Nathan Bock joins the Frownlow Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Nathan Bock has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after admitting to slapping his partner and throwing beer in her face in Adelaide in 2009. He has also earned a prized Wife Beater tattoo.

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 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.

The Adelaide Crows defender and All Australian representative was charged with assault and property damage and accused of causing his girlfriend ‘considerable pain’. A court handed him a 12-month good behaviour bond and a $200 fine while the Crows slapped him with an ‘indefinite’ suspension from the club – which lasted only one game.

Bock later apologised through a prepared statement while his lawyer, Stephen White, was reported as saying,

“…in the context, these are not serious assaults,” before adding,

“…he is very mindful that he is a role model to younger people.”

This role model was later offered a contract with the Gold Coast Suns, despite the assault charges. Bock will now wait for the judges to decide if he joins a host of fellow Wife Beaters in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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I’m not drunk, I’m happy…

NRL player Victor Radley has denied the allegations which have earned him his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal in just a few months. Radley was reportedly kicked off a flight recently for drunken behaviour, but claims he was just in a good mood.

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 Sydney Roosters player was kicked off the flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney for alleged drunken behaviour, and was forced to fly back home the following day. He claims he was just laughing loudly and not drunk, but he is still under investigation by the NRL. This follows an earlier investigation after he landed himself in trouble for tackling a man on the street late one night in Byron Bay in December 2020.

The Roosters might be losing their patience with the talented back rower. He didn’t play against the Titans, and only flew up to watch a friend play, because is currently suspended for a head high tackle in a game a few weeks ago. He has already weakened a team without Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend, Lindsay Collins, Brett Morris, Angus Creighton and others, as well as James Tedesco who was on Origin duty.

When Radley was eventually allowed onto the plane, he joined Roosters players and officials on the same flight – awkward.

Some pundits even tipped Radley to play for NSW this year. At this rate, he may not play at all. At least he can console himself with the knowledge that he is in a much stronger position to win The Frownlow Medal, which will be awarded later this year.

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Willie Rioli just couldn’t wait.

Willie Rioli was just three months away from ending a two-year drug ban from the AFL when he got himself arrested for drugs. Rioli was allegedly caught in possession of cannabis recently and earned his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal, as well as a second possible suspension 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, while AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Rioli was first nominated for Frownlow honours in 2019 when he failed an ASADA drug test. Two weeks later, he tested positive again to metabolite cannabis on a match day in September, and was found guilty of two breaches relating to tampering with a urine sample, and one for the use of cannabis.

After the failed test and the suspension, Rioli said:

“I realise I have done wrong things and I have learned from it. I am sorry for letting people down. I am looking forward to putting all this behind me and playing footy again soon.”

It seems he may not have learned anything, as a police sniffer dog allegedly detected cannabis in his possession at Darwin airport recently. Rioli was living and playing lower-grade football in the top end while he sat out the two-year ban for the 2019 offence, and the courts will now decide if he ever returns to the field for the West Coast Eagles.

Rioli’s fall from grace is an unfortunate stain on a family of AFL royalty, which has produced many outstanding players across multiple generations. Willie’s nomination also comes on the exact same day that his cousin and Richmond player, Daniel, was also nominated for Frownlow honours.

Willie was supposed to be eligible for selection in August of this year, but now his AFL fate, and his chances of winning The Frownlow Medal, are in the hands of the judges.

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Karmichael Hunt to target one player.

Karmichael Hunt is back in the NRL for one reason. The winner of The Frownlow Medal in 2018 has his sights set on the 2016 medallist, Corey Norman. Norman is the only other winner of the prestigious medal to be playing first-grade football in Australia and Hunt is determined to take him out.

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.

“This medal ain’t big enough for the two of us,” Hunt threatened.

“I’m going after Corey. The Frownlow Medal is too prestigious and too important to have two former winners running around in first grade. I’m the Aplha Male, and I’m here to mark my territory.”

Hunt recently answered the call of the Brisbane Broncos to add experience to their halves after the club won the wooden spoon in 2020. Hunt will return to the top grade soon and is preparing himself for the showdown with Norman and his St George-Illawarra Dragons.

Hunt won the famous medal in 2018 after he and other former NRL players, and fellow Frownlow nominees, were investigated by police for their roles in a massive drug trafficking and selling operation. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to possession of illicit drugs and his NRL, AFL and Super Rugby careers stopped. He returned to the field and was playing lower-grade rugby league in Queensland when Broncos coach Kevin Walters made the call.

Norman stands in the way of Hunt’s dominance, and won the medal in 2016 after being photographed with known criminals on social media, starring in a leaked sex tape and taking part in the Eels salary cap scandal. He was also reported for intoxication at a Sydney nightspot and appeared in a leaked video in which another man was taking drugs. In addition, he was caught with illicit drugs, which may or may not have been sold by Karmichael.

Just a few weeks ago, he and his partner in crime, James Segeyaro, were caught on camera fighting a group of men in a street brawl outside Northies nightclub in Cronulla. this proved his determination to win The Frownlow Medal in 2021, or to at least remind fellow contenders that he is still a force to be reckoned with.

The Broncos play the Dragons in round 13, and for Hunt and Norman, this game will be bigger than the grand final.

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Charlie and The Breachers.

Charlie and The Breachers are set to rock live music venues across the country in a spectacular series of concerts to raise money for footballers struggling to cope with COVID-19 lockdowns. The 15-piece band produces an eclectic mix of genre-bending fusion and are headed by Melbourne Demons players Charlie Spargo and Kysaiah Pickett, who are the latest footballers to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal for breaching COVID-19 protocols.

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.

Spargo and Pickett were suspended for visiting a person’s house on a non-essential visit and committed a breach that has become so common that the offenders could form a rugby league team of their own, and almost field an AFL team. In an effort to meet somewhere in the middle, they formed a band.

Charlie and The Breachers brings together an illustrious list of footballing talent, including Steele Sidebottom and Lynden Dunn from Collingwood, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Conor McKenna from Essendon, plus North Melbourne pair Cameron Zurhaar and Nick Larkey.

NRL players Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and Tyrone Roberts-Davis will arrive on dirt bikes while firing rifles into the air before joining the band on stage. Meanwhile, AFL players Lachie Hunter and Tyson Stengle have planned an amazing treat for fans during intermission. The duo will drive an unregistered monster truck over a row of parked cars while attempting to break David Boon’s beer-swilling record.

As well as tinkling the ivories on stage, Port Adelaide player Ollie Wines will overlook catering at the concerts, and promised that beer would not be the only drink on tap, while concert organisers are still awaiting RSVPs from the entire Adelaide Crows team.

As a result of players breaching protocol throughout the country, entertainment venues and clubs will be forced to shut down again, meaning Charlie and The Breachers will be forced to play all of their concerts in an empty stadium and livestream them via Tik Tok. Lead guitarist Nathan Cleary promised he could arrange some back up dancers.

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Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock; Tyrone May to spend more time on the sideline.

NRL player Tyrone May will miss more NRL games after a TikTok video revealed his involvement in a social distancing breach, and this has earned him a second nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

May has been suspended for two games from the NRL competition, which is scheduled to resume on May 28, but was already suspended for his role in a sex tape scandal in 2019. The sex tape scandal created massive off-field drama for the Penrith Panthers and earned May his first Frownlow nomination.

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.

May shares a house with Panthers teammate Nathan Cleary, who appeared in a TikTok video dancing with a group of young women in their house during the COVID19 pandemic, in clear breach of social distancing regulations. May does not appear in the video, but he was punished for gathering in a large group, and for failing to cooperate with the NRL Integrity Unit when the issue first arose.

Fortunately for the young women, May did not invite them to appear in a video of his making, even though it would obviously have been very tasteful.

May will now have more time to study video production and editing while he sits out a large proportion of an already shortened NRL season.

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The search for Lachie Hunter.

Judges of The Frownlow Medal are frantically searching for AFL player Lachie Hunter so that they can officially serve him with his nomination for the prestigious award. Hunter received his nomination after allegedly smashing into four parked cars while drink driving, and fleeing the scene of the accident.

Police are still investigating the incident to determine Hunter’s guilt or innocence, but the Western Bulldogs Vice-Captain has already had his licence suspended for 12 months, and was fined $1652 for breaching COVID-19 social distancing regulations.

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.

According to reports, Hunter’s SUV was found at the scene of the accident, and alcohol was discovered in the passenger seat. It is believed a friend drove him from the scene of the accident and took him to another house, where he continued drinking. Clearly, Hunter is determined to win The Frownlow Medal in 2020, and he may have a good chance in what could be a quiet year for the award when none of the four codes are able to play for an indefinite period of time.

Hunter will suffer a huge blow to his reputation following this incident, especially after recently being elevated to the position of vice-captain. However, he may suffer greater consequences because one of the cars he allegedly damaged belongs to the parents of his girlfriend. Oooops!

Hunter can now enjoy his self-isolation like many normal people around the world – at home!

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White powder earns Mitch Nichols a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former Socceroo Mitch Nichols has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being arrested for possession of cocaine.

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. Former NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and former 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.

Nichols was arrested at a nightclub in Sydney in 2017 and received a four-match ban from Football Federation Australia.

Nichols will find out later this year if he has done enough to be inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. To learn more about his competition for Australia’s most prestigious inter-code award, go to www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/

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