World News – UA – Sam Burgess denies sensational drug use claims in Australia


Posted: 7:43 PM EDT October 1, 2020 | Updated: 10:30 p.m. BST, October 1, 2020

Controversial former England rugby star Sam Burgess was involved in extraordinary drug addiction and domestic violence allegations in Australia on Thursday night

The 2015 World Cup squad member, 31, is accused of using recreational drugs – like ecstasy and cocaine – and allegedly assaulting his wife while she was pregnant

Report claims he also assaulted his then wife Phoebe two years ago in front of her father

Burgess is a former England rugby union center that left the league in 2014

He also accuses staff at Australia’s South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League club – owned by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe – of covering up his wild lifestyle The most damning details surround Burgess’ drug use and alleged violence against his wife, Phoebe

The newspaper claims he went on a drug-fueled bender in November 2018, after which there were such concerns about Burgess’s condition that a doctor from Rabbitoh injected him with a tranquilizer to calm him down , but wrote the ordinance on behalf of his father -law, businessman Mitch Hooke, to protect player identity

On this, Dr Andrew McDonald, Chief Medical Officer of Rabbitohs, told the newspaper: ‘I have no comment at this point’

The report details how Phoebe Burgess told police she suffered ‘physical abuse as well as emotional and psychological abuse’, adding that her husband made her ‘feel intimidated and scared’ Her father, Hooke, claims he saw Burgess assault his eight-month-pregnant daughter by crushing her and shouting verbal abuse at her, calling her ‘c *** weak’

Hooke told the newspaper about the alleged incident: ‘His abuse of Phoebe was unprintable He called her scary shit Who calls their wife that? He caught her She was eight months pregnant It was a really aggressive attack Phoebe was struggling to get out of what was a very aggressive embrace ‘

The couple split in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy Their divorce after four years of marriage was finalized in April They also have a daughter, Poppy

A four-month investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Burgess’s wife and Crowe, where she details her concerns about her alleged use of « heavy drugs » as well as « alcohol » and  » girls on social networks »

He was part of Stuart Lancaster’s side that collapsed at home during the 2015 World Cup

In 2018, Burgess was caught in a scandal when a woman complained to the Rabbitohs that he and other players sexually harassed her during a video call

When Burgess found out that his wife had texted Crowe about his well-being, he reportedly retaliated by saying in a text, ‘Phoebe, why did you text RC saying everything I am at work today fixing the club and now they think i am a drug addict what are you trying to solve here such lies’

The report also alleges that a positive drug test for Burgess was filed under a false name to protect him, and claims club officials were told he was abusing prescriptions, anti -anxiety and sleeping pills

Burgess joined the Rabbitohs in 2010 at the age of 21, after leaving Bradford Bulls In two stints between 2008 and 2019, he played rugby league for England, including at the World Cup 2017, and in 2007 represented Great Britain Drawn to union in 2014, he joined Bath on a contract of £ 500,000 per year

In 2015 he was included in Stuart Lancaster’s ill-fated squad for the World Cup just nine months after his union debut England failed to make it past the pool stage of their home tournament After their collapse, Burgess quit the union and tore up his contract with Bath, returning to Australia and the rugby league He retired last October, but stayed with the Rabbitohs where he is now a coach

Burgess attorney Mark O’Brien strongly denied all allegations ‘The allegations are false and constitute indefensible libel against my client,’ M O’Brien

‘It is obvious that the sources of the false allegations are those currently in dispute with my client on various issues’

Sam Burgess

World News – AU – Sam Burgess denies sensational drug use claims in Australia


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