Former rugby player Chris Dawson could remain behind bars into eternity regardless of the sentence for murdering his wife Lynette.
Dawson was recently found guilty of the 1982 murder and is almost certain to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame and honoured forever alongside other footballing greats.
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 star Jarryd Hayne 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 former Eastern Suburbs rugby union and Newtown Jets rugby league player was finally found guilty after a long court case which stretched out for many years and earned him great infamy. The saga and the legal trial was the subject of The Teacher’s Pet podcast as they involved Dawson’s love affair with one of his former high-school students.
Dawson admitted to being in love with the teenage girl while still married to Lynette, and has been asked numerous times to tell Lynette’s family where her body is buried.
Whether or not Dawson ends up in prison, or behind bars in The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame, depends largely on the outcome of a probable appeal against the guilty verdict.