Brent Naden battles the Grand Final blues.

NRL player Brent Naden was a little upset after losing the 2020 grand final, so the Penrith Panthers centre sought solace in cocaine. On the day of the big dance, he tested positive to the illicit drug and earned himself a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

Naden has been provisionally suspended by the Panthers while his B sample is tested, and chose to go into rehab to deal with his drug use and personal issues.

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.

The talented centre was clearly shell shocked by the outcome of the grand final, when the Melbourne Storm steam rolled the young Panthers side and dominated the entire game. Naden and his team mates were left wondering what went wrong and that is obviously when he reached for the white powder.

It’s not known what Brent would have done if the Panthers had won.

After the disappointment of the grand final, Naden can now look forward to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which is fast approaching.

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Michael Jennings wants The Frownlow Medal before he finishes his career.

NRL veteran Michael Jennings is determined to win The Frownlow Medal before he hangs up his boots and earned his fourth nomination for the award after testing positive for two banned substances.

The Parramatta Eels centre may have played his last game in the NRL as he has been ruled out of tonight’s elimination final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and could be banned for many years if his B samples also test positive to Ligandrol and Ibutamoren.

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.

Jennings had his phone and laptop confiscated by officials from WADA on the morning of the game against the Rabbitohs. Unconfirmed reports claim that Jennings told the officials he created the controversy in order to finally win the Frownlow after three previous failed attempts. In 2016, 2018 and 2019, the former Origin player made bids for the award with actions such as:

Being dropped from Penrith for arriving at training under the influence of alcohol

Being fined $10,000 for drinking

Being arrested and charged with offensive behaviour

Being accused of kicking a boom gate while drunk

Being accused of intoxication and bad behaviour at a Sydney nightspot

Pressing ‘like’ in reaction to Israel Folau’s famous homophobic social media post.

Jennings has publicly denied the charges and will not face consequences until the B sample test results are returned. One of the substances he is accused of taking is a growth hormone, and experts suggest that the premiership winning player was trying to grow a brain.

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Bronson Xerri is too fast.

How did Bronson Xerri get so strong and so fast at such a young age?

Is it the hormones in food these days?

Was it the hours spent in the gym at the youth academy?

Perhaps it was pressure to look ripped on Insta and SC.

Maybe it can be blamed on the plethora of vitamins marketed at children these days. Actually, it was none of these. It was good old fashioned performance enhancing substances.

The Cronulla speedster tested positive to a number of banned substances and has subsequently been provisionally suspended from the NRL and nominated for The Frownlow Medal, just days before the Sharks resume their season.

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.

Xerri still has the chance to clear his name and possibly return to the NRL once his B sample is tested. Meanwhile, he can return to isolation as his teammates and fellow NRL players get back onto the field to somehow decide a premier from this strange old season. The question now is what a fit young man with speed to burn does with his free time.

Reality TV?

A race against a horse?

After his phone was confiscated, he won’t find work as a social media influencer.

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