English brothers attempt to steal a piece of Aussie sporting history.

England’s Burgess brothers could become the first siblings to be inducted into The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame in the same year. Sam, Luke and George are all in contention for the award in 2021 after joining 39 professional footballers in committing 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.

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.

Luke is the big brother of the NRL family and he was nominated for a drunken bar fight in Arizona while on a Rabbitohs pre-season training camp in 2015. Luke and John Sutton were handcuffed and investigated by police after being kicked out of the bar and picking a fight with a bouncer.

George was involved in a road rage incident this year, and received nominations in 2013 for throwing a street sign through a car window, and for somehow appearing naked on a gay porn website.

Meanwhile, Sam is a Frownlow favourite, having earned nominations for either the medal or the hall of fame in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, for incidents including driving offences, social media scandals and allegations of domestic violence.

Earlier this year he was caught driving without a valid NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle, and allegedly failed a drug test. Some media outlets claim he tested positive for cocaine, and was on his way to pick up his children. Sam is already in the hall of fame.

If the Burgess brothers are successful, they would create history. Andrew and Matthew Johns were both nominated in 2018, but only Andrew was inducted. Even off the field Matthew couldn’t match his brother’s rugby league achievements.

Defending Australia’s honour.

A host of Aussie footballers from the NRL and AFL are doing their best to ensure that a bunch of Englishmen don’t take over the biggest prize in Aussie sport.

Like Father, Like Son

Jamil Hopoate is attempting to join his dad John in the hall of fame. Jamil earned a Wife Beater tattoo this year after being found guilty of assaulting his partner in 2020. He hit his partner to the ground, spat at security guards, threatened to bash them and fled the scene, leaving behind the mother of his nine-month-old child. His partner was taken to hospital, and he was later caught drink-driving. Earlier this year he led police on a chase through Sydney after jumping out of a truck containing $155 million worth of cocaine. These incidents followed a stint in prison for a violent assault outside a Manly pub in 2014.

His father won induction for all manner of controversies, including the infamous finger up the undies of an opposition player. Currently, Jim and Andrew Krakouer of the AFL are the only Father – Son combo in the hall of fame.

This is real

AFL star Heath Shaw once crashed into a parked car while driving drunk and then lied about the incident to the media. He was also suspended from AFL for gambling on matches and detained by police for drunken behaviour in public. He strengthened his bid for Frownlow immortalisation when he and Sam Burgess both appeared on the reality TV show SAS Australia. It’s amazing how many Frownlow nominees appear on reality TV shows.

Have a beer with an alcoholic

Jason Smith flew out of control after his NRL career. The Australia representative confessed to years of alcohol and drug abuse and claims he considered suicide. He was also implicated in the drug supply ring which earned prison sentences for two other former NRL players and Frownlow nominees, Matt Seers and John Touma. His lawyer suggested that his fans could help him get his life back on track by having a beer with him.

A Current Affair

Jake Carlisle can thank A Current Affair for his nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Carlisle was filmed by the Channel 9 program snorting cocaine on the same day that he was traded from Essendon To St Kilda in 2015.

The Pollie Puncher.

Chris Tarrant might get into the hall of fame on popularity alone. He did something every Australian has always wanted to do; he punched a politician.

The Skull Smasher

It sounds like the name of a professional wrestler, but it’s the title of a former NRL player. Gideon Gela-Mosby threw away his footy career with the Cowboys after smashing a man’s skull in 2020.

It finally happened

Anthony Mundine is a former NRL player, Boxer, and one of the most controversial athletes in Australia. That said, he didn’t receive a Frownlow nomination until this year, and only because of a bizarre anti-vaccination post on social media.

Who will make it?

Who will be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame in 2021? The candidates listed above certainly have a strong chance, but so do other professional footballers, who have until the end of this year to impress Frownlow judges and become part of Australian sporting history.

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A Burgess Brothers Take-Over.

The Burgess brothers of the NRL have staged a take-over of The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame after Luke earned a nomination for a drunken bar fight in Arizona. Luke now joins younger brothers Sam and George as nominees for the prestigious award 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.

Luke and teammate John Sutton were handcuffed outside a bar in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2015 during a South Sydney pre-season training camp. They were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. They were forced to sit on the kerb after it was alleged that the bouncer has asked Sutton to leave and Burgess intervened and pushed the bouncer to the ground, drawing blood.

The police report claimed Sutton and Burgess were intoxicated, rude and aggressive towards the bouncer before the fight, and told bar staff to ‘come outside’ upon being asked to leave. The bouncer later dropped charges against the pair after an ‘agreement’ was reached.

Luke has retired from the NRL after playing with the Rabbitohs and Manly, and is now a ride-share driver with DiDi.

This marks the first time three brothers have been nominated for Frownlow honours in the same year. The Silvagni brothers of the AFL earned nominations in 2019 and Matthew and Andrew Johns have both been nominated.

Earlier this year, George was nominated for numerous scandals.

He took two nude selfies in 2013 and they somehow made their way onto the gay porn site and were also circulated on Twitter. No one was able to explain how they ended up on the site, and no action was taken against Burgess by either the NRL or the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

In the same year, he was given a two-match suspension and a $10,000 fine after he was charged by Queensland police with throwing a street sign through a car window in Redlynch near Cairns. He was charged with two counts of wilful damage to a car and was ordered to undertake an anger management program and 50 hours of community work.

To strengthen his bid for a place in the hall of fame, he then got himself involved in a road rage incident in 2021, just weeks after signing a deal with the Dragons to return to the NRL. It is alleged that Burgess left his vehicle after he said he was being filmed by another driver, had an argument, and threw the man’s phone on the ground. He was charged with malicious damage.

Meanwhile, Sam is a perennial Frownlow favourite, having earned nominations for either the medal or the hall of fame in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, for incidents including driving offences, social media scandals and allegations of domestic violence.

Earlier this year he was caught driving without a valid NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle, and allegedly failed a drug test. Some media outlets claim he tested positive for cocaine, and was on his way to pick up his children. Sam is already in the hall of fame.

Three of the four Burgess brothers are now in contention for a prized position in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The only question is, will brother Tom join them?

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Sam Burgess makes a comeback.

Sam Burgess has made another bid for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame despite having been inducted in 2020. The former NRL player was recently caught driving without a valid NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle, and allegedly failed a drug test. Some media outlets claim he tested positive for cocaine, and was on his way to pick up his children.

Who says footballers are not great role models?

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.

Burgess was inducted into the hall of fame last year after a massive controversy which saw him accused of domestic violence, violence against women, intimidation and drug and alcohol abuse. His former club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, was also accused of covering up some of his misdemeanours and providing false samples for drug testing. The investigation into the incident continues.

Burgess received Frownlow nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, and first attracted the attention of judges when he posted a photo of himself on social media using his phone while driving. He has come a long way since then.

The rampagining forward, who is famous for playing in a winning grand final team with a broken bone on his face, will now be remembered for a sordid family scandal riddled with drug and alcohol abuse, violence and self-destruction – exactly what is expected of inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Justin Murphy leads The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame inductees for 2020.

The inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for 2020 are former NRL and AFL players who have achieved remarkable feats off the field since hanging up their boots. They include wife beaters, fraudsters, drug addicts and footballers nominated for assault and crass self promotion.

The Wife Beaters

Justin Murphy served two prison sentences for violence against women and drug abuse. He first went to prison in 2017 for abusing his then girlfriend physically and financially. On one occasion, Murphy held the woman down and attacked her with a blowtorch. Her injuries were so severe that she was forced to have a finger amputated. He returned to the house a year later, got naked and ignited the same blow torch, threatening to burn his ex and her house.

The former Geelong, Carlton, Essendon and Richmond player also managed to withdraw money from her bank account without her permission, and she was forced to move house on numerous occasions so that Murphy would not find her, even after he was released from his first stint behind bars. He then served another 59-day sentence for what was described as a sustained campaign of terror against his ex-partner.

He completed community service and drug rehabilitation programs, as his legal team claimed the violence was connected to a strong addiction to ice and GHB.

The second wife beater is Sam Burgess. A lengthy expose in The Australian newspaper alleged that the former NRL player:

  • Physically assaulted his heavily pregnant wife
  • Abused illicit drugs
  • Went on multi-day drug and alcohol-fuelled benders, including when his pregnant wife was admitted to hospital.
  • Intimidated and verbally abused his wife
  • Threatened his wife
  • Abused prescription medication
  • Committed adultery with a young woman, while his wife was pregnant, and threatened the woman to stay silent.
  • Submitted a blood test for drugs under a false name

The newspaper report also suggests that Burgess may have been protected by the NRL when he was involved in a sexting scandal in 2018 during the NRL finals series. He was cleared of any wrong doing at the time.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs club has been accused of not only covering up the allegations against Burgess, but of appointing him captain. The report claims that a doctor injected Burgess with liquid tranquilliser then put the father-in-law’s name on the prescription, and that another doctor conducted a secret drug test in an underground car park at the famous South Sydney Juniors club.

Another ex NRL player with claims to a Wife Beater tattoo is Wes Naiqama. There is strong suspicion that Naiqama is the subject of the song Scarless by ex-girlfriend Paulini, which outlines domestic violence inflicted on the singer. Naiqama was also earned his spot in the hall of fame after serving four months periodic detention in 2007 for a fourth conviction of driving while disqualified, and for an incident in a pub in Newcastle while playing for the Knights. The police investigation saw him stood down by the Knights.

Assault

Assault is a popular crime for inductees in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, and it earned a plaque for ex-AFL player Heath Scotland. Scotland was involved in a brawl which left one man unconscious at the Mulwala Ski Club near Yarrawonga. As a result, he was formally charged with common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and violent disorder. The ex-midfielder was given a two-year good behaviour bond without conviction.

Fraudsters

Two of the inductees in 2020 earned their places due to fraud. Former AFL players Aaron Lord and David Dench dishonestly acquired large sums of money to supplement their post-football incomes.

Former Hawthorn and Geelong player Lord narrowly avoided a prison sentence after being found guilty of scamming $60,000 from Centrelink, and he confessed to abusing drugs and alcohol during his post-football career.

Lord pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception. He claimed that he had earned no money during the time in question, but he had actually earned more than $170,000. In total, he made 73 false claims to Centrelink.

As well as ripping off the Aussie taxpayer, Lord admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol as his life descended into chaos and his marriage broke down. He also lost his house during these turbulent times. Lord was handed an 18-month community corrections order and forced to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, as well as undertaking alcohol and mental health treatment.

Dench, meanwhile, spent four months in jail in 2008 as punishment for his role in a scheme to defraud Victoria University out of millions of dollars. The former North Melbourne fullback and captain was charged specifically with nine counts of obtaining property by deception and aiding and abetting the receipt of a secret commission.

The Bomb

Former AFL player and coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson was charged with offences including trafficking methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine and LSD, and of possessing prescription drugs without a prescription in 2018.

Police found substantial quantities of drugs in his home, but when he told authorities they were for the Frownlow awards night after party, the charges of trafficking were dropped and he was only punished for the lesser charge of possession.

The Bizarre

Frownlow awards would not be complete without a bizarre nomination, and Daniel Conn supplies us with one. The TV reality star and Instagram model also played in the NRL, and earned his induction for throwing a rock through a window and intimidating staff at Hustle Boxing gym in Potts Point, Sydney, which earned him a conditional release order. He later pleaded guilty to destroying property, intimidation and breaching an AVO, and to returning to his former workplace despite being told to leave.

Conn attempted to blame mental health issues for his wrongdoing and claimed he has attempted to take his own life on three occasions. The former Roosters, Bulldogs and Raiders backrower was also found guilty of faking painkiller prescriptions. In 2008, he presented a false prescription for Valium and Tramal at a Gold Coast pharmacy. During the subsequent investigation police discovered that he had used another false prescription the previous year. Conn refused to be interviewed by police and was fined $5000 and ordered to do community service.

Worse than any of the above crimes, however, is Conn’s career as an Instagram model, and his appearances on reality TV shows Geordie Shore and Ex on The Beach.

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Sam Burgess shows what it takes to win The Frownlow Medal.

Former NRL player Sam Burgess and his South Sydney club have gone to extraordinary lengths to earn a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The champion forward was featured in a shocking media expose which carried allegations of domestic violence, intimidation, drug abuse, adultery and a massive cover up on behalf of the Rabbitohs.

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.

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.

Burgess is currently facing a charge of intimidation (DV related) against his father in law, which prompted police to take out an apprehended violence order against the star forward.

The lengthy expose in The Australian newspaper alleges that Burgess:

  • Physically assaulted his heavily pregnant wife
  • Abused illicit drugs
  • Went on multi-day drug and alcohol-fuelled benders, including when his pregnant wife was admitted to hospital.
  • Intimidated and verbally abused his wife
  • Threatened his wife
  • Abused prescription medication
  • Committed adultery with a young woman, while his wife was pregnant, and threatened the woman to stay silent.
  • Submitted a blood test for drugs under a false name

The newspaper report also suggests that the current Rabbitohs assistant coach may have been protected by the NRL when he was involved in a sexting scandal in 2018 during the NRL finals series. He was cleared of any wrong doing at the time.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs club has been accused of not only covering up the allegations against Burgess, but of appointing him captain. The report claims that a doctor injected Burgess with liquid tranquilliser then put the father-in-law’s name on the prescription, and that another doctor conducted a secret drug test in an underground car park at the famous South Sydney Juniors club.

The scandalous behaviour is a major step up from Burgess’ previous Frownlow nominations. In 2016, 2018 and 2019, he was nominated for misuse of social media, which included taking a photo of himself while driving and posting it on his own social media account. This hardly compares to the actions of previous inductees and demonstrates more cluelessness than malice. His current nomination, however, places him in a very strong position for induction into the hall of fame.

Also fighting for induction are former AFL players David Dench, Heath Scotland, Justin Murphy and Aaron Lord, plus ex-NRL players Wes Naiqama and Daniel Conn, as well as the head coach at the Rabbitohs, Wayne Bennett.

Naiqama and Murphy join Burgess in an attempt to join the Frownlow Wife Beaters Club.

Murphy was first sentenced to prison for six months in 2017, after it was discovered that he had abused his then girlfriend both physically and financially. In one of the more severe incidents, Murphy held the woman down and attacked her with a blowtorch. Her injuries were so severe that she was forced to have a finger amputated. He then returned to the woman’s house a year later, got naked and ignited the same blow torch, threatening to burn his ex and her house.

The former Geelong, Carlton, Essendon and Richmond player also managed to withdraw money from her bank account without her permission, and she was forced to move house on numerous occasions so that Murphy would not find her, even after he was released from his first stint behind bars. He then served another 59-day sentence for what was described as a sustained campaign of terror against his ex-partner.

Naiqama is suspected of acts of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, the singer Paulini. It is believed that the alleged violence is the underlying theme in Paulini’s song ‘Scarless’.

Conn recently pleaded guilty to destroying property, intimidation and breaching an AVO after throwing a rock through a window of the Hustle Boxing gym in Potts Point last year and for returning to his former workplace despite being told to leave.

The former Roosters, Bulldogs and Raiders backrower was also found guilty of faking painkiller prescriptions. In 2008, Conn presented a false prescription for Valium and Tramal at a Gold Coast pharmacy. During the subsequent investigation police discovered that he had used another false prescription the previous year. Conn refused to be interviewed by police and was fined $5000 and ordered to do community service.

Conn also appeared on reality TV…twice.

Dench spent four months in jail in 2008 as punishment for his role in a scheme to defraud Victoria University out of millions of dollars. The former North Melbourne fullback and captain was charged specifically with nine counts of obtaining property by deception and aiding and abetting the receipt of a secret commission.

Scotland was involved in a brawl which left one man unconscious at the Mulwala Ski Club near Yarrawonga. As a result, he was formally charged with common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and violent disorder. The ex-midfielder was given a two year good behaviour bond without conviction.He also avoided conviction for an assault charge in 2005.

Lord pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception. He claimed that he had earned no money during the time in question, but he had actually earned more than $170,000. In total, he made 73 false claims to Centrelink. Lord also admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol as his life descended into chaos and his marriage broke down. He also lost his house during these turbulent times and was handed an 18 month community corrections order and forced to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, as well as undertaking alcohol and mental health treatment.

Bennett, meanwile, breached the COVID-19 bubble by eating out at a restaurant in Sydney.

The police and the NRL are both conducting their own investigations into the Burgess matter, and their findings will determine if the Englishman has done enough to earn induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Sam Burgess farewells the NRL with a late bid for The Frownlow Medal.

Retiring NRL player Sam Burgess has marked his departure from the game with a last-minute bid to win The Frownlow Medal.

The England international earned his nomination after being charged with intimidation, just moments after announcing his retirement 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 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.

It is alleged that Burgess was involved in an altercation with his father-in-law at the home of his children. The incident led police to take out a temporary apprehended violence order on the former Rabbitoh, and he will face court in the near future.

Burgess has been nominated for Frownlow honours before. In 2016, he was caught taking a photo of himself while driving. He later posted the image on his own social media account.

The rampaging and gifted forward now has another huge party to look forward to, and is hoping that the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame proves as memorable as his holiday in Mexico.

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