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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Burgess brother admits 'mistake' by tight-lipped Sam


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South Sydney forward Tom Burgess has said that his brother Sam made a ‘mistake’ as the fallout continues from the ‘sexting’ scandal that threatens the club’s premiership campaign.

The Rabbitohs and the NRL’s Integrity Unit are working together after a social media account belonging to Sam was used to send lewd images to a young woman following a match against the Warriors earlier in the season.

There is no suggestion Sam was involved but it is alleged that multiple Rabbitohs players exposed themselves to the 23-year-old woman who has now gone public with the story.

The scandal broke just before South Sydney beat St George Illawarra in a semi-final at ANZ Stadium to set up a grand final qualifier with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.

Tom Burgess (left) said his brother Sam (centre) made a mistake over the Rabbitohs 'sexting' scandal.

“He’s disappointed,” Tom said after beating the Dragons 13-12.

“Obviously he’s made a mistake but he’s going to be all right.

“There’s an investigation going on now but they’ll sort it out.”

Sam chose not to spoke about the incident when approached by Brad Fittler and asked about the last few days after the game.

NRL Press Conference: South Sydney Rabbitohs - Finals Week 2

He was supported at the Dragons game by his mother Julie but wife Phoebe, who is pregnant with their second child, was not in attendance.

“It’s good to get a win tonight,” Sam said.

“I thought we were pretty scrappy at times.”

The incident also sparked an explosive moment between rugby league journalist Paul Kent and former Brisbane forward Gorden Tallis on Triple M over speculation Burgess could be suspended for the Roosters match as punishment.

NRL Highlights: South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons - Finals Week 2

Tallis asked if the ‘world had gone mad’ over suggestions that Sam could miss the game over a ‘selfie’ prompting a fuming Kent to shut him down.

“Gorden, it wasn’t a conversation of a sexual nature, from what I’m understanding,” Kent said.

“It was a FaceTime phone call to a fan. I think they’re vastly different.

“She hung up immediately as soon as he exposed himself and then he tried to call back three times, she refused to take the call, and the following morning sent an email to the club saying that she was offended by it and she wanted an apology

“Shut up, you don't know what you're talking about.”

South Sydney forward Tom Burgess has said that his brother Sam made a ‘mistake’ as the fallout continues from the ‘sexting’ scandal that threatens the club’s premiership campaign.

The Rabbitohs and the NRL’s Integrity Unit are working together after a social media account belonging to Sam was used to send lewd images to a young woman following a match against the Warriors earlier in the season.

There is no suggestion Sam was involved but it is alleged that multiple Rabbitohs players exposed themselves to the 23-year-old woman who has now gone public with the story.

The scandal broke just before South Sydney beat St George Illawarra in a semi-final at ANZ Stadium to set up a grand final qualifier with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.

Tom Burgess (left) said his brother Sam (centre) made a mistake over the Rabbitohs 'sexting' scandal.

“He’s disappointed,” Tom said after beating the Dragons 13-12.

“Obviously he’s made a mistake but he’s going to be all right.

“There’s an investigation going on now but they’ll sort it out.”

Sam chose not to spoke about the incident when approached by Brad Fittler and asked about the last few days after the game.

NRL Press Conference: South Sydney Rabbitohs - Finals Week 2

He was supported at the Dragons game by his mother Julie but wife Phoebe, who is pregnant with their second child, was not in attendance.

“It’s good to get a win tonight,” Sam said.

“I thought we were pretty scrappy at times.”

The incident also sparked an explosive moment between rugby league journalist Paul Kent and former Brisbane forward Gorden Tallis on Triple M over speculation Burgess could be suspended for the Roosters match as punishment.

NRL Highlights: South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George Illawarra Dragons - Finals Week 2

Tallis asked if the ‘world had gone mad’ over suggestions that Sam could miss the game over a ‘selfie’ prompting a fuming Kent to shut him down.

“Gorden, it wasn’t a conversation of a sexual nature, from what I’m understanding,” Kent said.

“It was a FaceTime phone call to a fan. I think they’re vastly different.

“She hung up immediately as soon as he exposed himself and then he tried to call back three times, she refused to take the call, and the following morning sent an email to the club saying that she was offended by it and she wanted an apology

“Shut up, you don't know what you're talking about.”

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