James Tedesco launches $Quid Games.

NRL player James Tedesco has called out professional footballers during the launch of his new reality TV show $Quid Games, which will feature Frownlow nominees whose scandals have cost them at least $10,000.

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.

Tedesco was inspired to create the show after his own recent controversy involving accusations of racial vilification and reference to the South Korean Netflix series Squid Game. The NSW captain was accused of calling out the name of the show at a woman of Asian descent after a night of heavy drinking with teammates. The incident resulted in a $10,000 fine and charges of drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Squid Game is based on a fictional reality TV show which is similar to the shows on which many footballers appear after an off-field scandal destroys their public image. For this reason, Tedesco was motivated to provide yet another opportunity his colleagues to rescue their personal brand.

“It’s like ‘quid’ you know, like the word for money,” he explained during the launch.

“It’s called quid, with a dollar sign, because any player who wants to go on the show has to have committed a scandal for which they were fined at least $10,000, and have at least one nomination for The Frownlow Medal. So, like, it has to be pretty serious, more than just public urination or getting caught with ecstasy.”

The Sydney Roosters star went on to explain that players who have not been fined a minimum of $10,000 could still join other Frownlow nominees in a quinella, trifecta, quadie or ‘$Quid Game Multi’ and combine their fines for a chance to be included in the show.

Once selected, players will be supplied with copious amounts of alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, sports gambling accounts, smart phones, internet, toilet cubicles, social media accounts, motor vehicles and access to the opposite sex, and be prompted to commit as many disgraceful acts as possible each episode. Fans will then vote for the role model who has committed the greatest scandal, and that player will be crowned the winner.

What does the winner receive?

The most prestigious prize in Australian sport: The Frownlow Medal.

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Brad Fittler’s offensive on air blunder.

Former NRL player Brad Fittler made a terrible on air blunder and has earned himself another nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Fittler was commentating on the game between South Sydney and Parramatta when a Rabbitohs player passed the ball to a teammate and got it back from his teammate before diving over the line to score, prompting Fittler to call the Souths player an ‘Indian Giver’ – not once but twice.

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.

The rugby league legend may not be aware but the term Indian Giver is considered offensive in the United States. The phrase has its origins in the early days of the colonisation of the US, and referred to the tradition of giving a gift and expecting a gift in return. It’s original use might have been innocent, but it came to describe people so ungenerous that they take back gifts as soon as they are given or immediately demand a present in return. In more recent times, it was used in a derogatory way to refer to First Nations people of North America.

The NSW Blues player and coach earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2018. He was once labelled ‘the drunkest human being ever’ by police after he was found lying outside Glebe Police Station in Sydney. On another occasion, he was drunk and half naked and tried to enter the hotel room of two women.

Fittler has now been given another chance to enter The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, as well as free enrolment in a history course at an adult community college.

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Taylor Walker is a great Aussie role model.

AFL player Taylor ‘Tex’ Walker proved why he and other footballers are great role models for young Australians when he made a racist comment about an Indigenous player on an opposing team recently. Walker was found guilty of racism during a SANFL game and earns his second 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Walker has been banned for six AFL games after it was proven that he made a racist comment during the game in which he was not playing. He now misses the last three games of the 2021 season and the first three games of the 2022 season. He also apologised and will make a donation of $20,000 to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program in SA.

Walker made the comments after the controversy surrounding the recent Collingwood Magpies racism scandal, and the enormous racism scandal which drove Sydney Swans champion Adam Goodes out of the game.

“I’m a great Aussie role model,” stated Walker.

“Me and other footy players are big role models to young Aussie kids and I take this role seriously. Australia is a racist country, so I made a racist comment. Australia is really racist towards Aboriginal people, so I made a racist comment towards an Aboriginal person.”

“I’m also trying to be a great role model to my son. I want him to grow up to be just like me.”

Tex was first nominated for Frownlow honours in 2016, after he engaged in a heated social media battle with tennis player Nick Kyrgios. There is no suggestion that Walker argued with Kyrgios because the controversial tennis player is of Greek extraction.

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Are they racist, or silly little boys?

Three AFL players have been sent back to primary school to learn the difference between racism and a harmless schoolyard game. Jack Redden, Alex Witherden and Jamaine Jones will attend Year 1 with Ms. Pankhurst after making a hand signal in a team photo that many people associate with white supremacist movements, but which the players claim refers to a children’s game.

The West Coast Eagles players have earned nominations for The Frownlow Medal after they made the upside-down three-finger OK gesture which Australian mass murderer Brenton Tarrant used during a courtroom appearance in 2019. The official photo was posted on the Eagles official social media page and Jones later tagged Redden and Witherden, along with a tears of joy face emoji.

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.

Club bosses quickly defended the players after a strong reaction on social media. They argued that the players were not making a racist gesture, but instead referencing the ‘Circle Game’. In this game, the same hand signal is used by one player to force other players to look below their waistline. If other players do so, they get a punch in the arm.

It seems the players won’t even receive a slap on the wrist.

Jones Redden and Witherden are adults. They are old enough to hold a driver’s licence, drink alcohol and vote, and they are sure to stand out when they sit on the mat during story time with Ms. Pankhurst. They will not stand out intellectually or emotionally however, and will receive the same instruction about avoiding racism as their 6-year-old classmates.

The West Coast club is familiar with racist controversy. In 2016, the Eagles became the first club to earn a Frownlow nomination after its social media channel used the term ‘Yellow Peril’ in a promotional post.

Jones, Redden and Withderden, meanwhile, can still play for the Eagles as long as they get a signed permission note from their parent or guardian.

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Collingwood players should act like white people.

Collingwood Football Club once told AFL players of colour that they should act like white people if they wanted to be accepted in the sport and in Australian society.

Collingwood was accused of racism in 1993 when its fans racially abused St Kilda player Nicky Winmar during a game. In response, former club president, the late Allan McAlister, said of indigenous players,

”As long as they conduct themselves like white people, well, off the field, everyone will admire and respect … As long as they conduct themselves like human beings, they will be all right. That’s the key.”

But which white people should they emulate?

The following list includes the names of 22 white players or coaches from the Magpies, as well as the actions which make them perfect role models:

Damian Monkhorst

Racially abused indigenous player Michael Long during a game against St Kilda in 1995.

Brian Taylor

Refused to change the way he pronounced the name of player Orazio Fantasia while commentating for Channel 7, arguing that;

“We don’t pronounce Italian names in the full Italian way. We pronounce it with the Australianism in it, and that’s how we’ll continue to do it.”

This, despite the fact that Fantasia himself asked Taylor to pronounce his name differently.

Heath Shaw (Rat Pack 1)

Crashed into a parked car while driving drunk and then lied about the incident to the media. Suspended from AFL for gambling on matches, and detained by police for drunken behaviour in public.

Chris Tarrant (Rat Pack 2)

Allegedly punched ALP politician Damien Hale after the politician confronted Tarrant about his behaviour in a Darwin nightclub in 2007. Tarrant had apparently showed his backside to a woman at the club. Fined $5000 and handed a three-match suspension. Fined $5000 by the Magpies in 2006 for breaking the players’ code of conduct after a fight at a nightclub in Port Melbourne.

Ben Johnson (Rat Pack 3)

Charged with recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault after he tangled with teammate Chris Tarrant during a drunken brawl outside a Melbourne hotel in 2006.

Alan Didak (Rat Pack 4)

Proven links to criminals. Lied about his involvement in the Heath Shaw drink driving incident. Linked to the Melbourne CBD shooter, and the subject of an expose in a book by his ex-girlfriend Cassie Lane.

Dane Swan (Rat Pack 5)

Flasher 1

Sent naked selfies to an unknown woman. Selfies were published in a women’s magazine. Broke a club-imposed booze ban. Scuffled with a security guard in Federation Square. Admitted to illicit drug use…after retiring from football…while trying to promote a book. Caught drink driving. His Humpday podcast was axed after he and Scott Cummings made jokes about issues of sexual assault and mistreatment of women.

Travis Cloke

Flasher 2

Sent naked selfies to an unknown woman. Selfies were published in a women’s magazine.

Nathan Buckley (coach) and Brent Sanderson (assistant coach)

Buckley and Sanderson played a seemingly innocent game of tennis which was in breach of the AFL’s COVID-19 bio-security protocols in 2020, and the Collingwood coaches were served a $25,000 fine and forced to self-isolate for 24 hours.

Jordan de Goey

Blamed his dog.

Injured his hand during a late-night incident at a nightclub. Lied to his club, said he hurt his hand while playing with his dog. Made coach Nathan Buckley front the media and repeat the lie. Claimed alcohol was not a factor. Banned for 3 games, fined $5000, ordered to do community service. Arrested for drink driving, fined $10000 and suspended. Accused of assaulting a woman in 2015.

Lachie Keefe and Josh Thomas

Banned from AFL for use of performance enhancing drugs and illicit substances.

Jamie Elliott

One of the Frownlow urinators.

Arrested for urinating into a rubbish bin in North Melbourne in 2017 after enjoying himself too much at Derby Day.

Scott Cummings

His Humpday podcast was axed after he and Dane Swan made jokes about issues of sexual assault and mistreatment of women. The controversy also cost Cummings his role as AFL commentator on radio station 3AW.

Heath Scotland

Involved in a brawl which left one man unconscious at the Mulwala Ski Club near Yarrawonga. Formally charged with common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and violent disorder. Given a two-year good behaviour bond without conviction. Also avoided conviction for an assault charge in 2005.

Steele Sidebottom and Lynden Dunn

Sidebottom and Dunn breached COVID-19 protocols after sharing an Uber and visiting the home of a Collingwood Magpies staff member in 2020. Sidebottom was seen near the staff member’s house the next morning and had to be driven home by police.

Jaidyn Stephenson

Banned for 10 matches after it was discovered he had bet on AFL games. Missed the remainder of the home and away season. Apparently bet on three games in which he was playing, and was also fined $20,000.

Quentin Lynch

Charged with drink driving, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident in 2004 after failing to stop at a random breath test.

Ryan Cook

Fractured the eye socket of a man and left him with 10 shattered facial bones during a fight at a pub in country Victoria in 2009. Fined $3500.

Sam Murray

Banned from AFL for 18 months for testing positive to cocaine. Claims he didn’t intentionally touch the cocaine.

These fine young men of Collingwood FC have all been nominated for The Frownlow Medal or The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Scotland was inducted into the hall of fame in 2020.

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.

These are the men indigenous players should aim to be like.

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Damian Monkhorst and racism at Collingwod FC.

Damian Monkhorst played AFL for Collingwood. Damian Monkhorst was racist. He is proof of the systemic racism at the famous club which has only recently been called out.

Monkhorst racially abused Essendon’s indigenous star Michael Long during a game in 1995 and has earned 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.

So significant was Monkhorst’s action that the AFL created Rule 30, which prohibits racial vilification during a sporting contest. It is actually the first sporting law in Australia to specifically prohibit racial abuse and preceded initiatives such as the Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

Monkhorst has been dragged into the racism controversy at his former club, but has he done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

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Collingwood FC proud to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

Eddie McGuire is proud that the Collingwood Magpies AFL club has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal due to the public reaction to a report which exposed a history of systemic racism at the club.

Collingwood becomes the second AFL club, and only the fourth football club, to be nominated for the highly prestigious award, which is normally reserved for individual players.

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.

McGuire is the long-standing president of the club and says he is not sorry that Collingwood is in contention for the most coveted award in Australian sport.

“Collingwood is the greatest sports team on earth, and it deserves to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal. We are very proud that years of racism, and our failure to address this toxic culture, have finally been recognised by judges of The Frownlow Medal.”

“Racism like this doesn’t exist in isolation. It has to be accepted, brushed aside, laughed off and legitimised by players, fans, coaches, officials and even senior management, and very few clubs have done this as well as my club.”

McGuire is also pleased to be the centre of attention once again, and to be the public face of a nomination which would normally elude him.

“I never played the game at a high level myself,” he explained, “so this is the only way I was ever going to be part of a nomination. Even when I joked that a female journalist should be drowned, or said Adam Goodes should promote King Kong, I couldn’t get nominated, so to be part of this latest scandal is fantastic – I feel like a million dollars”

The history of racism was recently exposed via the leak of a report called ‘Do Better’. The report was commissioned by Collingwood in an attempt to uncover the extent of racism at the club, and was also prompted by statements from former player Heritier Lumumba. Lumumba is of African descent and claimed on numerous occasions that he was subject to racist abuse while playing for the Magpies.

“Many players have been nominated for toxic masculinity, but no other club has earned a Frownlow nomination for toxic racism,” continued Mcguire.

The only other clubs to be nominated are AFL club West Coast Eagles, for a racist tweet, and NRL clubs Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Sharks were nominated when most of their players were kicked out of a club for drunken, anti-social behaviour, and the Rabbioths for covering up the off-field scandal of Sam Burgess.

Colingwood are now in the running for the most prestigious award in Australian sport, while McGuire is tipped to host the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, to be held later this year.

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Margaret Court denied Australia’s highest honour.

Controversial tennis star Margaret Court has been ruled ineligible for the greatest prize in Australia on the eve of the country’s national day of celebration. Court and her supporters are furious that she will never win The Frownlow Medal or be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame despite a lifetime of bigoted public statements.

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.

Conservative commentators have slammed the decision and attacked the judges of The Frownlow Medal for pandering to woke, left-wing, latte sipping, inner-city progressives.

“This is a disgrace,” blasted her supporters.

“Margaret Court deserves to win the Frownlow or be in the hall of fame, but she hasn’t even been nominated. Israel Folau got nominated twice for his homophobia, and heaps of players from NRL, AFL and Rugby were nominated just for ‘liking’ his comments on social media, but Margaret got nothing,” they argued.

“The simple fact is that if Margaret was a footy player, she’d be in the hall of fame for sure.”

As a tennis player, Court won numerous grand slams and is Australia’s most successful player. Since retiring, however, she has regularly made the news for grossly intolerant statements which are completely out of touch with modern Australian society.

Court’s controversial statements are many, and are targeted especially at gay and lesbian relationships, due to her strong religious beliefs. She once wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper lamenting the decision of fellow Aussie tennis player Casey Dellacqua to have a child within a same-sex relationship.

“It is with sadness that I see that this baby has seemingly been deprived of a father,” she wrote.

Court has also been quoted as saying that transgender children are the work of the devil, and she was branded a racist and a homophobe by fellow tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Further comments linked childhood gender dysphoria to Hitler and communism, and praised the apartheid system of South Africa.

“Even her racism didn’t get her nominated,” stated her supporters. “So many footy players have been nominated for racist comments but again Margaret got nothing from The Frownlow Medal.”

Frownlow judges reminded Court’s supporters that the award is only open to footballers, not tennis players. Instead, the Christian pastor will have to content herself with the Officer of the Order of Australia she already holds, and the upgraded Companion of the Order of Australia she will receive on January 26.

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