Danny Cipriani and Richard Kingi order a bottle of vodka.

Rugby Union players Danny Cipriani and Richard Kingi have demanded a bottle of vodka be placed next to their plaques if they are inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The former Melbourne Rebels players famously stole a bottle of vodka from a bar in 2011 when they weren’t supposed to be partying at all.

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 Rebels team had agreed that they would not go out after losing a game to the NSW Waratahs. Not only did Kingi and Cipriani hit the town, they souvenired a bottle of vodka from behind the bar at a nightclub. Why an England international and Wallaby would need to steal rather than pay for a drink is a mystery…

Cipriani then strengthened his Frownlow chances by staying out late on a different night and failing to turn up to training the next day.

In response to criticism, Kingi and Cipriani said,

“You call the club Rebels, so what do you expect?”

“You think we’re gonna be tucked up in bed by 10pm on a weekend?”

Cipriani and Kingi will both attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year, and have been advised that there will be no need to steal drinks as the bar is open all night long.

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Matt Lodge to counsel Jack de Belin.

Matt Lodge has kindly offered to coach fellow NRL player Jack de Belin in how to handle the boos and jeers from the crowd during his first few games back in first-grade.

Lodge was savagely booed every time he ran onto the field and touched the ball when he made his return to first-grade after a stint in prison, and expects de Belin to suffer the same treatment.

“It’s really tough being booed and screamed at every time you touch the ball,” said Lodge.

“It’ll happen to Jack and even though we’re on different teams, I told him that I’m here for him any time he wants to talk about it or needs support with his mental health and wellbeing, and help moving forward.”

Lodge will work on specific self-esteem and relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises and one technique in particular which is sure to improve de Belin’s mood:

“Just look at your bank balance”

“I’ll also tell Jack that eventually everyone will just forget about it, and the next thing you know you’ll be playing Origin again. You’ll probably play for Australia soon, especially with all these players getting injured or suspended for head-high tackles.”

Lodge spent time in Rikers Island jail in The USA after being found guilty of threatening to kill a young woman in New York, forcing his way into her apartment, assaulting a man who tried to defend the woman and forcing his way into the man’s apartment, before smashing it up and threatening the man’s wife and young child who had locked themselves in their bathroom. Lodge had already being charged with domestic violence in Australia, and been served with an AVO. This is why he was, at the time, the most hated man in rugby league.

“Luckily, Jack will soon be the most hated man in rugby league, and they’ll forget about my crimes. I’ll make sure I’m there to help him through it.”

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Willie Rioli just couldn’t wait.

Willie Rioli was just three months away from ending a two-year drug ban from the AFL when he got himself arrested for drugs. Rioli was allegedly caught in possession of cannabis recently and earned his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal, as well as a second possible suspension from the sport.

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.

Rioli was first nominated for Frownlow honours in 2019 when he failed an ASADA drug test. Two weeks later, he tested positive again to metabolite cannabis on a match day in September, and was found guilty of two breaches relating to tampering with a urine sample, and one for the use of cannabis.

After the failed test and the suspension, Rioli said:

“I realise I have done wrong things and I have learned from it. I am sorry for letting people down. I am looking forward to putting all this behind me and playing footy again soon.”

It seems he may not have learned anything, as a police sniffer dog allegedly detected cannabis in his possession at Darwin airport recently. Rioli was living and playing lower-grade football in the top end while he sat out the two-year ban for the 2019 offence, and the courts will now decide if he ever returns to the field for the West Coast Eagles.

Rioli’s fall from grace is an unfortunate stain on a family of AFL royalty, which has produced many outstanding players across multiple generations. Willie’s nomination also comes on the exact same day that his cousin and Richmond player, Daniel, was also nominated for Frownlow honours.

Willie was supposed to be eligible for selection in August of this year, but now his AFL fate, and his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal, are in the hands of the judges.

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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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Why Krisnan Inu is praying for Jarryd Hayne.

Former NRL player Krisnan Inu has asked The Almighty to help his friend Jarryd Hayne win The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Inu announced to social media that he rejects the verdict which sentenced Hayne to five years and three months in prison for sexual assault, and he subsequently earned himself 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.

Inu defended Hayne’s innocence and implored the former NRL star to trust in The Almighty to guide him through his time behind bars, and to victory in The Frownlow Medal later this year.

“Not enough words can express how I’m feeling for my lil bro,”

“Don’t think justice was served to it’s proper intent. To the so called victim.”

“Hope you actually get the help you need, because the things that was said about my boy, wasn’t what he’s about. Never has, never will be.”

“I’m praying for you my Uso. Keep your faith strong like it has been, and let your loved ones come together to help look after your family. Love you Bula.”

“And to his loving family, if there’s anything youse need, I got youse.”

Hopefully Hayne’s family also gives Inu anything he needs, including free literacy lessons.

Inu is now in contention for a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, alongside a host of other famous footballers, including another of Hayne’s friends and former teammates, Tony Williams. Williams also used social media to launch a scathing and profane defence of Hayne, and the three buddies could be reunited at the Frownlow awards night later this year.

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Tony Williams blasts the judges of The Frownlow Medal.

Former NRL player Tony Williams has slammed the judges of The Frownlow Medal for nominating his ex-teammate Jarryd Hayne for the nation’s highest sporting honour. Williams took to social media to launch an error and expletive ridden rant defending Hayne’s innocence, and earned himself 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.

Hayne was recently sentenced to five years and three months in prison, and the guilty verdict makes him the current favourite to win the prestigious medal in 2021. Williams claims his former Parramatta Eels teammate is innocent and should never have been nominated, as he explained in the following post:

“Fn dogs”

“To all Haynsy’s family and friends stay strong for him and let God do he’s thing I love you all … God always prevails.

“Before I let this be just want to congratulate the victim and the so called justice system you’ve sent an innocent brotherly to jail away from he’s kids you bunch of flops … that’s all respectively.”

Williams offended many people on social media and created a new language in the process. He introduced to the lexicon terms such as ‘an innocent brotherly’, ‘let God do he’s thing’, ‘he’s kids’, ‘Haynsy’s’ and ‘that’s all respectively.”

The man they call T Rex also argued that God would prevail, but did not explain why God didn’t stop Hayne from committing the crime in the first place.

Williams now achieves the honour of being nominated for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. In 2018, he earned a Frownlow nomination after being sacked by the Parramatta Eels for testing positive to cocaine for the second time, and for having his licence suspended for drink driving.

If T Rex is inducted into the hall of fame later this year, he will also be gifted free adult literacy lessons.

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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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Hymel Hunt follows his cousins to a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Hymel Hunt has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for betting on NRL matches, and in doing so joined two of his cousins who have won Frownlow honours.

Hunt was suspended for two matches by the NRL in 2014 after being found guilty of betting on NRL games, and his nomination sees him join cousins Kirisome Auva’a and 2018 Frownlow medallist Karmichael Hunt in the Frownlow family.

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 and 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.

Hunt will be hoping that his suspension is enough to earn him a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, especially if it gives him bragging rights at the next family BBQ.

To find out about the actions that earned Auva’a and Karmichael their Frownlow honours, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal.

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Manu Vatuvei and his second drug bust.

Former NRL player Manu Vatuvei has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being accused of his second drug-related scandal. Vatuvei was accused of importing illicit drugs into New Zealand just three years after he scored his first Frownlow nomination for a separate drug controversy.

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 New Zealand international could face life in prison after recently revealing that in 2019 he was charged with possessing methamphetamine for supply and importing the Class A drug. Vatuvei finally confessed to being the subject of the charges when he posted a message on social media.

“In 2019 I was charged with importation, possession and supply of methamphetamine. All of these charges are accusations and I will be fighting my innocence for these charges. I know there’ll be a lot of questions … but I’ve been advised from my legal team that’s all I can talk about.”

The bullocking winger is no stranger to drug controversies. In 2016 he was nominated for The Frownlow Medal after being stood down by the Warriors for his poor attitude and for mixing prescription drugs with energy drinks on a night out.

The cult hero now joins a select group of footballers who have been nominated for The Frwonwlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The question is, will he join an even more select group of footballers serving time behind bars?

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Jonathan Patton and the iConsent App.

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Patton has been revealed as the creator of the much-maligned iConsent App which was designed to tackle sexual crimes against women. The recently retired AFL player admitted to creating the App as part of his new career as a social media consultant.

Patton confessed to creating the App while announcing the launch of his new company Pervy Patterns.

“I thought of the iConsent App”, stated Patton.

“Everyone thinks it was Mick Fuller (NSW Police Commissioner) but he only took the credit because we thought it would be more popular if it was announced by a senior law officer, not another scandal-prone footballer. It was my idea, based on my intimate knowledge of the power of social media in maintaining consensual relationships.”

Patton revealed the App was one component of a broader socila media consultancy package which he can deliver to clients, and which he was developing during the final days of his football career. Pervy Patterns will work with social media models and influencers to strengthen their brand and their earning potential, with a particular focus on tasteful risque imagery.

“Pervy Patterns will also carry a lot of messages and practical tips for men about consensual interactions with women via social media and communications devices, as this is a subject I have learned a lot about recently.”

Patton is accused of sending multiple revealing images of himself to several women via social media even after the women asked him to stop. After the scandal broke, he checked himself into a medical facility claiming he was suffering from mental health issues.

He was stood down by the Hawthorn Hawks while an investigation is carried out into the incident, which includes allegations that he called a woman on FaceTime and appeared fully naked when she answered, and that the calling and messaging continued for a total of three years.

“I know how to attract attention, I know how to increase awareness of a personal brand, and I know that sex sells!”

“I will employ this special knowledge and proven experience to assist clients to increase awareness and exposure of their personal brand, and to subsequently increase their earnings. My business is a niche company specialising in the utilisation of risque, but tasteful, images across diverse social media platforms.” 

“Clients will enjoy tailored and trusted advice in the art of taking and filtering revealing images, disseminating those images with a wide reach, even to reluctant recipients, as well as in monetising publicity generated from exposing their flesh.”

Patton begins his new role immediately, and has offered discounted rates to professional footballers aiming to win The Frownlow Medal.

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