James Tedesco launches $Quid Games.

NRL player James Tedesco has called out professional footballers during the launch of his new reality TV show $Quid Games, which will feature Frownlow nominees whose scandals have cost them at least $10,000.

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.

Tedesco was inspired to create the show after his own recent controversy involving accusations of racial vilification and reference to the South Korean Netflix series Squid Game. The NSW captain was accused of calling out the name of the show at a woman of Asian descent after a night of heavy drinking with teammates. The incident resulted in a $10,000 fine and charges of drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Squid Game is based on a fictional reality TV show which is similar to the shows on which many footballers appear after an off-field scandal destroys their public image. For this reason, Tedesco was motivated to provide yet another opportunity his colleagues to rescue their personal brand.

“It’s like ‘quid’ you know, like the word for money,” he explained during the launch.

“It’s called quid, with a dollar sign, because any player who wants to go on the show has to have committed a scandal for which they were fined at least $10,000, and have at least one nomination for The Frownlow Medal. So, like, it has to be pretty serious, more than just public urination or getting caught with ecstasy.”

The Sydney Roosters star went on to explain that players who have not been fined a minimum of $10,000 could still join other Frownlow nominees in a quinella, trifecta, quadie or ‘$Quid Game Multi’ and combine their fines for a chance to be included in the show.

Once selected, players will be supplied with copious amounts of alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, sports gambling accounts, smart phones, internet, toilet cubicles, social media accounts, motor vehicles and access to the opposite sex, and be prompted to commit as many disgraceful acts as possible each episode. Fans will then vote for the role model who has committed the greatest scandal, and that player will be crowned the winner.

What does the winner receive?

The most prestigious prize in Australian sport: The Frownlow Medal.

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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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Michael Jennings earns his fifth Frownlow nomination.

Former NRL player Michael Jennings has collected his fifth Frownlow nomination after his ex-wife accused him of rape. Jennings has now been nominated in five of the last six years and could finally win induction into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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.

Jennings is locked in a dramatic battle involving himself, his ex-wife and current girlfriend, as well as the media. He is defending civil proceedings in the NSW District Court as his ex-wife is seeking damages for personal injuries, and made allegations that he repeatedly raped her during their relationship. She claims the former premiership winner raped her five or six times and subjected her to emotional and verbal abuse. Jennings has denied the allegations and has never been charged by police.

Media networks jumped on the story after learning that the former NRL star’s new partner made potentially defamatory statements on social media. His current girlfriend is accused of posting defamatory comments about Jennings’ ex-wife.

A soap opera court case is appropriate for a player who surrounded himself with drama throughout his career. Despite representing NSW, Australia and Tonga, Jennings will also be remembered for numerous incidents which saw him earn Frownlow nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He was eventually kicked out of the NRL in 2020 for taking performance enhancing drugs, and littered his career with incidents including repeated alcohol abuse, offensive behaviour, kicking a boom gate, liking Israel Folau’s homophobic posts and confessing to taking illicit drugs.

Will 2021 see Jennings finally win the accoldaes he deserves?

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Michael Jennings must do better.

Former NRL player Michael Jennings dropped a bombshell recently, but it won’t get him what he wants. Jennings admitted to taking illicit drugs during his playing career, but is naive if he thinks that is enough to win The Frownlow Medal 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.

The former NSW and Tonga representative admitted to taking drugs during a court case for alleged rape, and claims he consumed party drugs consistently between 2013 and 2016.

Now, it’s likely that poor Michael is a little bit confused. Firstly, he took drugs, which has affected his memory. Secondly, he was knocked in the head many times during his long footy career. Furthermore, he was kicked out of the NRL in 2020 after returning a positive sample for banned substances Ligandrol and Ibutamoren and three of their metabolites.

Party dugs, performance enhancing drugs…who can tell the difference?

Michael might also be confused about where he took the drugs. He claims he enjoyed them after games, during Mad Monday and after the grand final victory with the Roosters in 2013. However, Jennings might be referring to the awards nights for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which he attended in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, after being nominated in each of those years. He was resting a hangover in 2017.

Snorting a bit of cocaine will not win the Frownlow in 2021. Jarryd Hayne has already been found guilty of sexual assault, Tristan Sailor has been accused of sexual assault, and Manase Fainu has been accused of stabbing someone. Plus, there’s a lot of time between now and December 31st.

What is certain is that if he can keep himself out of prison, Jennings can attend the Frownlow awards night again this year, where he can wipe away bad memories with all of the drugs he wants.

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It happened…

A woman has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal. NRLW player Nita Maynard becomes the first woman to receive the honour since the award’s inception in 2015, after she was involved in an incident at a pub in Sydney.

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 former NSW and New Zealand representative was charged after allegedly assaulting two security guards at Northies in Cronulla, the site which earned nominations for so many players in the past, including 2019 winner Ben Barba and 2016 medallist Corey Norman. Maynard was arrested, and media reports indicate she had to be restrained after becoming aggressive and assaulting the guards.

The Sydney Roosters hooker was taken to Sutherland police station and charged with two counts of common assault and failing to leave premises when required. Interestingly, two hookers from the Roosters men’s team, Victor Radley and Jake Friend, are also Frownlow nominees, so perhaps it has rubbed off on Maynard. That said, the Roosters and the NRL have conveniently palmed off the scandal to the North Sydney Bears, the Roosters’ feeder club, where Maynard currently plays. You’d think the Rooster’s would be proud to claim such a history-making achievement.

Rumours have also surfaced that Maynard has been asked to join the men’s team when her expected suspension ends. The Roosters have suffered many injuries to key players already this season, and they know Maynard would fit in during team bonding sessions.

The nomination of a woman is unprecedented, and has left many questions unanswered:

Does she compete against men for the award?

Yes. The Frownlow Medal does not discriminate. The Frownlow Medal has always judged players on their actions and not their gender, race, colour, religion, sexuality or nationality. Players need only represent an Australia – based team from one of the four major codes in order to qualify. Woman have always been eligible, they just hadn’t been nominated.

Is this a new era of gender equality?

Perhaps.

Can she attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame?

Yes, but would she want to? She’d be the only woman there.

Why did she do it?

Who knows. Apparently she’d had a few drinks, and alcohol has caused most of the nominations for The Frownlow Medal. Then again, it happened in The Shire, so maybe she mistook the security guard for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and did what many Australian women would love to do – take a swing!

Will she win?

She’s a chance. As they say in sport, you’ve got to be in it to win it. She faces tough opposition, though, from players nominated for stabbing, assault and rape.

Either way, Maynard will now be remembered as the first woman in history to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal.

Will she be the last?

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Footballer punished for tackling someone.

The world has officially gone mad. A rugby league player has been punished for tackling another man. An athlete who has been trained from childhood to throw himself at other men in order to halt their forward progress has been fined and forced to miss one game, and earned himslef a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

Victor Radley was fined $20,000 recently after he was found guilty of tackling a member of the public outside a house party in Byron Bay in December 2020.

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.

Radley was given a two-match ban but was set to miss one game anyway due to injury. Does that mean he hurt himself while tackling the man? If not, should he have been tackling a random person on the street if he was already injured? He should have checked with Tom Trobojevic before he challenged a bloke to a late-night test of physical prowess.

The Sydney Roosters forward is alleged to have headbutted and punched the man during the altercation, and to have told friends that the man came to the party uninvited and pushed a woman, but these claims have not been proven. Radley will now undertake an education and training course, as he failed to report the incident to the NRL.

Radley is famous for throwing his relatively small frame at much larger opponents, but will have to confine this behaviour to the football field from now on.

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Michael Gordon was protecting schoolies from cooties.

Former NRL player Michael Gordon was planning to supply schoolies with drugs to protect them from cooties, and has subsequently earned a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

It is believed the drugs were destined for Byron Bay where a large number of Australian school leavers are planning to celebrate the end of their school life, but the drugs were seized by police and Gordon was charged with supplying and possessing a prohibited drug.

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.

Gordon has been stood down by the Gold Coast Titans where he was an assitant coach, and where he finished his playing career. There is no truth to the rumour that Gordon took the job in anticipation of another massive schoolies celebration on the Gold Coast. Regardless, the former fullback’s plan was thwarted when COVID-19 prevented schoolies from taking place in Queensland, and the partying school kids will now let loose on Byron Bay.

Already nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame are former Titans players Joe Vickery, Dave Taylor and Jamie Dowling – for drug charges. Dragged into this scandal was code-swapper Karmichael Hunt, who played AFL in the Gold Coast and won The Frownlow Medal in 2018. Even Kevin Proctor was caught snorting cocaine a few years ago, and this year he captained the Titans.

Gordon did not provide an official statement after his arrest, but assured young partygoers that the substances found in his possession will definitely protect them from cooties, meningococcal disease and STDs – but not COVID-19.

Since Gordon was supplying schoolies in Byron, who will supply the guests at the awards night for the Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year?

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Daniel Conn, role model.

Former NRL player Daniel Conn has demonstrated why professional footballers are great role models after throwing a rock through a window and intimidating staff at a gym. The attack in late 2019 earned the Instagram model a conditional release order and a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

Like many wayward footballers and criminals, Conn attempted to blame mental health issues for his wrongdoing and claimed he has attempted to take his own life on three occasions. Conn also claimed that school did not prepare him for life after league because he was sent there just to play football. This may surprise staff at St John’s College, Dubbo.

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.

As well as appearing in court on numerous occasions, Conn appeared all over social media and on TV. He was the face of the F45 gym franchise and was at one time their global athletic director, and appeared on the Australian edition of the UK reality TV show Geordie Shore, as well as the show Ex On The Beach.

Breaching an AVO, intimidating gym employees and faking drug prescriptions are not normally enough to earn a prized place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, but Conn’s appearance on TWO reality TV shows has raised his chances enormously.

Conn’s next chance to be the centre of attention will be at the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Stuart Webb nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Former NRL player Stuart Webb has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after police applied for an apprehended violence order against him on behalf of his wife, Kate Ritchie.

Webb came to the attention of police after a recent incident at the home he shares with Ritchie, who is one of the most recognisable faces on Australian TV, having appeared for years on the soap opera Home and Away.

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.

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.

Webb, who played hooker for various clubs during his NRL career, was charged with mid-range drink driving on a suspended licence earlier this year. This was the third time he had been charged with drink driving. Adding yet more weight to his claim to be inducted into the hall of fame is the fact that he is reportedly prevented from approaching Ritchie after consuming illicit drugs or alcohol.

The release of the story is ideal timing for Webb, as the inductees into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for 2019 will be announced within a few weeks.

Rumours of problems within the marriage have been circulating the tabloid media for years, and Webb’s recent behaviour suggests the couple is certainly not getting “…closer each day…”

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Taane Milne nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

NRL player Taane Milne has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after repeated disciplinary issues saw two clubs let him go.

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.

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.

Milne was sacked by the Wests Tigers in 2018 for failing a second illicit drug test, and his young career was almost over when the test earned him a 12 match suspension from the NRL.

The talented centre had previously been released by the Sydney Roosters due to minor off-field dramas and a poor attitude, and the incident at the Tigers could have ended the career of the Fijian international.

Fortunately for Milne, the New Zealand Warriors offered him a lifeline and he continues to represent the Kiwi club in the NRL.

Milne can now focus on the run to the NRL finals before preparing himself for the Frownlow awards night later in the year, where plenty of illicit drugs are sure to be available.

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