Are LGBTQIA+ people being exploited?

Embracing the LGBTQIA+ community is trending. Corporations, governments, organisations and high profile individuals in Australia are embracing or being seen to embrace people from this community. This is a sign of a fairer and more equitable world, but is it also an example of exploitation?

Are LGBTQIA+ people being used by organisations to improve their public image or to distract the public from the organisations failings in other areas?

Why would they do this?

Support for inclusion and diversity is trending. Organisations seen to support the cause can position themselves as responsible corporate or social citizens, especially if they can successfully publicise this support. The organisation is less likely to be labelled unethical, and can also use inclusion and diversity to distract the public from their unethical or questionable practices in other areas – unethical practices which are destructive to society, including the LGBTQIA+ community.

AGL

AGL is an Australian energy company with one claim to fame: it is Australia’s biggest polluter. Australia is one of the world’s biggest polluters. AGL epitomises the exploitation of the LGBTQIA+ community for Public Relations (PR) purposes and distraction.

The AGL website states that:

“In 2014, AGL implemented a LGBTQ+ Inclusion Strategy, and in 2015 we were rated as one of the best performing first-time entrants to the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). Our employee-driven LGBTQ+ network, AGL Shine, was created in 2014.

In September 2015, AGL announced our support for marriage equality in Australia. Our position was strongly endorsed by the AGL Board, our senior management, and AGL Shine members.”

What exactly is involved in supporting marriage equality?

Posting a message on the company’s official platforms stating support of marriage equality. Not particularly difficult. AGL made the statement in 2015, when the movement had gained such strong momentum that same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia in 2016. Hardly groundbreaking or brave.

The statement continues:

“In 2020, we were proud to be awarded Gold Employer status for LGBTQ+ inclusion at the AWEI Awards. This is the third year we have been awarded Gold Employer status.”

How hard it is to promote inclusion and diversity?

Including people of diverse backgrounds essentially means treating people fairly.

How much does inclusion and diversity cost?

To have been continually awarded for inclusion, the company must have made some financial investment.

How much does transitioning to renewable energy cost?

In the short term, a lot. In the long term, AGL would apparently make a profit because the global economy is embracing renewable technology. Convincing shareholders to invest in diversity and inclusion seems much easier than convincing them to invest in renewable energy. AGL is a business and bases all of its decisions on profits. Transitioning to clean energy is undoubtedly more expensive in the short term than embracing the LGBTQIA+ community.

Interestingly, while AGL was publicly supporting marriage equality, it made a deliberate decision not to transition to renewable energy. The company had apparently appointed a new boss in 2015, who was tasked with overseeing a move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. However, pressure from the then Minister for the Environment, Josh Frydenberg, convinced the company to reject clean energy sources and continue burning fossil fuels.

AGL wins considerable social credibility and brand enhancement through its inclusion polices and support for marriage equality, at exactly the same time that it actively rejects a transition to renewable energy.

Coincidence?

AFL

The Australian Football League runs the premier Australian Rules football competition in the country and is well-known for its support of LGBTQIA+ people. It has held a ‘Pride’ round since 2016 to promote inclusion and diversity.

The AFL is more public in its support of this issue than other major sporting codes, and this could be motivated by honest intentions or by its commitment to its women’s competition, AFLW, in which many players are openly gay. Cynics might argue that the governing body is chasing the pink dollar, but that criticism is not constructive.

Interestingly, despite having held a Pride round since 2016, not one male AFL player has come out as gay. Are there any gay AFL players?

The AFL appears sincere in its acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community. However, is the organisation equally sincere in its attempts to tackle racism and misogyny? The AFL also holds an Indigenous round (since 2008) and claims to embrace women, not just those involved in the ALFW.

However, just days before this article was written, a popular AFL player, Taylor Walker, was outed for a racist comment during an Aussie Rules football game, and his public apology was widely criticised as inadequate. This followed revelations earlier in 2021 of widespread racism within the Collingwood Magpies club, one of the nation’s biggest, as well as the brutal racism directed at former player Adam Goodes. The racist attacks on Goodes were so vicious, incessant and damaging that they forced him to quit the sport, and they spurned two documentaries.

Treatment of women within the AFL is also far from ideal. Numerous players have been found guilty of misogyny, harrassment and even assault of women, and this history of toxic masculinity is documented in The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Thus, the AFL has failed to sufficiently address issues of toxic masculinity and racism, but derives positive publicity from its support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was praised for its decision to allow an Australian female Rugby 7s player to wear headgear with a rainbow coloured design. The rainbow design promoted awareness and acceptance of issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community, and commentators explained that the Australian player was given ‘permission’ by the IOC to wear the protective equipment with that particular design.

According to media reports:

“Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team Ian Chesterman threw his support behind the celebration and Williams for lodging the request.

“It’s wonderful for our athletes to celebrate their identity as well as promote all of our Olympic sports as safe and inclusive,” Mr Chesterman said.

“I’d like to thank the IOC for their support in allowing Sharni to wear the headgear and thank Sharni for sharing her story with us during the games.”

The IOC has been the subject of countless articles and documentaries questioning its ethics and accusing it of bullying and rampant corruption. Furthermore, Olympic athletes are given strict and detailed instructions to refrain from any form of protest or activism on any issue at any time during the games. But, they let a rugby player wear rainbow headgear.

Tiwi Islands Mardi Gras

The Tiwi Islands lie to the north of Darwin and are home to Indigenous Australian communities. In 2017, 30 Tiwi Sistagirls, or transgender women, travelled to Sydney to take part in their first ever Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The inclusion was hailed as a victory for the Sistagirls and the LGBTQIA+ community in general. The inaugural journey received widespread media coverage and many organisations associated themselves publicly with this event. They could be accused of jumping on the bandwagon (or float).

Some of these organisations, including government departments, are responsible for solving many of the problems which plague remote communities such as those on the Tiwi Islands. These problems include societal decay, low life expectancy, loss of language and culture, drug and alcohol abuse, poor school attendance, violence, incarceration, unemployment, poor literacy and numeracy, and discrimination.

If the mainstream media and organisations celebrate the participation of Tiwi people in Mardi Gras, does it create the impression that life is improving on the Tiwi Islands and for Indigenous Australians in general? Does it distract Australians from the reality of life for Indigenous Australians and the need to do something about it?

Furthermore, how hard is it to get Tiwi Islanders to Mardi Gras? How hard is it to book a few flights and hotel rooms?

How hard is it to effect real change in Indigenous communities? Apparently very difficult. According to Pat Turner, Lead Convenor of the Coalition of Peaks and CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, only two of six Closing The Gap (CTG) targets were on track: early education and Year 12 attainment.

This means that after 12 years since the release of the first CTG report, little or no progress has been made in areas such as child mortality, employment, life expectancy and education.

Once again, it could be said that LGBTQI+ people are being used to distract the public from the failures of various organisations.

Supporting LGBTQIA+ rights is important. It is a question of equality and fairness. It should not be exploited for positive PR by organisations seeking to distract the public from their unethical or incompetent practices in other areas, or to shield the organisation from public criticism.

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Parliament House to host Mad Monday in 2021.

Parliament House in Canberra will host the Mad Monday celebrations for Australia’s major football codes in 2021 after it was revealed to be a den of iniquity.

So many reports of scandalous behaviour are emerging from the nation’s seat of power on a daily basis that players from sports such as the NRL, AFL and Super Rugby have booked the venue for their annual end-of-season parties.

“Mad Monday is every Monday!” exclaimed a combined statement from representatives of the football codes organising the festivities.

“Parliament House is where it’s at boys!- anything goes. We can get on the piss, anywhere, we can bring in some hookers, get high, get stoned, come and go any time of the day or night. But best of all, we’ll get away with it!” explained Brendan Fevola.

“How good!”

The excitement among current and former players was palpable on group chats, as attendees realised they could turn back the clock to the glory days of Mad Monday and bonding sessions without pesky photographers, no-fault stand down rules, fines, suspensions – or any consequences for their behaviour.

“We can sink a thousand beers and pull a chick, any chick,” wrote an excited Toby Rudolf.

Players like Adam Elliott, from the NRL Bulldogs, are excited that they can get naked and dance on tables without appearing on the front page of a newspaper. Others like Tyrone May, Dylan Napa and Corey Norman are looking forward to making or distributing sex tapes without fear of punishment.

“How’s the WiFi?”, asked Israel Folau, who is determined to spread damaging misinformation via social media just like LNP member Craig Kelly, while racist players wanted to know if they could access Pauline Hanson’s office.

Mark Gasnier, Jonathon Patton and Shaun Kenny-Dowall were also interested in the quality of reception, because they guarantee they can match any of the lewd messages and pictures that MP Michael Johnsen sent to a sex worker. Sam Newman, meanwhile, is a big fan of the general depravity and rampant misogyny.

Players like Mitchell Pearce were making dibs on the offices of Christian Porter and Barnaby Joyce so they could commit adultery with young women and keep their substantial salaries, while Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera wanted to know if any high schools were likely to be visiting the seat of government in October this year.

Jack de Belin and Tristan Sailor, meanwhile, expressed their delight that players accused of rape will not end up in prison, lose their job or even be suspended.

“If only I’d been a politician,” they commented via their lawyers.

Parliament House will replace Hillsong Church in Sydney as the host of the famously wild party in 2021.

“Hillsong was great, but it’s not an option anymore”, explained one of the chief organisers, ex-AFL star Ben Cousins.

“We got that venue last year because ScoMo (Scott Morrison), Jarryd (Hayne) and a heap of other players have connections there. But Jarryd’s probably gonna be in prison later this year, and Scotty might not last much longer as PM, so the church isn’t an option. Manase Fainu kept tryin’ to tell us that a church is great place to have a party but, nah, we realised Parliament House was rockin’ this year.”

Politicians and their staffers have been invited to join the players and have promised to guide the football heroes to locations such as the prayer room, the office of Linda Reynolds and the bar.

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Footy Leadership Groups to replace Australian government.

Leadership Groups from Australia’s major football codes will replace the current Australian government while Coalition members take mental health leave. Senior players from sports such as the NRL and AFL will run the country while coalition ministers and senators take sick leave to recover from self-inflicted scandals.

“Footy players will run the country for a while,” announced Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Leadership Groups are the perfect replacement for ministers and senators because they are made up of players who have committed public scandals and have not only kept their jobs, but often been rewarded with positions of greater influence. Some have even captained premiership winning teams, just as I captained my team to victory in the last election despite years of incompetence, failure and questionable behaviour. Of course, just like politics, some members of Leadership Groups are responsible and decent people, but they’re often outnumbered.”

Many of the players are currently serving suspensions for off-field scandals, and thus have time to be politicians until ministers and senators return from leave. They will begin their new roles immediately and are expected to perform just as well as the people they replace.

Football players are famous for committing scandals involving the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs, racism, homophobia, misuse of social media, driving offences, general immorality and mistreatment of women. It is this ongoing behaviour which persuaded the prime minister to call for their help during the current crisis.

“They also have great empathy for women,” explained Morrison, “and one of them was just found guilty of rape, so these are the kind of men we need in parliament house at the moment.”

The footy players who were chosen to fill such a vital role are excited by the new challenge.

“Sweet bro,” they exclaimed.

“Mad Monday every Monday!”

“We can get on the piss, hire some hookers, pop some pills, have wild group sex, denigrate women, make a few sex tapes and share them – might even rape a few b’,*ches – anything goes here.”

The players were reported to be even more excited that they will enjoy greater impunity as politicians than they do as footballers.

“Mate, I’ve been suspended for bloody ever after I got accused of rape, and they haven’t even found me guilty,” stated NRL player Jack de Belin.

“But that Porter bloke got accused of the same thing and they gave him sick leave on full pay. How good is politics!”

The appointment of the Leadership Groups will allow the Coalition to work on their combinations in the early days of the cabinet reshuffle, and will even allow Morrison to take a holiday from doing nothing. The job of PM will be shared between NRL player Jarryd Hayne and the walking disaster, former AFL player Ben Cousins.

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What is Australian football?

What is Australian football?

It depends who you ask.

First of all, Australians call it ‘Footy’. But footy can mean Australian Rules Football, Football/Soccer, Rugby League or Rugby Union.

Footy = Aussie Rules

Australian Rules Football – Aussie Rules – AFL

Australian Rules Football holds the most legitimate claim the to the title of Australian football. ‘Aussie Rules’ is unique to Australia.

Australian Rules Football is apparently a combination of Marngrook and Gaelic Football. Marngrook is a sport played by Indigenous Australians involving a ball, two teams and goal posts, and Gaelic football was brought to Australia by Irish migrants in the early days of the colony. The two were combined and adapted to create Australian Rules Football.

AFL is Australian Football League which is the national first-grade competition with teams in most states and territories, and the entire sport is often called ‘AFL’. The heartland of the game is Victoria, especially Melbourne, and most of the AFL teams still represent suburbs in Melbourne.

AFL is also the most popular spectator sport in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania and is the number 1 sport in the Northern Territory, especially among Indigenous Australians. No matter how remote the Indigenous community, they know all about the AFL.

Aussie Rules does have devoted fans in New South Wales and Queensland, but it is definitely not the most popular code in these states.

Footy = Soccer

Soccer – Football

Aussie Rules may be Australia’s national sport, but the most popular participation sport in the country is soccer.

Australians have long called the sport Soccer, but the rest of the world calls it football, so Aussies recently started calling it Football until we realised that footy refers to three other codes in the land Down Under. So, what name do they use? It depends who you ask.

Soccer is played in every state and territory from junior to senior level, and is producing strong national teams. AFC Asian Cup victories went to the men’s Socceroos in 2015, and the women’s Matildas in 2010. Soccer will also enjoy a rise in popularity after Australia and New Zealand won the rights to co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

The success of the national teams and the sport itself is due largely to the country’s migrant population. The British colonisers brought the sport to the country, but migrants built it. Club teams from the Italian, Greek and other European communities drove the early national league and The World Game is the most truly multi-cultural code in the country. The A-League and the W-League are the current national competitions for men and women and feature teams from throughout Australia.

Rugby is Australia’s national sport.

No.

Many foreigners think rugby is Australian football, but this is not true. AFL and Soccer are more popular, and ‘rugby’ actually refers to two separate codes.

Footy = Rugby Union

Rugby Union – Rugby – Union

Rugby Union is footy for students at expensive private schools in New South Wales and Queensland. The Game They Play in Heaven was the domain of the wealthy from school, to club to representative level, and this kept it contained to a very select demographic.

Rugby Sevens has broadened its appeal and another factor has attracted a different demographic to the sport – Pacific Islanders. Every club, school or representative team now actively recruits players of Pacific Islander origin. They are built to play rugby. They are big, strong, fast, agile, skilful and very hard to tackle.

Club teams fill their rosters with Pasifika players and private schools offer scholarships to talented young Pasifika boys. Representative teams at Super Rugby and national level rely very heavily on players from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand and almost half of the players in the men’s national team, the Wallabies, have pacific island heritage. Rugby Union also competes for Pasifika talent with Rugby League, as the players are just as dominant in this sport.

The arrival of many South African migrants in Western Australia has increased the appeal of the code in this state, especially in Perth.

A threat to the dominance of Rugby Union in Australian private schools is Aussie Rules. The sport pursues a very pro-active and effective junior development program and is now being played at private schools, and Aussie Rules posts have replaced rugby posts on many school ovals.

Another threat to the future of the sport is the risk of injury. Many Australian parents are concerned for the safety of their children after seeing the injuries suffered at junior and senior level among players in rugby (and league). Both of these sports have gone to great lengths to protect players, especially from head injuries, but injuries, some of which are very serious, are hard to avoid in such brutally physical sports.

The concern over serious injury has led many parents to sign their children up for soccer.

Footy = Rugby League

If you say footy in NSW and Queensland, most people will think of Rugby League. League is the most popular sport in these states. It was played only in these two states until recently. Ironically, though, the most dominant team in the National Rugby League competition in recent years, and the 2020 premiers, is the Storm – from Melbourne.

League is the working man’s game and this distinguishes it from Union, and explains its broad appeal.

So, what is Australian football? That’s a complex question. Geography and social class determine how most people answer, and even the time of year. League, Union and Aussie rules are all winter sports, but the A-League (Soccer) is played during summer. The ambiguity causes debate among some Australians, while most just enjoy the chance to watch so many sports at a high level in one country.

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Nick Stevens, His Girlfriend and Another Man’s Wife Nominated for the Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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Former Carlton AFL player Nick Stevens and his girlfriend lead the band of public urinators, drug dealers, prisoners and a coach’s wife to be nominated for induction into the prestigious 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. The first medal was awarded to Sydney Roosters and New Zealand representative Shaun Kenny-Dowall in 2015.

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.

NRL and AFL wife beaters head the list for 2016.

Stevens captains the team which includes NRL players Robert Lui, Anthony Watts and Isaac Gordon. Stevens’ odds shortened when his current girlfriend, Amelia Miller, attacked the victim of his abuse via social media.

Sydney Roosters winger Blake Ferguson also assaulted a woman on his way to a nomination, but damaged his chances of induction by stating that he restricts himself to blondes.

Ferguson joins a group of 2016 State of Origin players, including his NSW captain Paul Gallen and team mates Josh Dugan, Greg Romance Bird, Dylan Walker, Jack Bird and  Queenslanders Sam Virgin Thaiday and Nate Squatter Myles.

Greg Romance Bird urinated on a police car the day after his wedding, to add his name to a list of public urinators which includes Anthony Tupou, Anthony Watmough, Terence Seu Seu, Gallen, Willie Mason, Sonny Bill Williams and the Master Urinator, 2015 Hall of Fame inductee, Todd Carney.

Romance did not, however, damage a taxi or its driver, and this could be his downfall. Taxi abuse earned nominations for Mason, Reni Maitua and Jake Friend plus AFL players Micheal Hurely, Jarrad Grant, Daniel Kerr and Trent Dumont.

The battle for the Frownlow’s foremost family rages between the father and son combinations of AFL stars Daniel and Roger Kerr and  Jim and Andrew Krakouer, whose fame stems from incidents such as drug dealing, assault and imprisonment. Jail time also earned NRL player Russell Packer his nomination.

Beau Ryan is on the list for a racist attempt at comedy on the Rugby League Footy Show, but just like in his playing career – he is simply there.

The other man’s wife is Nicole McGregor, the better half of drink driving St George Illawarra coach Paul. Nicole strengthened her husband’s nomination when she publicly criticised Dragons players at a post match function.

The one common denominator of almost every nomination?

Alcohol.

The full list of nominees, valid at date of publication, is included below.

Name Code Club Action
John Hopoate NRL Manly, Inserting his fingers into players’ private areas, banned from coaching Manly junior teams, charged with assaulting someone in a supermarket, played low grade Rugby Union under a false name, verbally abused a touch judge, verbally abused a ball boy, sacked by Manly, charged with assault at King’s Cross while working as an RSA marshall, guilty of intimidating a parking officer. 1
Billy Brownless AFL Geelong Cats Wife slept with Lyon 2
Garry Lyon AFL Melbourne Demons Slept with Brownless’ wife 3
Paul McGregor NRL St George Illawarra Coach/ Illawarra Steelers player Drink Driving 4
Grant Hackett AFL Collingwood Drunk and disorderly on a plane, helped off the plane by Collingwood ///, accused of domestic violence, history of alcohol abuse.. 5
Paul Gallen NRL Cronulla Sharks, NSW, AUS Urinating in Public, racism, misuse of twitter 6
Josh Dugan NRL Canberra Raiders, St George Illawarra Dragons, NSW, AUS Misuse of social media, intoxication, 7
Blake Ferguson NRL Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters, NSW Charged with assault, intoxication, misuse of social media. 8
Greg Bird NRL Cronulla Sharks, Gold Coast Titans Urinating on a police car the day after his wedding. 9
Nate Myles NRL Sydney Roosters, Gold Coast Titans, Manly Sea Eagles. Intoxication, public nakedness and defecation in the corridor of a hotel. 10
Beau Ryan NRL Wests Tigers, Cronulla Sharks Racist joke on Channel Nine Footy Show. 11
Stephen Hoiles Rugby Union NSW Waratahs, Wallabies Sexually suggestive question to Eddie Jones at press conference after Wallabies v. England. 12
Willie Mason NRL Canterbury Bulldogs, North Queensland Cowboys, Newcastle Knights, Sydney Roosters, Manly Sea Eagles Ran from a taxi to avoid paying fare, tested positive to illicit drugs, forged another player’s signature at an autograph event, broke curfew, televised swearing during the Haka, voted most hated NRL player by fans in 2007, verbally challenged a female reporter, charged with public urination 2008 and 2009 13
Reni Maitua NRL Canterbury Bulldogs, ….. Arrested for drink driving while on P Plates, sacked by Bulldogs for failing to attend training, tested positive to a banned substance, assaulted taxi driver, involved in a nightclub brawl in Brisbane. Attempted to commit suicide. 14
Jake Friend NRL Sydney Roosters Being drunk and falling asleep in a taxi, assaulting taxi driver, refusing to pay fare. 15
Michael Hurley AFL Essendon Bombers Arrested for drunken assault of a taxi driver after refusing to pay fare while on his way to Hungry Jacks. 16
Daniel Kerr AFL West Coast Eagles Involved in brawl with Ben Cousins, borke Cousins’ arm, charged with forging a prescription to valium, charged with assault alongside his father, arrested for assaulting taxi driver, accused of drug dealing, assaulted a teenager, arrested for starting a house fire. 17
Anthony Watts NRL Cronulla Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys Assaulting a man at a wedding, assault of his former partner, drug possession, imprisonment, membership of a bikie gang, drunken brawl while on parole, biting the penis of an opposing player. 18
Trent Dumont AFL North Melbourne Charged with aggravated robbery of a taxi driver in Adelaide in 2014 19
Robert Lui NRL Wests Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys Charged with numerous counts of domestic violence 20
Tony Armstrong AFL Adelaide Crows, Sydney Swans, Collingwood Magpies Sent nude photos to a woman via social media. Photos later appeared in Woman’s Day. 21
Anthony Tupou NRL Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks Public urination. 22
Amelia Miller AFL Current girlfriend of Nick Stevens Launched a social media attack of Nick Stevens former partner. 23
Kurtley Beale Rugby Union NSW Waratahs, Melbourne Rebels, Wallabies, Wasps Attended rehabilitation for alcohol related issues in, sent home from South Africa for ill-discipline in 2013, punished for sending offensive texts to team official in 2014. 24
Danny Cipriani Rugby Union Melbourne Rebels, England, Wasps Accused of stealing a bottle of vodka from behind a bar in Melbourne. Regular incidents of off-field ill-discipline while at Rebels. 25
Jim Krakouer AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos, St Kilda Saints Imprisoned for rape, guilty of dangerous driving causing death, imprisoned for drug trafficking 26
Andrew Krakouer AFL Richmond Tigers, Collingwood Magpies Charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm, found guilty of assault and served time in prison. 27
Roger Kerr AFL East Fremantle, Port Adelaide (SANFL) Charged with assault 28
Dave Taylor NRL Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Queensland, Australia, Catalans Dragons Pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. 29
Joe Vickery NRL Gold Coast Titans, St George Dragons, Leeds Rhinos Pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine. 30
Jamie Dowling NRL Gold Coast Titans Pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine. 31
Nicole McGregor NRL Wife of Paul McGregor, coach of St George Illawarra Dragons. Verbally criticised St George players about their recent form at a post-match presentation. 32
Lachie Keefe AFL Collingwood Magpies Naked selfies of him were published in Woman’s Day. 33
Nick Stevens AFL Carlton Jailed for repeated abuse of former partner. 34
Julian O’Neill NRL Brisbane Broncos, Western Reds, South Sydney Rabbitohs, North Queensland Cowboys Urinated under a blackjack table, indecent exposure, sacked by Brisbane Broncos for drink-driving, sacked by London Broncos for drink-driving, sacked by Western Reds after being disqualified from driving, defecated in a teammate’s shoe, drunkenly set fire to a 13-year-old bot in a dolphin suit on a river cruise, stripped to his underwear, jumped into the river, swam to shore, hitched a ride to town- to avoid apprehension. 35
Anthony Watmough NRL Manly Sea Egales, Parramatta Eels Public urination, abused a club sponsor’s 21-year-old daughter, punched a club sponsor, trashed a hotel room. AVO taken out against him. 36
Terence Seu Seu NRL Manly Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights, Cronulla Sharks Public urination 37
Sam Newman AFL Geelong Cats Misogynistic rant against female journalist on the AFL Footy Show. 38
Robert Dipierdomenico AFL Hawthorn Eagles Tweeted his condolences about the death of Ben Cousins. 39
Russel Packer NRL St. George-Illawarra Dragons, Auckland Warriors Assaulted a man in Sydney CBD, served time in prison, fined $15,000 for urinating on the field 40
Isaac Gordon NRL Cronulla Sharks Domestic violence of pregnant partner. 41
Sonny Bill Williams NRL/Rugby Union Who hasn’t he played for? Public urination, filmed in a dalliance with Candice Falzon in a toilet cubicle at The Clovelly Hotel, low range drink driving conviction, walked out of contract with Canterbury Bulldogs, using a Samoan passport to exit Australia. 42
Jarrad Grant AFL Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast Suns Opened the door of a moving taxi late at night in Hong Kong in 2010. 43

 

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Travis Cloke the Latest Frownlow Medal Nominee to Fall into Social Media Trap.

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Collingwood AFL player Travis Cloke sent nude images and videos of himself to a woman, and didn’t think there would be any consequences.

One of the pictures apparently showed Cloke performing a sex act, and the woman who received the images was not his partner. The images made their way to various media outlets and Cloke made his way on to the list of nominees for the 2016 Frownlow Medal.

Cloke joins team mate Dane Swan as a contender for the prestigious award, as Swan also sent nude images of himself to a woman, and they were also leaked to the media.

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. The first medal was awarded to Sydney Roosters and New Zealand representative Shaun Kenny-Dowall in 2015.

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.

Both players look likely to feature in the glamorous Frownlow Medal awards ceremony in October this year, as well as the mass Frownlow nominees nudie run, currently being planned by artist Spencer Tunick.

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