More details emerge in Bailey Smith saga.

Bailey Smith‘s chances of winning The Frownlow Medal have increased after more details of his off-field behaviour emerged. The AFL star recently earned his first nomination for a controversial social media image but apparently this is not his first scandal.

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 recently hit the headlines when an image went viral on social media showing him holding a bag of white powder and smiling. It is not clear what is in the bag, and there is no evidence Smith consumed the substance. Since that controversy, more details have emerged which increase his chances of beating the 19 other nominees for The Frownlow Medal in 2022.

The viral image was apparently taken at a party in late 2021, and at the same time another photo was taken showing Smith ‘wiping his nose after leaning over’. The implications are strong, although again nothing has been proven, and perhaps the Western Bulldogs player simply had a cold.

This is not all, however.

At the time the photos were taken, Smith was apparently on a mental health break from AFL, but took that break after an investigation into complaints that he was behaving badly at a Gold Coast club and had to be spoken to by authorities.

Also in 2021, Smith created yet more controversy just moments into his young career. He appeared in another social media video boasting of his intention to pursue temporary connections with various women during a night out with friends, and said so in a way that was in not at all romantic.

The behaviour of a true role model.

The social media star surrounded himself in controversy even earlier in his career when photos of him emerged on the internet apparently naked, or close to naked. Smith was not responsible for the photos, which had been doctored by someone else, but he famously reacted to the scandal by posting an emoji of an eggplant, and his many social media followers know exactly what that means.

Smith and his legion of fans are anxious to know if he will face consequences for his latest scandal, but the most important question is, has he done enough to win The Frownlow Medal?

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Jonathon Patton; show us more!

Judges of The Frownlow Medal have advised Jonathon Patton to offer more of himself if he wants to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport. The AFL player earned his nomination for allegedly sending unwanted lewd images to several women for an extended period of time.

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.

Patton is accused of sending multiple revealing images of himself to several women via social media even after the women asked him to stop. After the scandal broke, he checked himself into a medical facility claiming he was suffering from mental health issues.

Judges have told the Hawthorn Hawks player they need to see a lot more of him due to the strength of nominations in 2021. Three NRL players have been nominated for alleged sexual assault while another is under investigation for assault and drink-driving. If Patton wants to keep The Frownlow Medal in the hands of the AFL, he will have to do more than send a few racy pics.

Patton has been stood down by the Hawks while an investigation is carried out into the incident, which includes allegations that he called a woman on FaceTime and appeared fully naked when she answered, and that the calling and messaging continued for a total of three years.

News outlets reported that Patton publicly revealed his intention to find a girlfriend and settle down at the beginning of 2020. He obviously has a unique way of fulfilling his New Year’s resolution. Only time will tell whether his methods are successful in finding love or in winning The Frownlow Medal.

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