Shaun Kenny-Dowall‘s desire to win another Frownlow Medal has led to him being arrested for cocaine possession.
The inaugural winner sent a clear message to fellow footballers that he was back in the hunt for Australia’s most prestigious inter-code award when he got himself arrested outside Ivy nightclub 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.
“Everyone keeps telling me I didn’t deserve the 2015 Frownlow because I got cleared of domestic violence charges after I won the medal,” explained Kenny-Dowall.
“Even Jobe Watson told me to hand the medal back…” he added “…but I won the medal fair and square and I want to win it again.”
The Kiwi international explained that his choice of misdemeanour was entirely deliberate and in response to the actions of 2016 winner, Corey Norman.
“Drug arrests win awards. Corey got arrested for MDMA and he won the medal last year. It works. I mean, I wasn’t in a sex tape or post photos with criminals or nothin’, but I got busted for drugs. This medal’s mine, mate.”
The Roosters winger may have underestimated the strength of competition from players such as Tim Simona, who was nominated for gambling on his own games, being kicked out of the NRL, drug and alcohol abuse, blowing his money and allegedly forcing the abortion of a baby, the latter being the same scandal which earned Bryce Cartwright a nomination.
The winner of The Frownlow Medal will be announced later in the year.