible and started just yelling stuff at random Queenslanders from across the border.”

“I just love intimidating Queenslanders, but I couldn’t get into the state because of the whole coronavirus restrictions, so I just had to yell at them from the other side of the river. If we wanna win Origin this year, we’ve gotta get in early, especially if they get all their top players back this year.”

Police arrested Haas on charges of intimidation and verbal abuse, and reports allege that he was intoxicated at the time.

“I still don’t know why I was arrested. I reckon the cops must secretly be Queenslanders.”

The talented prop was lost for words, however, when he was reminded that he plays his club football for Queensland’s most popular team.

It’s not the forward’s first run in with police. In 2019 he appeared in court over two drink-driving incidents, and in the same year he was suspended and fined by the Broncos for refusing to cooperate with the NRL integrity unit in relation to two off-field incidents.

Whether or not the young New South Welshman’s efforts prove effective will be known later in the year.

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Kung Fu Cody nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

Cody Walker hasn’t played a game of NRL for so long that he thought he was a MMA fighter, and kicked a man in the chest during a street brawl. Video footage of Walker’s kick surfaced in the mainstream media and was allegedly used in an attempt to blackmail the South Sydney player.

Walker becomes the eleventh footballer to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal since the major football codes went into a COVID-19 enforced hiatus, and his immediate future in the sport will be decided by the NRL Integrity Unit.

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.

Walker alerted the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the NRL to the existence of the video as soon as he learned that someone was trying to use it to blackmail him for $20,000. He also claimed the attack on the bare-chested man was provoked by family grief and alcohol, and says he will accept any punishment that comes his way.

That punishment could prove costly for the Rabbitohs, as their star signing Latrell Mitchell is one of the 10 other footballers to have been involved in an off-field scandal during COVID-19 lockdown, and the distraction and criticism of players across social media is not what teams need as they attempt to win games during a very disrupted season.

While Walker awaits the verdict of the NRL Integrity Unit, rumours persist that his manager is attempting to line up a fight with UFC star Connor McGregor, and has asked UFC legend, and master of the standing kick, Anderson Silva, to train Walker for the fight.

What is certain is that Walker will attend the Frownlow awards ceremony later this year – where he will be required to wear a shirt.

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Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock; Tyrone May to spend more time on the sideline.

NRL player Tyrone May will miss more NRL games after a TikTok video revealed his involvement in a social distancing breach, and this has earned him a second nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

May has been suspended for two games from the NRL competition, which is scheduled to resume on May 28, but was already suspended for his role in a sex tape scandal in 2019. The sex tape scandal created massive off-field drama for the Penrith Panthers and earned May his first Frownlow nomination.

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.

May shares a house with Panthers teammate Nathan Cleary, who appeared in a TikTok video dancing with a group of young women in their house during the COVID19 pandemic, in clear breach of social distancing regulations. May does not appear in the video, but he was punished for gathering in a large group, and for failing to cooperate with the NRL Integrity Unit when the issue first arose.

Fortunately for the young women, May did not invite them to appear in a video of his making, even though it would obviously have been very tasteful.

May will now have more time to study video production and editing while he sits out a large proportion of an already shortened NRL season.

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Jayden Okunbor asks teacher to remark his assessment after shocking revelation.

NRL player Jayden Okunbor has requested a revision of his nomination for The Frownlow Medal after reports that he requested topless pictures of the school girl he met at an official visit to her school.

Media reports claim that Okunbor asked the girl, who is either 16 or 17, to bare her breasts via snapchat, and this comes after revelations that he invited the same girl, and a school teacher, to his hotel room while on a team visit to the Port Macquarie region.

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.

When media first learned of the scandal, it was thought that Okunbor was just asking the girl to help him with his homework, and had invited the teacher to his room for some private tuition.

All of the women involved in the incident are of legal age, and no complaint has been made against the player, but the scandal has apparently cost the Bulldogs their jersey sponsor on the eve of the 2020 season.

The study session alone is unlikely to win the winger the coveted Frownlow, in the same year that Jack DeBelin and Jarryd Hayne are set to face court for very, very serious offences.

The sexting revelation, though, does add serious weight to his challenge for Frownlow honours.

“Sexting has to lift my grades,” he stated.

“I want the teacher to remark my assessment. I’ve got her number, I can tell her now”

“So many other footy players have earned nominations or even won the Frownlow because of text messaging and sexting stuff. Kenny-Dowall won in 2015 and he got it for the explicit messages he sent to his ex, and Corey Norman won for a sex tape, plus other scandals. Come on, I did sexting with a 16/17-year-old schoolgirl, surely that’s enough to win a Frownlow.”

What Okunbor is forgetting is that this is the beginning of the NRL and winter football season, with his Bulldogs playing the opening game tonight (without him). A week is a long time in footy, so a season is an eternity, and anything can happen between now and the end of the year. This will determine if Okunbor has done enough to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

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Corey Harawira-Naera offers special coaching clinic to teenage girl.

NRL player Corey Harawira-Naera has earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal after offering after hours football classes to a school girl.

The Canterbury forward offered his expertise out of the goodness of his heart and conducted the class at the team hotel in Port Macquarie, during a Bulldogs promotional visit to the region.

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.

Harawira-Naera, and fellow ‘tutor’ Jayden Okunbor, have been suspended by the Bulldogs after it was decided that their special coaching clinic with 17-year-old girls was not in line with the standards of the ‘family club’.

The two players have not been accused of doing anything illegal, as all of the women involved in the scandal were over the age of consent and participated willingly, but the scandal has cost the club its major sponsor for the 2020 season.

Just days before the first game of the NRL season, in which the Bulldogs play the Eels, captain Josh Jackson had to attend an official photo session without a sponsor on the front of the club’s jersey.

Following this scandal, it seems Harawira-Naera’s post-football coaching career may not eventuate, while even his immediate future in the NRL is uncertain.

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Jayden Okunbor asks a teacher and a student for help with his homework.

NRL player Jayden Okunbor was so determined to get a grip on Shakespeare that he sought help from a school girl and a teacher, and earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

The Canterbury player was inspired during an official Bulldogs visit to a high school in Port Macquarie, and took the 17-year-old female student back to the team hotel to help him with his homework. After the pair ‘did their homework’, Okunbor decided he needed some private tuition, and called on the assistance of a teacher he had met at a different local school.

As a result, Okunbor and the student are now expected to perform very well in their end-of-year-exams.

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.

It has since been revealed that Okunbor communicated in some ‘flirtatious’ messaging with the girl before arranging to meet her in person, and these social media messages have been investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit.

According to screenshots of the conversation, Okunbor asks the girl,

“Were you at the school today?” which clearly indicates that he needed clarification with the narrative techniques used in MacBeth, which were discussed during English lessons that day.

His actions, and the actions of his ‘classmate’ Corey Harawira-Naera (who also needed help with his homework) did cost the Canterbury Bulldogs their major sponsor, which withdrew from its contact the day before the first game of the NRL season – in which the Bulldogs play the Eels.

Okunbor earned his Frownlow nomination not for doing anything illegal, unlike many of his fellow nominees. He has not broken the law, the sex was entirely consensual and the women were above the age of consent.

The scandal did, however, force captain Josh Jackson to attend an official NRL photo session without a major sponsor on the front of his jersey, and he stood out like the kid in the playground that no one wants to pick for a game of footy.

Okunbor, and Harawira Naera, have been suspended by the Bulldogs, so they will now have more time to study Macbeth and trigonometry. They will, however, be studying alone for the time being.

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