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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The real reason police released David Fifita.

Exclusive: Police have revealed that NRL star David Fifita was released from custody in order to attend the awards ceremony for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Fifita was recently arrested for alleged trespassing but was immediately released once police learned he had earned his third nomination for Australia’s most prestigious sporting award.

The Frownlow awards will take place in a few days, at the venue Mitchell Pearce had booked for his wedding on the NSW north coast, and Fifita will join more than 50 other nominees.

The Gold Coast Titans player was arrested after he entered someone’s premises, apparently believing he had been invited by a young woman. The young woman and other occupants then apparently told him he was not welcome, and the police were called.

Fifita earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2019 when he got himself arrested for a bar room scuffle in Bali. The Brisbane Broncos bailed him out, then he signed a lucrative with the Titans. He earned his second nomination earlier this year for a COVID-19 breach.

The kindness of the boys in blue gives Fifita time to get his suit fitted for Australian sport’s night of nights, where he will find out if he has done enough to win The Frownlow Medal.

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