Former AFL player Stuart Dew started urinating in public two years ago-and has only just finished. The rotund coach of the Gold Coast Suns let forth a river after a drinking session in 2018 and has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after footage of the incident was recently leaked.
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.
Dew won premierships as a player with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn and currently coaches the Suns, and was filmed relieving himself outside the Miami Tavern Shark Barn in Queensland. Reports indicate that the Gold Coast club knew about the video months ago but decided not to take action.
The footage was apparently filmed by a staff member of the club who is believed to have released it after being let go by the Suns.
Dew, meanwhile, will have another chance to provide Australians with drought relief when he attends the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.