Ben Rogers assaulted men in the name of charity.

Former NRL player Ben Rogers assaulted two men in Newcastle in 2013 but claimed it was all in the name of charity. Rogers received a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame because of the incident which he claims was taken out of context.

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.

“I did it for charity,” Rogers argued, after being found guilty of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm during a fight at a taxi rank involving two men and a woman.

“The guys I got into a fight with refused to donate more money to the charity, so I threatened to smash their faces in. Also, they took my taxi,” Rogers explained.

The incident occurred outside Wests Leagues in Lambton while Rogers was playing for the Newcastle Knights, and erupted at the conclusion of the Down Town Ball, a charity function in support of Down Syndrome NSW for which Rogers was the Hunter Region ambassador. Two men suffered facial injuries, and one required stitches in hospital.

The victims of the assault reportedly donated a small amount of money to the charity, but that wasn’t enough for Rogers, who took his ambassadorial role very seriously. Rogers was found guilty and received a twelve-month good behaviour bond and a thousand-dollar fine, as well as being stood down by the Knights.

Starting a fight at a charity event is bizarre, but professional footballers are capable of anything. Is Rogers capable of earning a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

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George Burgess wants a naked statue in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

NRL player George Burgess has requested a naked, life-size statue of himself in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The England international made the request immediately after he received a nomination for appearing naked on a gay porn website in 2013. He has assured judges he can supply photos for the sculptor, and is willing to assist with the creation of the statue.

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 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.

The photo scandal emerged just after Burgess had escaped punishment for another off-field scandal.

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.

George now joins brother Sam, who was nominated for Frownlow honours in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and earlier this year.

Burgess escaped any further punishment for the incident in 2013, and was free to continue playing with the Rabbitohs for the remainder of the season. He admitted at the time, via a generic footballer’s apology statement, that he is “…a role model for kids.”

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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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Scott Morrison refuses to pay Dragons’ COVID fines.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to pay the fines of the St George-Illawarra NRL players who breached COVID-19 protocols, just days after he paid the fine of Cronulla player Josh Dugan.

Morrison paid Dugan’s $25,000 COVID breach fine from his own pocket after admitting that he and his government are responsible for the current lockdowns in Greater Sydney due to the failed national vaccine rollout. When offering to pay Dugan’s fine, he conceded that an effective national vaccine roll out would have prevented lockdowns throughout the nation and Australians would be free to go to a restaurant with their friends.

“Let me make this very clear,” Morrison told the media.

“I pretend to follow the mighty Sharks, and Josh is a Sharks player. I don’t pretend to follow the Dragons. Why would I? There’s no political gain in that. It’s very simple. I’m not paying their fines.”

Dragons fans and other members of the community asked Morrison to pay the players fines which totalled more than $300,000. 13 players were punished for attending a party at Paul Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour while the region was in the middle of a strict lockdown.

Insiders believe Morrison refused to pay the fines not just because they play for a rival team, but because he was angry that Paul did not invite him to the party.

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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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The Frownlow Medal welcomes back two of its biggest stars.

The Frownlow Medal is delighted to welcome back into its family Israel Folau and Jack de Belin after both moved one step closer to resuming their football careers. Folau and de Belin have been locked out of Australia’s most prestigious award but could return to the field very soon.

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.

Former NSW Blue de Belin is set to play for the St George-Illawarra Dragons reserve-grade team this weekend against Western Suburbs, and once he inevitably returns to first-grade, he will be eligible for The Frownlow Medal. Folau, meanwhile, has launched legal action to force his way back into the NRL via the Queensland lower-grade competition.

Tyhe back-rower has been allowed to play again after his court case for alleged sexual assault dragged on for years but was unable to find a verdict, and all charges were dropped. Folau was kicked out of rugby league and rugby union after multiple homophobic social media posts, but is desperately seeking Frownlow eligibility via a legal case funded by one of Australia’s richest men, Clive Palmer.

Folau’s legal team have accused the NRL and The Frownlow Medal of religious discrimination, and argue that:

“…Israel doesn’t drink, smoke or take drugs. He has never been charged with a criminal offence, he hasn’t assaulted any women…”

How then does he expect to win The Frownlow Medal?

Folau’s many supporters argue that his social media posts should never have been punished because they are an example of free speech.

NSW rugby league officials, meanwhile, have promised to provide extra security for de Belin “to ensure Jack de Belin’s return to rugby league is conducted in the right spirit”. They have advised that “…if anyone goes there with the intention of trying to disturb anyone’s proper enjoyment of the day, we need to be ready to deal with that…” and that anyone planning to display “offensive signs” aimed at de Belin will have those signs removed.

So much for free speech.

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Corey Norman has something to say.

NRL player Corey Norman has a message:

“Don’t forget me!”

“I won The Frownlow Medal before and I’ll win it again,” said the 2016 medallist.

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.

Norman made the statement after receiving a possible two-match suspension and $20,000 fine from the NRL for his involvement in a street brawl in January. Norman and fellow league player James Segeyaro fought with a group of men outside a bar in Cronulla and were caught on security cameras.

Segeyaro and Norman are friends and business partners, jointly operating the clothing label YTKR, which stands for ‘You Know the Rules’. Apparently they don’t, because Segeyaro is a former Frownlow nominee and is currently serving a ban from the NRL due to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Norman won the medal in 2016 due to illicit drug use, social media controversy, a sex tape, intoxication and a salary cap scandal.

Will Norman win The Frownlow Medal in 2016?

No one has ever won it twice. It is possible, but the St George-Illawarra player faces strong opposition. Four league players are currently being investigated for violence against women, and another player for stabbing someone outside a church dance. However, none of these players has been found guilty, so Norman is still in with a fighting chance.

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Did Corey Norman lose The Frownlow Medal?

The Frownlow Medal Corey Norman won in 2016 has gone missing after the NRL player and James Segeyaro were attacked by a group of armed men in Cronulla recently. Norman and Segeyaro fought off the unidentified men who were attempting to steal the medal, which Norman is known to carry proudly on his person at all times.

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 footballers escaped uninjured and explained their involvement in the wild brawl via the social media account of the company YKTR Sports, which they co-manage. YKTR stands for You Know The Rules. They claim Segeyaro was racially abused by the men and that Norman intervened to defend his friend. The argument soon turned physical and one of the attackers is alleged to have pulled a knife. The situation was eventually diffused and the players left, in the company of their female friends. At no point does the account mention The Frownlow Medal.

Did the attackers steal The Frownlow Medal?

Is Norman too embarrassed to admit that he lost it? After all, he is one of only six players in history to have won the award.

Are police assisting Norman to recover the medal? This seems unlikely, given Norman’s history with the police. He was once caught with illicit drugs, was photographed with known criminals and was the subject of a leaked sex tape. He also appeared in a video in which a man is taking drugs, was intoxicated at a Sydney nightspot and was involved in the Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal.

Segeyaro, meanwhile, is currently suspended by the NRL for testing positive to performance enhancing drugs and earned a previous Frownlow nomination for appearing on social media with known criminals.

Norman may face suspension from the early rounds of the 2021 NRL season due to the incident, while Segeyaro has undoubtedly harmed his chances of ever returning to the competition.

Meanwhile, The Frownlow Medal is still missing. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the medal is asked to contact Frownlow judges via this page or www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal, or to contact YKTR Sports at http://www.yktr.com.au.

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Dragons star signs in as Paul Vautin at local cafe.

The Frownlow Medal can reveal that NRL player Paul Vaughan signed in under the name Paul Vautin at a cafe in the Illawarra and subsequently earned himself a nomination for the prestigious cross-code award. Vaughan’s alleged attempt to conceal his identity, and his visit to the cafe, are breaches of the NRL’s strict COVID-19 restrictions which players and team staff must obey in order for the competition to continue.

The NSW and Australian representative has not shared the name he allegedly used at the cafe, but The Frownlow Medal can reveal that it was the name of the retired Manly and Roosters player Vautin.

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.

Sources close to Vaughan explained the decision.

“Well, he says everyone calls him Paul Vautin anyway because their names sound so similar, and because Vautin is on the TV all the time. Plus, Fatty is not exactly known as being a genius so this is the kind of crazy thing he would do, and nobody would question it.”

No one has ever accused rugby league players of being intellectual heavyweights, and Vaughan’s actions support this theory. He chose to visit a cafe in the Illawarra, despite playing for a team based in the Illawarra, which has a very strong interest and tradition in rugby league. Yet he obviously thought he would go unnoticed.

Furthermore, Vaughan used the name of a proud Queenslander who lives in Queensland. Like most Queenslanders, he only leaves the sunshine state for a very good reason, and grabbing a coffee in the Illawarra is not one of them.

At least he didn’t sign in as Jack De Belin.

When a footballer gets in trouble for having a coffee at a cafe, you know we’re living in crazy times.

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Paulini drives Wes Naiqama to Frownlow nomination.

Pop singer Paulini Curuenavuli has offered to drive former NRL player Wes Naiqama to the awards ceremony for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

Naiqama finds it difficult to secure a driver’s licence these days after serving four months periodic detention in 2007 for a fourth conviction of driving while disqualified. Paulini kindly offered to carry her ex-boyfriend to the ceremony so that he can face the music over other controversial off-field behaviour.

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 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.

Naiqama was also involved in an incident in a pub in Newcastle while playing for the Knights. The police investigation saw him stood down by the Knights.

Paulini would prefer the Frownlow judges to consider Naiqama’s nomination in light of the strong suspicion of domestic violence against him while they were dating. This suspicion is believed to be the underlying theme in Paulini’s song ‘Scarless’.

Paulini herself, meanwhile, was involved in a minor drama when it was discovered that she had attempted to bribe a Roads and Maritime Services employee in order to secure an unrestricted driver’s licence.

Should Naiqama decline Paulini’s offer, he could always catch a ride with one of the many ex-footballers and Frownlow nominees who have been recognised for speeding, drink driving, texting and crashing while behind the wheel.

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