Former West Coast AFL player Ben Russell Sharp has been nominated for the Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after pleading guilty to armed robbery and drug trafficking…and for being a friend of Ben Cousins.
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. Kiwi international and Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while Corey Norman from the Parramatta Eels won in 2016.
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 Todd Carney.
The ice and cocaine addict admitted to using a sawn-off shot gun to rob a van carrying profits from three McDonalds restaurants in Melbourne in 2014.
Sources claim that the robbery concluded when Sharp yelled at the security guards;
He also admitted to being a friend of Ben Cousins.
Sharp was also charged with stealing the Holden Commodore which was used to separate Ronald McDonald from his earnings and with drug trafficking…as well as being a friend of Ben Cousins.
The former Eagle will soon face judges, to decide on the punishment for his crime, and to decide if he is worthy of induction into the Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame…alongside Ben Cousins.