Can Jarryd Hayne return to glory?

Former NRL player and current prisoner Jarryd Hayne could claim the greatest prize in Australian sport this year. Hayne is the favourite to win The Frownlow Medal, ahead of 61 professional footballers who have earned nominations for all manner of off-field scandals.

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.

Hayne is possibly the most talented player to have never won a grand final. He came close with Parramatta one year, and almost single-handedly won a State of Origin series for NSW on one occasion. He now languishes in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Can anyone beat Hayne?

Former NRL player Mananse Fainu poses a strong threat. He is still awaiting the outcome of his legal proceedings after he was accused of stabbing someone outside a Mormon church dance back in 2019. Another Dragons player, Tristan Sailor, was also accused of rape but has not been found guilty as COVID-19 slows down court proceedings in Australia.

Other challengers

Hayne saw off the challenge of another accused rapist, fellow NRL player Jack de Belin. The Dragons and NSW player was found not guilty of sexual assault after a long court case, but is still in contention after attending Paul Vaughan‘s infamous BBQ. This unsanctioned house party led to nominations for another 11 Dragons players, and created the Matt Dufty Fun Run around the streets of Shellharbour.

Corey Norman won the medal in 2016 and was also at the BBQ. He thought he could outsmart the cops by fleeing on foot, but he left behind his phone and car – with personalised number plates. It was his second nomination of 2021, after getting into a brawl outside Northies.

Gender equity

2021 marked a milestone for The Frownlow Medal. Nita Maynard became the first woman to be nominated after getting drunk and taking on a bouncer at Northies. Fellow NRLW player Millie Boyle followed her lead and earned a nomination after being caught in a toilet tryst with misguided NRL player Adam Elliott.

The Breachers

Breaching COVID-19 protocols earned nominations for many footballers this year, even though that particular scandal failed to win the Frownlow for any nominees in 2020. Footballers never learn. Many players breached some form of protocols, including perennial nominees James Roberts, and fellow NRL player Josh Dugan, who was caught by police more than 3 hours from home, twice, on the same day.

Jai Arrow and Api Koroisau were both punished for smuggling women into their restricted hotels rooms during the State of Origin series. Koroisau is married, and Arrow is sponsored by a food delivery company which guarantees fast and efficient delivery.

NRL dominance

NRL players look determined to win back what they believe is their birthright, after Taylor claimed it for the AFL in 2020. They comprise 47 of the 61 nominees. They also supplied two of the most bizarre nominations. Victor Radley was punished by the NRL for tackling someone, while Lachlan Lewis was caught trying to sell a speaker on EBay, after stealing it from a room in the Bulldogs’ hub.

AFL defence

The AFL defence looks flimsy. Jordan De Goey earned three nominations in one year, for essentially being Jordan De Goey, while Taylor Walker made a racist comment and a pathetic attempt to apologise for his racist outburst. Nine more AFL players were nominated for relatively minor offences, and so far they look unlikely to reclaim the medal.

Super Rugby

Super Rugby has offered four candidates. Suliasi Vunivalu earned his nomination before even playing a game in his new code, while three Rebels Marika Koroibete, Isi Naisarani and Pone Fa’amausili had a few quiet drinks in their team hotel and broke curfew while playing for the Wallabies. Apparently Rebels are not allowed to rebel.

A- League Absence

The A-League has never won The Fronwlow Medal and has failed to supply any candidates in 2021. Why?

Hayne might be accepting The Frownlow Medal from his prison cell later this year, but it is only September, and four months is a very long time in football.

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Jarryd Hayne given a gift in prison.

Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne‘s prison buddies have welcomed him with a Wife Beater tattoo on behalf of The Frownlow Medal. Hayne earned the tattoo after being found guilty of raping a woman in 2018 and being sentenced to five years behind bars.

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 inmates of Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney set upon Hayne as soon as he arrived in the yard, pelted apples at him and holding him down while ‘Big Darryl’ draw the tattoo. The former rugby league star apparently struggled and protested until he saw what exactly was being inked onto his skin. Hayne then broke out in a broad smile when he realised he had been given the most sought after marking in Australian sport. The special tattoo also cheered him up after he was denied his request for Foxtel TV, and food and laundry services.

Hayne was recently found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in her home on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final. After a long and drawn-out court case, he was eventually sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.

Hayne is the hot favourite to win The Frownlow Medal in 2021, but he cannot claim victory yet. A year is a long time in rugby league, and fellow NRL players Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor are still in court, also charged with alleged sexual assault.

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Jarryd Hayne could be out of prison later this year.

Judges of The Frownlow Medal are working furiously to secure the release of Jarryd Hayne from prison in time for the award’s night of Australia’s most prestigious sporting prize. The former NRL star was recently sentenced to five years and three months in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and is a strong favourite to win the medal 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.

The Frownlow awards night is the most popular annual sporting celebration in the country, and all nominees are invited to a night of no-holds-barred fun and drunken debauchery that rivals any Mad Monday party. As the current favourite for this year’s award, Hayne would be given front row seats and first pick of the booze, drugs and other treats offered to footballers.

Frownlow organisers are thus negotiating with authorities to secure Hayne a prison furlough, and believe he could improve his chances of release by agreeing to lead inmates’ skills and drills sessions, or appear in a movie alongside Adam Sandler.

If Frownlow judges cannot use their considerable influence to secure Hayne’s release, the former NSW and Australian representative would be forced to watch the awards presentation via livestream from behind bars, and would not be the first Frownlow nominee to do so.

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Jarryd Hayne knows it’s not over.

It’s tempting to think that Jarryd Hayne has The Frownlow Medal locked up for 2021. The former NRL star was just found guilty of raping a woman in 2018 and has one hand on the most prestigious prize in Australian sport – but the result is not certain.

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.

Hayne was recently found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in her home on Grand Final evening in 2018. He will most likely spend a substantial time in prison. Normally a rape conviction would guarantee victory in The Frownlow Medal. After all, previous medallists have won for physical assault of a woman, but not sexual assault, or for incidents involving stalking, illicit drug use, sex tapes, gambling and drug possession.

However, Hayne faces strong opposition this year from other footballers who have also been accused of sexual assault. Jack de Belin is still involved in a seemingly eternal court case after being accused of rape a long time ago, and fellow NRL player Tristan Sailor is also being investigated for sexual assault, as was Collingwood player Jordan de Goey. It is not certain when a verdict will be reached in their cases.

Following on their heels are Manase Fainu, who was charged with stabbing a man outside a church dance, and Jamil Hopoate, who has been charged with drink driving assaulting a woman. 2016 Medallist Corey Norman used a street brawl to try to win back the medal, and Zane ‘Last Chance’ Musgrove earned yet another nomination, alongside Asu Kepaoa.

AFL attempted to defend the prize they won last year when Jonathon Patton was caught sending lewd images to women who didn’t want them, and a host of fellow NRL players will keep pressure on the front runners for this year’s medal.

Knights rookie Phoenix Crossland announced the beginning of another NRL season by getting into a pub brawl, while Payne Haas and Corey Harawira-Naera earned repeat nominations. Another Corey from the Raiders, Horsburgh, was caught drink driving, while Suliasi Vunivalu earned a Frownlow nomination before he’d played his first game of professional rugby union. The Broncos have made a significant contribution already, with Kotoni Staggs being accused of homophobia, and Tesi Niu being charged with a driving offence.

In addition, Sharks big man Toby Rudolf told the most costly joke in NRL history, and Roosters forward Victor Radley got punished for tackling a man.

Who will win The Frownlow Medal in 2021?

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Scott Morrison demands Jarryd Hayne be awarded The Frownlow Medal.

EXCLUSIVE: The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has exercised his executive powers to demand that fellow Hillsong member Jarryd Hayne win The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Mr Morrison is believed to have instructed Frownlow judges to award the medal to the ex-NRL player who faces charges of sexually assaulting a young woman on grand final night in 2019.

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 prime minister vehemently denies making the phone call, however.

“The prime minister did not threaten judges of The Frownlow Medal,” read a statement from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. “The prime minister reserves threatening phone calls for female premiers, female colleagues, female staffers, female reporters and female opponents. Furthermore, Rupert Murdoch has no interest in Jarryd Hayne or The Frownlow Medal, and did not issue any instructions to Mr Morrison on the matter.”

Mr Morrison himself did issue a brief statement in response to the revelations.

“Jarryd’s a good Christian boy, and he deserves to win the Frownlow more than any other alleged rapists (including Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor). Frankly, I don’t see why he didn’t win the medal in 2019 or 2020”

Mr Morrison is forgetting that Hayne’s court case is ongoing and the former Origin star has not been found guilty or innocent.

Hayne and Morrison share an association with the Pentecostal megachurch in Sydney which combines rock music with morality and Christian virtues. Hayne successfully had his bail conditions changed in 2019 so that he could attend Christian missionary college in Perth, while awaiting trial on the rape charges. The former Australian representative often speaks publicly about the importance of his faith.

Another ex-NRL player, Wes Naiqama, is also a member of Hillsong, and has already been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for various off-field indiscretions. Hayne, meanwhile, was nominated for Frownlow honours in 2016 and 2017, as well as 2019, 20 and 21.

Judges of Australia’s most prestigious sporting honour have assured fans that they remain impartial and objective and will not be pressured by anyone, not even the prime minister. They also reminded Jarryd that the winner will be announced at the end of the year, so he and Scott have plenty of time to pray for victory.

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Fondlers, Teachers, Rapists (?) and Breachers battle for The Frownlow Medal.

The Frownow Medal has become a battle between the Breachers, the Teachers, the Fondlers and three alleged rapists in 2020, and the winner will be announced in a matter of weeks. While the nominees prepare for the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, we take a look at the favourites for the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

Elijah Taylor is favourite at the time of writing. The AFL player pleaded guilty to physically assaulting his partner and has already been awarded a Wife Beater tattoo, as well as being fined and dropped by the Sydney Swans.

Taylor is not in prison, but NRL players Jarryd Hayne, Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor could be. Hayne is currently in court for alleged sexual assault of a woman, and will be hard to beat if he is found guilty. Sailor and de Belin face similar charges but may not complete their court cases in 2020, so may have to hope for Frownlow glory in 2021.

Manase Fainu is also waiting for the courts to decide his fate. The rookie NRL player is still up on charges of stabbing someone – at a church dance.

The (alleged) rapists also have to contend with the Teachers and the Breachers.

NRL players Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera are the Teachers. They offered private study sessions to teenage girls they met on an official Canterbury Bulldogs school visit, and were sacked by the NRL. They were later welcomed back into the NRL, as the girls were of legal age, and because the girls drastically improved their grades.

A total of 31 players breached strict COVID-19 protocols this year, and earned Frownlow nominations as a result. The most famous was Nathan Cleary, whose performance on TikTok impressed fans more than his performance for the Panthers in the Grand Final. Lachie Hunter’s breach included alcohol abuse, fleeing the scene, drink driving and smashing into parked cars, including one that belonged to his girlfriend’s parents – awkward.

Footy Fondlers

AFL players clearly have a fascination with other players’ private parts. Cameras caught Nick Vlastuin, Jack Riewoldt, Jayden Short, Dan Butler, Jayden Hunt and Christian Petracca practising their handballs with their teammates.

Dual nominee

Tyson Stengle earned two nominations in one year. The first for drink driving in an unregistered car while disqualified from driving, and the second for possession of illicit drugs.

Yet again, AFL and NRL players dominate the nominations for The Frownlow Medal. Rugby Union and Football players did not earn a single nomination, while the NRL earned 31 and the AFL 23. Will Taylor become the first player to win the award outright for the AFL?

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Elijah Taylor earns a Wife Beater tattoo.

AFL player Elijah Taylor has joined a long list of professional footballers to have been awarded The Frownlow Medal Wife Beater tattoo after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The talented 19-year-old pleaded guilty to numerous charges for an incident in September 2020 and was sacked by the Sydney Swans.

Taylor has added his name to an illustrious list of players from the major football codes who have all been found guilty of violence against women, including physical assault and sexual assault, and who now display the sought-after tattoo on the fists used to injure their victims.

The list includes players such as:

AFL

Nick Stevens

Justin Murphy

Liam Jurrah

NRL

Robert Lui

Stuart Webb

Sam Burgess (premiership winner, England international)

Matt Lodge

Scott Bolton (premiership winner)

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano (premiership winner, New Zealand international)

Ben Barba (premiership winner, Dally M medallist)

Jake Friend (premiership winning captain, Origin)

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso (premiership winner, Tonga international)

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake (Tonga international)

Kirisome Auva’a (premiership winner, Samoa international)

Greg Inglis (premiership winner, Origin winner, Australian captain – for a few hours)

Ken McGuinness (NSW Origin)

and Dylan Walker (premiership winner, Origin, Australia)

And let’s not forget Craig Wells, who was found guilty of raping a teenage girl after plying her with illicit drugs. A far cry from playing for the Wallabies.

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