Why Wayne Carey’s powder scandal is not a big deal.

Wayne Carey‘s white powder scandal is nothing compared to the scandals which earned him his previous nominations for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Carey was recently caught with a zip lock bag of white powder at Crown Casino in Perth and was escorted from the premises. He has stood down from his commetary role at Channel 7, saying the substance is not illegal.

Then again, what is illegal in a gambling house?

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 North Melbourne legend was kicked out of the casino after the bag of white powder fell out of his pocket. He said that he offered the powder to security, but they didn’t take it, and claimed the powder was crushed anti-inflammatories which he takes with dinner.

“I need to take anti-inflammatories every day to treat my inflamed ego,” he explained.

The scandal has prompted Carey to step aside from his commentary role in the middle of AFL finals. However, the reality is that the powder scandal is minor compared to his other scandals.

He is most famous for sleeping with his teammate’s wife while playing for the Kangaroos – but that is not the worst.

He assaulted police officers while resisting arrest in 2008 – but that is not the worst.

He appeared on SAS Australia – but that is not the worst.

He was charged with indecent assault of a woman in 1996 – but even that is not the worst.

No, the worst scandal was his arrest for breaking a wine glass in the face of an ex-fiance in Miami in 2007.

That is the scandal that should have banished him from commentary long ago, and is the scandal which earned him a Wife Beater Tattoo from The Fronwlow Medal.

The white powder incident has seen Carey banned from Crown Casinos for two years, so he cannot attend the Brownlow Medal count to be held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The good news is that he can attend the awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year, where he will be supplied with all of the anti-inflammatories that he and his ego need.

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Carey has been involved in a series of controversies in his personal life including a charge of the indecent assault of a woman in 1996, having an affair with teammate Anthony Stevens’ wife, an arrest for breaking a wine glass in an ex-fiancee’s face in Miami in 2007, and assaulting officers while resisting arrest in 2008.

He is a commentator for Seven and writer for The Age.

Shaun Lane almost escapes a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

NRL player Shaun Lane has done just enough to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal after images surfaced of him holding an unknown white substance.

Leaked photos emerged recently of Lane holding a small bag containing a white substance during last year’s Mad Monday celebrations, when Lane was playing for the Manly Sea Eagles.

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.

Lane is set to receive a fine from the NRL, but will not be banned. The lesser punishment suggests a lesser crime, and this is unlikely to help Lane’s chances of winning The Frownlow Medal this year, a fact that is readily apparent to the player.

“Yeah, it’s gonna be tough,” Lane admitted.

“But that’s why I made the move when I did. See, at the end of last year and the start of this season, heaps of guys were gettin’ their gear off, with their teammates, young women, anyone – so it was really hard to stand out from the pack and get a nomination. Guys were being charged with all sorts of stuff.”

“But the last few weeks have been pretty quiet and it’s the business end of the season so this was a great time to peak and come into form,” he explained.

Like all good footballers, though, Lane accepts that the outcome is not in his hands.

“Now I’ve just got to leave it up to the selectors.”

Lane has been invited to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, later this year, where he will discover if he has done enough to win the award, and will find out exactly what to do with that white powder.

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