Marcelo Montoya challenges Israel Folau.

NRL player Marcelo Montoya has challenged Israel Folau for the title of Australia’s most homophobic footballer after an offensive slur earned him a nomination for 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 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.

Montoya called opposing winger Kyle Feldt a ‘fa//ot’ during a game against the North Queensland Cowboys, and the New Zealand Warriors winger received a four-match ban from the NRL.

Folau is the country’s most famous homophobe after posting notoriously offensive comments on social media which saw him sacked by Rugby Australia and cast out of professional football in Australia.

Montoya, meanwhile, claims the comment was made in the heat of the moment during a game and that he was simply trying to get under Feldt’s skin. Feldt is married with kids and has played years of NRL football, including State of Origin. Did it get under his skin?

The Warriors club pleaded for a reduced sentence from the NRL judiciary, arguing that Montoya is of good character with an unblemished record. They’re obviously forgetting his earlier Fronwlow nomination in 2018 when he was fined $10,000 for his involvement in the Canterbury Bulldogs Mad Monday celebrations.

Has Montoya done enough to steal the title from Folau, and has he done enough to win The Frownlow Medal in 2022?

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Tui Kamikamica nominated for The Fronwlow Medal.

NRL player Tui Kamikamica has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being charged with an alleged incident involving a woman.

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.

Kamikamica has been stood down by the Melbourne Storm after police charged the front rower over an alleged incident involving a woman outside a hotel in Brisbane recently. He has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm following the alleged incident in Fortitude Valley, and is accused of assaulting a 30-year-old woman.

The NRL Integrity Unit and police are investigating the incident, and Kamikamica’s fate will be known at the completion of the investigations.

Kamikamica may have timed the alleged incident perfectly, as is it only a matter of weeks before judges award The Frownlow Medal for 2021, and his deeds are sure to be fresh in their thoughts.

Even if he doesn’t win the coveted medal, he is guaranteed an invitation to Australian sport’s night of nights, the award ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Tom Starling earns a second chance.

NRL player Tom Starling has earned a second nomination for The Frownlow Medal after being arrested at a bar on the NSW Central Coast.

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.

Starling’s second nomination came at the same bar where he earned his first in 2020. The Canberra Raiders hooker and three other people were refused entry to a bar in Kincumber and are alleged to have threatened the security who would not let them in. Two of the group are alleged to have fled the scene on foot, while the other two reportedly yelled and hindered police, resulting in charges of assaulting a police officer.

The incident which earned Starling his first nomination left him with scars and bruises all over his face and led to accusations that he assaulted a police officer. This recent incident creates doubt over his playing future, as he is yet to sign a new deal with the Raiders.

The bigger question, though, is whether Starling will be allowed into the awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year.

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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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