More NRL players to boycott Women In League Round.

EXCLUSIVE: The NRL is reeling from the news that more players will boycott games during Women In League round due to their personal convictions.

The players have followed the lead of the Manly Seven but are protesting gender equality instead of inclusion and diversity. Manly lost a vital game to the Sydney Roosters on Friday night after 7 of their starting players refused to wear a rainbow jersey, and are in danger of missing the top 8. The ensuing protests could see more teams miss out on finals footy.

The annual Women In League round pays tribute to all women involved in rugby league and promotes the rights of women in society in general, but this does not align with the personal values or past actions of the following players:

Addin Fonua-Blake: The Warriors strong man lost his contract with the Dragons in 2016 after pleading guilty to charges of domestic assault against his partner.

Matt Lodge: Lodge assaulted women before famously getting locked up in the United States. He was charged with eight counts of domestic violence against his then partner in 2015. He pleaded guilty to one and eventually had no conviction recorded with a good behaviour bond on appeal the following year.

Dylan Walker and Tigers forward Zane Musgrove don’t have a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Fronwlow Medal, but have both been charged with violence against women on more than one occasion – they just haven’t been found guilty.

Walker was expected to sit out the Roosters clash because he has been seen physically assaulting his partner on more than one occasion and has been to court due to the charges, but his partner has always found a reason to forgive him. Lodge also played in Friday’s game. When asked why he wasn’t protesting Women In League, he replied:

“What’s Women In League round?”

Api Koroisau (Panthers) and Jai Arrow (Rabbitohs) did battle in State of Origin 2021, the same year they did battle for the title of Partner of the Year. Both players cheated on their partners when they smuggled other women into their rooms during Origin camps, and as well as breaching strict COVID-19 biosecurity protocols, showed great disrespect to the women in their lives. Jack de Belin of the Dragons is another candidate for this title. He was found not guilty of sexual assault, but on that night had sex with a woman while his partner was at home carrying his unborn child. Meanwhile, Bryce Cartwright of the Eels won the title in 2017 when he used a ‘fixer’ to silence a young woman who gave birth to his child that he refused to help raise.

Bulldogs winger Jayden Okunbor earned his Frownlow nomination for sleeping with a schoolgirl after an official school visit with the Canterbury team, as did then teammate and current Raiders player Corey Harawira-Naera, who decided to share his love with a local teacher as well as a student.

Broncos forward Payne Haas pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidating police, including a female officer, in 2021, but his latest off-field combatant was one of his own teammates, so maybe he does believe in gender equality.

Sources inside various clubs have revealed that the following players are still deciding whether or not to boycott:

George Burgess (Dragons) was charged with sexual touching of a woman in 2022, and his case is still before the courts.

Anthony Milford (Knights) and Tui Kamikamica (Storm) were both charged with violence against women but found not guilty.

The NRL is about to learn what happens when their players collide with the real world.

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Andrew Lovett joins The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Andrew Lovett is the latest footballer to join The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters club after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman. Lovett also earns a Wife Beater Tattoo.

The club comprises footballers who have been found guilty of violence against women, and have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal or 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 star Jarryd Hayne 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.

Lovett pleaded guilty to the assault which occurred in 2011 on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The court heard that the woman had taken Lovett in when he was homeless, and that the assault started after Lovett discovered the woman had told someone that he sold his medals to fund his alcohol and gambling addictions. One of the medals was from the Anzac Day game in 2005.

Lovett then reportedly smashed the woman’s phone before grabbing the victim by the throat and throwing her to the ground numerous times. He also held her down on the couch, while her baby slept nearby. The woman was left with neck and chest injuries, he was given a $2500 fine and escaped prison time.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club contains winners of The Frownlow Medal, including Jarryd Hayne and Elijah Taylor. Hayne won the medal in 2021 after being found guilty of sexual assault and sent to prison, while Taylor was found guilty of domestic violence and kicked out of the AFL.

Many footballers have also been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame as a result of their crimes. Nick Stevens served time behind bars for viciously assaulting his former partner, and Craig Wells was also imprisoned for drugging and raping a teenage girl, after he had played for the Wallabies. Other members of this not-so-exclusive club are still playing in their respective codes, are still winning premierships, are still being selected in representative teams and are still being praised as role models to young people.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

NRL

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano

Ben Barba

Jake Friend

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake

Kirisome Auva’a

Jarryd Hayne

Jamil Hopoate

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Liam Jurrah

Andrew Lovett

Wayne Carey

Rugby Union

Craig Wells

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The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club comprises footballers who have been found guilty of violence against women, and have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal or The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Every member is given a Wife Beater Tattoo to remind them of their mistreatment of women.

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 star Jarryd Hayne 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 club contains winners of The Frownlow Medal, including Jarryd Hayne and Elijah Taylor. Hayne won the medal in 2021 after being found guilty of sexual assault and sent to prison, while Taylor was found guilty of domestic violence and kicked out of the AFL.

Many footballers have also been inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame as a result of their crimes. Nick Stevens served time behind bars for viciously assaulting his former partner, and Craig Wells was also imprisoned for drugging and raping a teenage girl, after he had played for the Wallabies. Other members of this not-so-exclusive club are still playing in their respective codes, are still winning premierships, are still being selected in representative teams and are still being praised as role models to young people.

The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

NRL

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano

Ben Barba

Jake Friend

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake

Kirisome Auva’a

Greg Inglis

Ken McGuinness

Jarryd Hayne

Blake Ferguson

Jamil Hopoate

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Rugby Union

Craig Wells,

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Should Aussie politicians be eligible for The Frownlow Medal?

Judges of The Frownlow Medal are being pressured to nominate Australian politicians for The Frownlow Medal after revelations that the nation’s leaders commit as many scandals as professional footballers.

The Australian media is reporting a new political scandal on an almost daily basis for acts that would automatically earn a Frownlow nomination for a footballer.

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 requests are justified,” stated Frownlow judges.

“Politicians are behaving as badly as footballers, and sometimes even worse, and lately there have been more politicians than footy players committing these deplorable acts. What’s more, most politicians are escaping any form of punishment, while footballers have been suspended, kicked out of their sport or heavily fined. For that reason, judges will seriously consider opening up the most prestigious award in Australian sport to the nation’s leaders.”

At the time of writing, senior state and federal politicians who would qualify for The Frownlow Medal or The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame are:

Christian ‘not guilty’ Porter

Stuart ‘robodebt’ Robert

Linda ‘in my defence’ Reynolds

Michael ‘the sexter’ Johnsen

Teena ‘harass me’ McQueen

Adem ‘branch stacker’ Somyurek

Michael ‘branch stacker’ Sukkar

Kevin ‘branch stacker’ Andrews

Alan ‘wingman’ Tudge

Pauline ‘please explain’ Hanson

Matt ‘coal dust’ Canavan

David with Little to be Proud of

Michelle ‘good bloke’ Landry

Bridget ‘sports rorts’ Mckenzie

Dave ‘pink roses’ Sharma

Josh ‘ASIC’ Frydenberg

Greg ‘world’s best minister’ Hunt

Michaelia ‘AFP’ Cash

Sussan ‘treehugger’ Ley

Gladys ‘I spy’ Liu

Andrew ‘the feminist’ Laming

George ‘Filipino’ Christensen

Tony ‘knighthood’ Abbott

Arthur ‘ICAC’ Sinodinos

Joe ‘MAGA’ Hockey

Eric ‘silly girl’ Abetz

Bronwyn ‘choppergate’ Bishop

Peter ‘the boat stopper’ Dutton

Joel ‘the loyal’ Fitzgibbon

Daryl ‘Gladys’ boyfriend’ Maguire

Sam ‘China’ Dastyari

Angus ‘grassgate’ Taylor

Mathias ‘economy class’ Cormann

Barnaby ‘the faithful’ Joyce

Gladys ‘koala killer’ Berejikilian

“We could even go back as far as Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen or John Howard,” declared Frownlow judges.

“What’s also exciting about including politicians is that it would bring us our first female Frownlow nominee. Female footballers are eligible for the medal, but they are yet to commit an off-field scandal. Of course, Scott Morrison would also earn a nomination because, as prime minister, he has failed to take decisive action against any of his scandalous colleagues.”

While the list of corrupted politicians is long, judges stressed that other factors would need to be taken into consideration before politicians could be included in Australia’s most sought-after award:

Should sport and politics mix?

Is it fair to footballers?

Are there too many politicians committing scandals – and can Frownlow judges keep up with all of the scandals?

How many political scandals are covered up?

Should Rupert Murdoch be nominated?

Should Gina Rinehart be nominated?

Would any politicians be left?

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Elijah Taylor wins The Frownlow Medal.

AFL player Elijah Taylor has won The Frownlow Medal in 2020 after also earning a Wife Beater tattoo for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Taylor earned two separate nominations in one year and this helped him defeat rivals Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin and become the first non-NRL player to win the award.

Taylor pleaded guilty to physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend and was sacked by the Sydney Swans as well as being fined $5000. He had already been suspended earlier in the year for breaching strict COVID-19 protocols to sneak the same woman into the Swan’s team hotel in Perth. 2020 was the 19-year-old’s debut season, and he looks unlikely to play AFL in the future.

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.

Taylor’s rivals included the three alleged rapists, as well as another suspected wife beater in Collingwood player Jordan de Goey. He also saw off challenges from 50 other footballers, and 30 fellow COVID-19 breachers including Nathan Cleary and Lachie Hunter.

During the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, Taylor paid tribute to the ingrained misogyny of professional football in Australia and the confidence it gave him to physically assault his ex-girlfriend. He thanked his fellow nominees and also thanked the judicial system for failing to reach a verdict in the sexual assault cases of Hayne and De Belin.

“I knew they were my toughest competition, and I have to give credit to them for their performance this year, but I’m just glad the judges saw that I put in the hard yards and I’m lucky to come away with the win.”

The AFL has finally lifted the award from the NRL, which had taken the honours every year since 2015. Former AFL player Karmichael Hunt won the award in 2018, but he also played NRL and Super Rugby.

Ironically, Taylor was later caught trying to sneak someone into the awards venue, until judges reminded him that this is the Frownlow, so anything goes. Taylor can now spend the 2021 AFL season admiring his shiny new medal and staring at his Wife Beater tattoo.

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