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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Anthony Milford does something newsworthy.

Anthony Milford Arrested for Assault is a better headline than ‘Anthony Milford Overpaid’ or ‘Anthony Milford Out of Form’. It’s also more likely to win him The Frownlow Medal in 2021.

The NRL player made headlines recently after being arrested in Brisbane for alleged assault of three people in the early hours of the morning. He was charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage.

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.

Milford is alleged to have become involved in an argument with his wife, and mother of his young child, as well as other people. He is said to have fled the scene. Police then hunted him though the streets of Fortitude Valley and arrested him, before making him spend the night in a police cell.

Alleged assault is also far more impressive than the incidents which earned Milford his previous Frownlow nominations. He was nominated for ‘liking’ Israel Folau’s famous homophobic social media post, and in previous years was nominated for a drunken incidents at the Canberra Raiders, and for breaking team curfew with the Queensland State of Origin team.

He leaves the Brisbane club this year after seven lacklustre seasons, and this could be the most memorable thing he does for the Broncos. Rabbitohs fans must be happy that they are already getting their money’s worth out of their 2022 recruit.

The alleged incident occurred near a nightclub called Ella Sabe, Spanish for She Knows. What does she know?

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What exactly did Justin Horo offer Frownlow judges?

Former NRL player Justin Horo offered a rolled up bill to judges of The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, but it is unclear whether the gift was money or cocaine – or both.

Horo is desperate to be inducted into the hall of fame alongside some of the greats of Australian sport, or at least determined to be invited to the Frownlow after party later this year. He earned his nomination after being caught with cocaine inside a rolled up $100 note at a Sydney bar in 2021.

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.

Horo pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited drug at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Sydney and was given a 12-month conditional release order and avoided conviction. He was apparently lining up for the toilets when police approached him and demanded he empty his pockets. They then found cocaine on him.

Immediately after the ruling, he posted a bizarre message on social media. He also claimed he took the drugs to sober himself up because he’d been drinking all day.

Horo is welcome to consume as many drugs as he wants at the Frownlow awards after party, via a rolled up note or any other apparatus he chooses. He can do so in the toilets, lining up for the toilets or nowhere near the toilets, and can post images of himself in all sorts of compromising positions alongside Australia’s greatest role models – professional footballers.

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An open letter to Jordan de Goey.

Dear Jordan,

We are listening. Everyone at The Frownlow Medal is acutely aware of your unquenchable desire to win the most prestigious award in Australian sport. Your concerted efforts since 2017 are admirable and your perseverance is what makes you a wonderful role model to young Australians.

Never give up. Never lose hope. The Frownlow Medal is within your reach.

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.

Jordan, we were there when you earned your first nomination in 2017, and we recognise your latest efforts, which have earned you three nominations in 2021 alone. We followed your exploits when you were recently fined $2075 for road offences including speeding while driving as a P-plater and sending text messages while stopped at traffic lights. When you were caught driving a black Maserati GranCabrio at 93km/h in an 80km/h zone last year, without displaying your P Plates.

Everyone at the Frownlow family, and many members of the public, understand that many professional footballers are just oversized teenagers, and that forgetting to display your P Plates is an honest mistake, and that you were just dropping off the expensive sports car to someone else.

We were there, following closely, when you had an indecent assault charge withdrawn by police prosecutors earlier in 2021.

Also, many teenagers have their licences suspended, and claim they have no idea it had been suspended. After all, they’re just teenagers. It’s also understandable that you would make exactly the same mistake while riding a motorcycle.

Your hard work in 2018 is also acknowledged. We followed your story when you were caught drink-driving while on your P plates, and there’s nothing wrong with being stuck on your P plates throughout your adult life. We supported you through that suspension, and through the suspension when you lied about how you hurt your hand in 2017. You claimed your dog hurt your hand, made your coach lie about the story to the media, and then conceded that it happened while you were partying and fighting at a St Kilda nightclub.

All teenagers tell little white lies.

Jordan, it’s fine. Everyone blames their dog for something, just like school children blame their dog for eating their homework. We’re with you, we support you, and we applaud the AFL and the Magpies for offering you support and wellbeing every time you earn yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

Jordan, in closing, we would also like to stress, in the strongest possible terms, that your efforts have not been wasted. You have never won the medal, despite being in the running in 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021, but you must understand the extremely high calibre of nominees and medallists. The standard is particularly high this year, as one of the leading candidates is in prison for sexual assault. Yes, it’s difficult, but don’t give up. You have the talent, the attitude, the mindset and the credentials to one day be The Frownlow Medallist.

Jordan, you know there are no guarantees in sport. You are, however, still in a great position to one day win The Frownlow Medal. Keep up the good work.

The Frownlow Family

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George Burgess wants a naked statue in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

NRL player George Burgess has requested a naked, life-size statue of himself in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The England international made the request immediately after he received a nomination for appearing naked on a gay porn website in 2013. He has assured judges he can supply photos for the sculptor, and is willing to assist with the creation of the statue.

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.

Burgess took two nude selfies in 2013 and they somehow made their way onto the gay porn site and were also circulated on Twitter. No one was able to explain how they ended up on the site, and no action was taken against Burgess by either the NRL or the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The photo scandal emerged just after Burgess had escaped punishment for another off-field scandal.

He was given a two-match suspension and a $10,000 fine after he was charged by Queensland police with throwing a street sign through a car window in Redlynch near Cairns. He was charged with two counts of wilful damage to a car and was ordered to undertake an anger management program and 50 hours of community work.

To strengthen his bid for a place in the hall of fame, he then got himself involved in a road rage incident in 2021, just weeks after signing a deal with the Dragons to return to the NRL. It is alleged that Burgess left his vehicle after he said he was being filmed by another driver, had an argument, and threw the man’s phone on the ground. He was charged with malicious damage.

George now joins brother Sam, who was nominated for Frownlow honours in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and earlier this year.

Burgess escaped any further punishment for the incident in 2013, and was free to continue playing with the Rabbitohs for the remainder of the season. He admitted at the time, via a generic footballer’s apology statement, that he is “…a role model for kids.”

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The pressure that led Curtis Scott to drink.

Former NRL player Curtis Scott claims the pressure of being a multiple Frownlow nominee led him to abuse alcohol. His alcohol abuse and off-field behaviour recently caused the Canberra Raiders to terminate his contract, and have improved his chances of winning 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Scott was recently quoted as saying:

“I’ve been to the lowest of the lows…you can’t get any lower. It was as dark as it gets…I’d had enough of feeling sh*t,”

“The reason I did drink was to try to escape the living hell. The pressure and the outside noise. I turned to alcohol to give myself a break and escape my problems.”

Experts believed he was referring to the pressure of being a professional footballer. The pressure of playing a game he loves for a living, the pressure of being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year at such a young age, and the pressure of being adored by fans all over the country, including beautiful young women.

However, Scott conceded that he suffered through the stress of being nominated for the highest honour in Australian sport on more than one occasion.

Scott did not play in the NRL from Round 12, 2021, after an incident at a Canberra nightclub saw him charged with assault. He was later sanctioned with a $15,000 fine and three-game ban. This follows an incident in 2020. On Australia Day that year he was found drunk and barely conscious at Moore Park in Sydney and had an altercation with police.

“People have no idea what it’s like to be a Frownlow nominee,” he said.

“The pressure is unbearable. Some of the best footballers in history have been nominated, and we have to live up to their reputation, which is why I abused alcohol so much. Plus, there’s the pressure of being a role model to young kids and the stress of thinking of an incident that’s so bad it wins the medal.”

“Once you get nominated, you feel pressure to get nominated the next year and the next. I mean, look at your Corey Normans, your Julian O’Neills, Brendan Fevolas and Ben Cousins’, all those legends, they just get nominated again and again, that’s what ya gotta live up to as a Frownlow nominee.”

“I even tried to get a patriotic nomination, that was my first one. I got drunk and did something stupid on Australia Day, how Aussie is that – but nah, it wasn’t enough to win the medal that year and I had to get in a pub fight this year to even be in the running for the medal.”

Scott also claimed that he moved from his native Sydney to Melbourne, then to Canberra, to escape distractions and factors that could get him into trouble off the field. He couldn’t, ultimately, escape the expectation that comes with being a Frownlow nominee.

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Josh Dugan wants to tend the rabbits.

Josh Dugan is a simple man. Strong of stature and simple of mind, much like the character Lennie in Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men. He possesses more strength and physical power than the average man, along with the mid of a child.

Like Lennie, Josh just wanted to play with animals. This is how the NRL veteran found himself near Bathurst while he was supposed to stay within five kilometres of his home in southern Sydney. He was there to tend to animals. His COVID breach has earned him yet another nomination for The Frownlow Medal and could have ended his career.

The Frownlow Medal celebrates the off-field achievements 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.

Dugan and a friend were stopped by police near Lithgow recently, miles from their homes in Gymea and Alexandria. Both men were ordered to return home immediately, which meant they should have headed east. Instead, they headed west and were found just 40 minutes later, in Yetholme, near Bathurst, which is about 150km from Sydney.

When the pair were caught, the former NSW and Australia representative apparently told police he was out bush to ‘feed animals’. In Steinbeck’s famous novel, simple-minded Lennie is kept in line by his friend George with the promise that he can tend the rabbits on the farm the pair dream of buying. Alas, George ends up shooting Lennie at the end of the novel, and Lennie never gets to tend to the rabbits. Poor Josh also missed out on feeding animals in the Central West, and was instead handed a fine of $10,000, and possibly more punishment. When the NRL and police investigations are complete, his NRL could be dead. He was only in Sydney because the Sharks didn’t select him in the playing squad which is in the COVID bubble in Queensland.

This is Dugan’s second Frownlow nomination in 2021, and follows his nomination in 2016. He was fined $25,000 in June for…breaching COVID protocols. On this occasion, he dined at a restaurant in Sydney while all NRL players were ordered not to attend hospitality venues such as pubs and clubs.

If Dugan leaves the Sharks at the end of 2021, will he be offered the chance to play with rabbits, or any other animals which act as mascots for NRL teams?

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The Frownlow Medal announces the Matt Dufty Fun Run.

The Matt Dufty Fun Run is an exciting new charity event designed to raise money for footballers and their families who were fined after Paul Vaughan’s famous house party.

The 5km event is a joint venture between The Frownlow Medal, NSW Police, the NRL and the St George Illawarra Dragons, and will be held in the streets of Shellharbour on the NSW South Coast on Saturday, July 10.

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.

Dufty himself will headline the family-friendly event which takes runners through the same streets he used to escape police when they were called to the illegal party. NSW Police officers will also be on hand to chase runners and add another exciting element to the race.

“It’s tougher than Tough Mudder and more fun than a Colour Run,” said Dufty.

“You get to sprint through unclosed streets, between cars and past people stuck in their homes. Plus, you get chased by police so it’s a great way to run a PB. It was the quickest 5k I’ve ever run.”

Another unique aspect of the fun run is its starting time.

“The race starts about 9.30pm, because it’s easier to escape the cops in the dark – or at least I thought it would be. Any runner who gets caught by the cops gets disqualified, and the first runner to get to my house is the winner,” Dufty explained.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to meet their heroes and role models. Also participating in the race will be Jack de Belin, Jack Bird, Josh McGuire, Tyrell Fuimaono, Zac Lomax, Josh Kerr, Gerard Beale, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro and 2016 Frownlow Medallist Corey Norman.

“It’ll be a good hit-out for the boys, especially since we all have to miss one game through suspension,” Dufty said.

The mass suspension of players adds another surprise element to the event.

“We won’t give any prize money to the winners, because all the money has to go to the players and their families. But place getters in the open category will be offered short-term contracts to play with the Dragons so that we can actually field a team for the next few rounds,” explained a spokesperson for the Dragons.

The $1000 Entry fee to the charity event is tax deductible and will be donated to the 13 players at the party, some of whom have young families to support. Most of the proceeds will go to Vaughan, who lost his $800,000 contract and might never play first-grade football again. The remaining funds will be divided up among the other players according to how much they were fined.

The Matt Dufty Fun Run will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. For entry details, contact the St George-Illawarra Dragons or the NRL.

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Paul’s Party shakes up The Frownlow Medal.

Paul Vaughan’s house party has created 11 new nominees for The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Vaughan’s Dragons teammates have been nominated after they breached NRL COVID protocols and could face huge fines and severe punishment.

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.

Matt Dufty, Zac Lomax, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro, Gerard Beale, Josh Maguire and Josh Kerr earn their first nominations, while Frownlow judges are already familiar with Jack Bird, Tyrell Fuimaono and Corey Norman. All of the players attended a party at Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour, NSW, after St George Illawarra narrowly beat the Warriors. Players are not supposed to have guests at their house, in line with Greater Sydney COVID restrictions, and the players breached restrictions imposed by the government and the NRL itself. The players were caught out when neighbour’s called police with a noise complaint.

Media reports have also revealed that seven of the players fled down the street when the police arrived to investigate. The impromptu sprint session has earned more condemnation from fans and commentators.

All of the players have reportedly been issued with a standard $1000 fine, but the NRL is considering its own punishment for an act that could cost the players substantial fines, isolation, suspensions, time away from training and possibly competition points for the Dragons, who currently sit at 7th on the ladder.

Norman is the 2016 Frownlow medallist and is a serial nominee. He earned nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and earlier in 2021, when he got involved in a street fight outside Northies in Cronulla. Norman runs a clothing brand with fellow nominee James Segeyaro. It is called You Know the Rules. It seems he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, Vaughan was also nominated in 2020, for a COVID breach.

The coming days will reveal the extent of the punishment for the Dragons players and the club. At least the 12 partygoers have had a good warm up for the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year.

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