The pressure that led Curtis Scott to drink.

Former NRL player Curtis Scott claims the pressure of being a multiple Frownlow nominee led him to abuse alcohol. His alcohol abuse and off-field behaviour recently caused the Canberra Raiders to terminate his contract, and have improved his chances of winning 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.

Scott was recently quoted as saying:

“I’ve been to the lowest of the lows…you can’t get any lower. It was as dark as it gets…I’d had enough of feeling sh*t,”

“The reason I did drink was to try to escape the living hell. The pressure and the outside noise. I turned to alcohol to give myself a break and escape my problems.”

Experts believed he was referring to the pressure of being a professional footballer. The pressure of playing a game he loves for a living, the pressure of being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year at such a young age, and the pressure of being adored by fans all over the country, including beautiful young women.

However, Scott conceded that he suffered through the stress of being nominated for the highest honour in Australian sport on more than one occasion.

Scott did not play in the NRL from Round 12, 2021, after an incident at a Canberra nightclub saw him charged with assault. He was later sanctioned with a $15,000 fine and three-game ban. This follows an incident in 2020. On Australia Day that year he was found drunk and barely conscious at Moore Park in Sydney and had an altercation with police.

“People have no idea what it’s like to be a Frownlow nominee,” he said.

“The pressure is unbearable. Some of the best footballers in history have been nominated, and we have to live up to their reputation, which is why I abused alcohol so much. Plus, there’s the pressure of being a role model to young kids and the stress of thinking of an incident that’s so bad it wins the medal.”

“Once you get nominated, you feel pressure to get nominated the next year and the next. I mean, look at your Corey Normans, your Julian O’Neills, Brendan Fevolas and Ben Cousins’, all those legends, they just get nominated again and again, that’s what ya gotta live up to as a Frownlow nominee.”

“I even tried to get a patriotic nomination, that was my first one. I got drunk and did something stupid on Australia Day, how Aussie is that – but nah, it wasn’t enough to win the medal that year and I had to get in a pub fight this year to even be in the running for the medal.”

Scott also claimed that he moved from his native Sydney to Melbourne, then to Canberra, to escape distractions and factors that could get him into trouble off the field. He couldn’t, ultimately, escape the expectation that comes with being a Frownlow nominee.

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Paul Vaughan’s year gets even better.

NRL player Paul Vaughan has greatly increased his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal after losing his NRL contract and being accused of a sexting scandal.

Vaughan was initially nominated for hosting a house party which resulted in huge fines for him and 12 of his Dragons teammates, and his since been sacked for his third serious off-field incident.

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.

Media reports allege that Vaughan was involved in a sexting scandal in 2019. The accusations have not been proven, but sources believe they contributed to Vaughan’s sacking when combined with the latest incident and a COVID breach in 2020 at a local cafe.

Vaughan hosted the house party which resulted in a total of more than $300,000 fines for most of the Dragons first-grade team. He was fined $50,000 and suspended for 8 games, the worst punishment of any player. Club bosses then considered his 2020 COVID breach, and are said to have added these to the alleged sexting scandal.

Vaughan faces tough opposition for The Frownlow Medal this year. Jarryd Hayne is in prison for sexual assault, and a total of 49 footballers have so far been nominated, and its only July. That said, previous Frownlow medallists claimed the prize after being kicked out of the NRL. Ben Barba won in 2019 and Tim Simona in 2017 after repeated offences ruined their football careers.

Vaughan must now attempt to save his sporting career, which will be very difficult. At least he knows he has a very good chance of winning the most prestigious award in Australian sport, The Frownlow Medal. He might also earn the honour of hosting the awards night at his house in Shellharbour.

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Cameron Munster blamed for Qld Origin humiliation.

Cameron Munster faces the axe from State of Origin II after it was revealed he was wearing light blue underwear during the 50 – 6 loss to NSW in game 1.

Coach Paul Green has two weeks to decide whether to drop the star playmaker, who chose to wear undies that were exactly the same colour as the NSW jerseys during the game in Townsville. TV cameras exposed the treacherous act when Munster was caught in a scuffle with opposition player Liam Martin and his maroon shorts slid down. During the scuffle, Munster is also alleged to have kicked out at Martin while he was on the ground. A striking charge could see Munster forced out of game 2 in Brisbane, but it is the wardrobe choice which has Queenslanders more concerned.

“No wonder we lost. Munster wore blue undies,” commented an enraged Qld fan on social media.

“Sack him!”

“Is he colour blind?”

“Traitor!”…wrote others.

Green was also incensed at the actions of the player who guided the understrength Qld team to victory in the 2020 series.

“Cameron should know better,” Green stated.

“He should never have worn light blue undies in an Origin game, it’s unforgivable.”

Green would not be drawn on whether he would leave Munster out of game 2.

“Look, it’s hard to say. He made a massive error which probably cursed the team and cost us the game, but we have to be realistic. We’ve got a lot of injuries. Ponga is still injured. Grant is missing match fitness. Fifita didn’t perform and every player performed pretty poorly, so it’s hard to drop a player with so much talent. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Instead of dropping Munster, Qld staff proposed another solution.

“We need to dress the players before the game.”

“We’ve got a million assistant coaches and ex-players just hanging around the dressing room every game, so we might as well put them to work. We’ll match one ex-player with every current player and help them get dressed before the game. They can even pack their bags for the boys at the hotel, make sure they bring their mouthguard and boots and stuff like that – and tie the players’ shoelaces.”

Munster was asked for comment, but instead he kicked out at the reporter and stormed off to the changeroom.

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Michael Jennings earns his fifth Frownlow nomination.

Former NRL player Michael Jennings has collected his fifth Frownlow nomination after his ex-wife accused him of rape. Jennings has now been nominated in five of the last six years and could finally win induction into 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.

Jennings is locked in a dramatic battle involving himself, his ex-wife and current girlfriend, as well as the media. He is defending civil proceedings in the NSW District Court as his ex-wife is seeking damages for personal injuries, and made allegations that he repeatedly raped her during their relationship. She claims the former premiership winner raped her five or six times and subjected her to emotional and verbal abuse. Jennings has denied the allegations and has never been charged by police.

Media networks jumped on the story after learning that the former NRL star’s new partner made potentially defamatory statements on social media. His current girlfriend is accused of posting defamatory comments about Jennings’ ex-wife.

A soap opera court case is appropriate for a player who surrounded himself with drama throughout his career. Despite representing NSW, Australia and Tonga, Jennings will also be remembered for numerous incidents which saw him earn Frownlow nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He was eventually kicked out of the NRL in 2020 for taking performance enhancing drugs, and littered his career with incidents including repeated alcohol abuse, offensive behaviour, kicking a boom gate, liking Israel Folau’s homophobic posts and confessing to taking illicit drugs.

Will 2021 see Jennings finally win the accoldaes he deserves?

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Elijah Taylor wins The Frownlow Medal.

AFL player Elijah Taylor has won The Frownlow Medal in 2020 after also earning a Wife Beater tattoo for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Taylor earned two separate nominations in one year and this helped him defeat rivals Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin and become the first non-NRL player to win the award.

Taylor pleaded guilty to physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend and was sacked by the Sydney Swans as well as being fined $5000. He had already been suspended earlier in the year for breaching strict COVID-19 protocols to sneak the same woman into the Swan’s team hotel in Perth. 2020 was the 19-year-old’s debut season, and he looks unlikely to play AFL in the future.

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.

Taylor’s rivals included the three alleged rapists, as well as another suspected wife beater in Collingwood player Jordan de Goey. He also saw off challenges from 50 other footballers, and 30 fellow COVID-19 breachers including Nathan Cleary and Lachie Hunter.

During the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, Taylor paid tribute to the ingrained misogyny of professional football in Australia and the confidence it gave him to physically assault his ex-girlfriend. He thanked his fellow nominees and also thanked the judicial system for failing to reach a verdict in the sexual assault cases of Hayne and De Belin.

“I knew they were my toughest competition, and I have to give credit to them for their performance this year, but I’m just glad the judges saw that I put in the hard yards and I’m lucky to come away with the win.”

The AFL has finally lifted the award from the NRL, which had taken the honours every year since 2015. Former AFL player Karmichael Hunt won the award in 2018, but he also played NRL and Super Rugby.

Ironically, Taylor was later caught trying to sneak someone into the awards venue, until judges reminded him that this is the Frownlow, so anything goes. Taylor can now spend the 2021 AFL season admiring his shiny new medal and staring at his Wife Beater tattoo.

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Mitchell Andrews states the case for a rookie category of The Frownlow Medal.

Young Rugby League player Mitchell Andrews has issued a call for a rookie category of The Frownlow Medal after losing his contract with the Newcastle Knights.

Andrews earned his nomination following numerous alcohol-related off-field incidents. It is believed Andrews was on his final warning when he committed another scandal. The young winger has also been banned from entering any club administered by Wests Leagues, which owns the Knights.

Calls for a rookie category have been growing for a number of years, with a number of young players involving themselves in scandals. All of them are Rugby League players, and they include Jayden Nikorima, Jake Clifford, Myles Taueli, Liam Coleman and Manase Fainu, plus the 2019 NRL rookie of the year, Payne Haas.

The most outstanding nominee is the Wests Tigers junior player who took a photo of his ‘junior member’ during an official team function, in team uniform, and posted it on social media. The player was never named and it is believed he never played a game of first grade.

What next for Andrews?

Who knows if he will ever fulfil his potential and play in the NRL. What is known is that he will be surrounded by positive role models at the Frownlow awards night to be held later this year.

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