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Friday, 14 September 2018

Burgess implicated in lewd video chat scandal


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South Sydney star and premiership hero Sam Burgess is one of two high-profile Rabbitohs players involved in the lewd video chat scandal that has forced the club to go into damage control, with the incident threatening to derail the Bunnies’ NRL finals run.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a 23-year-old woman was engaged in a conversation on Burgess’ Facebook Messenger account, which resulted in one man exposing his genitals and another his backside during the live Face chat.

Screenshots of Burgess and some of his teammates during the video call have been obtained by News Corp, and the English star’s social media message threads reportedly confirm contact between the forward and the woman in question.

Burgess with his family.

Burgess refused to elaborate on the circumstances involving the video and the subsequent investigation when contacted by the publication for comment yesterday.

Burgess, whose wife is pregnant with the couple’s second child, began communicating with the female after she sent the Souths star a message on Instagram, to warn him about a fake profile set up in his name on the dating app Tinger.

Burgess allegedly responded by asking if the woman swiped right and then suggested she have a video chat with him and “the boys”.

The woman then claims she received several video calls from Burgess’ personal Facebook account.

After the 2014 grand final victory.

The fan said she was left “violated” and “digusted” by the behaviour of the players and contacted the club via email in May over the incident.

The club got back to her after the initial contact and promised to look seriously into the matter.

She then sent another two emails in June and August but officials failed to get back to her which resulted in the woman taking the story to the media.

A club spokesperson said they never got the emails on those days because they "were tagged as spam" and that an independent contractor hired by the club to find the emails in question can confirm this.

"As per the system junk email policy these emails were subsequently routed to a junk mail folder," he said.

Souths coach Anthony Seibold described the situation at the club as "chaos" but refused to go into detail about the allegations.

"It's a little bit of chaos thrown in front of us," Seibold said.

"Of course it's not ideal. We've got players in here this morning, which will be our last practice before a semi-final game. All I can do is control what we do inside out change rooms."

"At the moment, they’re accusations. I’ve not seen any photos myself, I’ve heard the accusations and I’m not willing to make any comment until the investigation is completed."

The incident couldn’t have come at a worse time for Souths as they look to conquer the in-form Dragons in Saturday night’s elimination final with Burgess a key member of the side's charge to premiership glory. 

Burgess is regarded as one of the elite rugby league players in the world and was hailed a club legend after playing a leading hand in the Rabbitohs’ premiership triumph in 2014.

South Sydney star and premiership hero Sam Burgess is one of two high-profile Rabbitohs players involved in the lewd video chat scandal that has forced the club to go into damage control, with the incident threatening to derail the Bunnies’ NRL finals run.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a 23-year-old woman was engaged in a conversation on Burgess’ Facebook Messenger account, which resulted in one man exposing his genitals and another his backside during the live Face chat.

Screenshots of Burgess and some of his teammates during the video call have been obtained by News Corp, and the English star’s social media message threads reportedly confirm contact between the forward and the woman in question.

Burgess with his family.

Burgess refused to elaborate on the circumstances involving the video and the subsequent investigation when contacted by the publication for comment yesterday.

Burgess, whose wife is pregnant with the couple’s second child, began communicating with the female after she sent the Souths star a message on Instagram, to warn him about a fake profile set up in his name on the dating app Tinger.

Burgess allegedly responded by asking if the woman swiped right and then suggested she have a video chat with him and “the boys”.

The woman then claims she received several video calls from Burgess’ personal Facebook account.

After the 2014 grand final victory.

The fan said she was left “violated” and “digusted” by the behaviour of the players and contacted the club via email in May over the incident.

The club got back to her after the initial contact and promised to look seriously into the matter.

She then sent another two emails in June and August but officials failed to get back to her which resulted in the woman taking the story to the media.

A club spokesperson said they never got the emails on those days because they "were tagged as spam" and that an independent contractor hired by the club to find the emails in question can confirm this.

"As per the system junk email policy these emails were subsequently routed to a junk mail folder," he said.

Souths coach Anthony Seibold described the situation at the club as "chaos" but refused to go into detail about the allegations.

"It's a little bit of chaos thrown in front of us," Seibold said.

"Of course it's not ideal. We've got players in here this morning, which will be our last practice before a semi-final game. All I can do is control what we do inside out change rooms."

"At the moment, they’re accusations. I’ve not seen any photos myself, I’ve heard the accusations and I’m not willing to make any comment until the investigation is completed."

The incident couldn’t have come at a worse time for Souths as they look to conquer the in-form Dragons in Saturday night’s elimination final with Burgess a key member of the side's charge to premiership glory. 

Burgess is regarded as one of the elite rugby league players in the world and was hailed a club legend after playing a leading hand in the Rabbitohs’ premiership triumph in 2014.

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