Who is in contention for The Frownlow Medal in 2022?

2022 is just more than a week old but already a handful of footballers are in contention for The Fronwlow Medal.

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.

Tristan Sailor leads a group of fellow NRL players who have been nominated for various offences which occurred in 2021 or earlier. Sailor was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2020 and is still waiting for the courts to determine his guilt or innocence.

During the time Sailor spent with the woman at the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi and at her home, he is accused of giving the alleged victim a sedative. He then allegedly assaulted the woman before discarding her in a state that was described as ‘extremely vulnerable’. The woman was reportedly found unconscious by her friend.

Interestingly, a number of former NRL players provided affidavits to police in support of the rising star, including his former coach Paul McGregor and rugby league immortal Darren Lockyer, both of whom have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for offences related to alcohol abuse. The same Darren Lockyer who earned one of his Frownlow nominations for joking about the Canterbury Bulldogs gang rape scandal in 2004.

The talented half was left without a club for 2021 after the St George-Illawarra Dragons decided not to renew his contract, and the outcome of his court case may determine whether he plays professional football ever gain. He qualifies for The Frownlow Medal because he was playing in the NRL at the time of the alleged incident.

Sailor’s fellow nominees are all rugby league players.

Anthony Milford also allegedly can’t keep his hands off women. Just after signing with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2022 season, he was charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage.

Milford is alleged to have become involved in an argument with his wife, and mother of his young child, as well as other people. He is said to have fled the scene. Police then hunted him though the streets of Fortitude Valley and arrested him, before making him spend the night in a police cell.

Milford was previously nominated for ‘liking’ Israel Folau’s famous homophobic social media post, and in previous years was nominated for a drunken incidents at the Canberra Raiders, and for breaking team curfew with the Queensland State of Origin team.

The alleged incident occurred near a nightclub called Ella Sabe, Spanish for She Knows. What does she know?

Tui Kamikamica has been stood down by the Melbourne Storm after being charged with assault occasioning bodily harm following the alleged incident in Fortitude Valley, and is accused of assaulting a 30-year-old woman.

Thus, three rugby league players currently under investigation for allegedly assaulting women.

Manase Fainu is still in contention for The Frownlow Medal as he awaits the outcome of the court case surrounding an alleged stabbing outside a Mormon church dance in 2019.

Fainu has been charged with various offences, including affray and intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and the matter is still under investigation. The promising young hooker was also nominated for Frownlow honours in 2018, after filming himself and a young woman having sex and posting the film to social media without the girl’s permission.

Zane Musgrove has collected yet another Frownlow nomination in 2022, and yet another last chance in the NRL. This time he was nominated for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

Will one of these players win The Frownlow Medal in 2022?

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How good is Zane Musgrove?

If you’re good enough, you get away with anything.

This must be true of Zane Musgrove. The NRL player has just been nominated for The Fronwlow Medal for the fourth time and has been given a chance at redemption on every previous occasion.

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.

Musgrove is either very good at rugby league, or very good at finding a lawyer. He earned Frownlow nominations in 2018, 2019 and 2021, and was recently charged with driving with a suspended license. Late in 2021, police stopped Musgrove for driving without lights in Maroubra, and further checks revealed he was driving while his license was suspended.

The Samoa international has been given many second chances throughout his career, and he must be enormously talented if clubs are willing to take such a risk in signing him.

In 2018, he had an argument with his girlfriend and faced charges of common assault, common assault domestic violence related, and intentionally or recklessly destroy/damage property. He pleaded not guilty and the violence charges were withdrawn by prosecutors. He was found guilty of property damage and fined about $1,500. He was given a conditional release order and required to be on good behaviour.

Shortly after this incident, he was charged with allegedly assaulting a woman at the Coogee Bay Hotel in Sydney. In January 2019, he pleaded not guilty to aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and common assault. He was forced to sit out the entire 2019 NRL season as a result of the charges, and was eventually found guilty of assault with an act of indecency and sentenced to a 12-month intensive corrections order in late 2019.

This is where his lawyer earned his money.

In April 2020, Musgrove had his assault conviction from 2019 overturned by the court.

During these incidents, Musgrove left South Sydney, where he had already been given a second chance, and was later offered a contract at Wests Tigers, on another second chance.

How good is Musgrove?

Is he good enough to be one of the best props in the game?

Is he good enough to warrant so many second chances?

Is he good enough to finally win The Frownlow Medal?

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Zane Musgrove on his last, last, last chance in the NRL.

This is it! This is definitely Zane Musgrove‘s last warning. If he is found guilty of obstructing police he’ll be kicked out of the NRL. Except, he’s already been kicked out of the NRL – when he was on his first last chance.

Musgrove was kicked out of the NRL in 2018 when he earned his first nomination for The Frownlow Medal. He now earns his third Frownlow nomination, and the Wests Tigers might be wondering if he is worth the trouble.

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.

Musgrove and teammate Asu Kepaoa were taken to Maroubra police station recently after allegedly refusing to move on from outside the Coogee Bay Hotel in the early hours of the morning. They were accused of abusing police and were reportedly issued with fines, before being released.

Musgrove likes the Coogee Bay Hotel. That’s where he earned his second Frownlow nomination. On that occasion, he and ex-teammate Liam Coleman were charged with indecent assault and were originally found guilty, causing Musgrove to miss the entire 2019 season. Both were later acquitted of the charges and Musgrove resurrected his NRL career with the Tigers. The talented forward first attracted the attention of Frownlow judges in 2018, when he was charged with domestic violence.

Musgrove follows a long line of professional footballers who have committed scandals when on a final warning from their clubs and their governing bodies, only to remain in the sport – some of them even captained premiership winning teams.

Musgrove and Kepaoa must now endure a long wait to find out if they’ve done enough to win The Frownlow Medal, which will be decided later this year.

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Ben Barba wins The Frownlow Medal for 2019.

Former NRL player Ben Barba has won The Frownlow Medal for 2019 after being kicked out of the NRL for the second time in his career.

The 2012 Dally M Medallist lost his contract earlier this year after being charged with public nuisance, and was first banished from the NRL for the use 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. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015.

Barba was caught on security cameras during the pre-season in a heated argument with his partner, and the mother of his children, at a venue in Townsville. The North Queensland Cowboys tore up his contract and he was banned indefinitely from the game in Australia. The flying fullback earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2016 when he was caught with cocaine just moments after his heroic role in Cronulla’s first ever premiership win.

Barba beat the strongest field ever in Frownlow history, including fellow Cowboy Scott Bolton. Bolton pleaded guilty to common assault of a woman and served a lengthy suspension from the NRL. This was one of many incidents of violence against women in 2019.

Zane Musgrove was kicked out of the NRL for the second charge of violence against women during his career, while rookie Liam Coleman was charged for the same reason.

Dylan Walker was a strong contender before his partner dropped charges of domestic violence against him, and he was found not guilty, while Jarryd Hayne and Jack De Belin are still involved in legal cases for alleged sexual assault.

Rugby League players clearly dominated the awards yet again this year. In fact, Barba’s victory means that every medallist has played in the NRL, including code-swapper Karmichael Hunt.

Manase Fainu earned his nomination after being charged with stabbing a man outside a church dance. Many parents are now wondering whether it is safer to let their children play Rugby League than go to a church dance. Fainu will also have to wait until 2020 to learn his fate before the justice system.

Australia’s most famous homophobe, former Rugby Union player Israel Folau, created the most controversy this year with his divisive social media posts, but his actions were simply not enough in comparison to accusations of violence against women.

Jaidyn Stephenson flew the flag for the AFL. He had himself banned for 10 games for illegal gambling, but the challenge from Aussie Rules was fairly weak this year.

The A-League is a perennial poor performer in The Frownlow Medal, but bolstered its representation when four young players were simultaneously investigated for…you guessed it…group sex. After all, footballers can hardly be expected to enjoy the company of a woman all by themselves.

A number of Rugby League players were nominated for sex tapes, adding some spice to the competition yet again.

Even the Australian Rugby League captain earned a nomination. Greg Inglis was caught drink driving and was fined and stripped of the honour of captaining his country. He then retired from the sport after an injury-plagued career.

Barba and his fellow nominees will be resting sore heads in 2020, after the famous Frownlow awards night. Meanwhile, we anticipate another year of off-field drama in 2020.

Happy New Year Ben.

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