Controversial former England rugby star Sam Burgess was embroiled in exceptional drug abuse and domestic violence allegations in Australia on Thursday night.
The 31-year-old member of the 2015 World Cup squad is accused of using recreational drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine and allegedly attacked his wife while pregnant.
Shocking revelations by the Australian newspaper claim to have exposed the Burgess scandal.
Sam Burgess' attorney has dismissed sensational allegations against the 31-year-old
A report in Australia claims that South Sydney Rabbitohs covered up Burgess's wild lifestyle
The report claims he also attacked his then-wife Phoebe in front of her father two years ago
Burgess is a former English rugby union center that moved from the league in 2014
It also accuses employees of Australian rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs – owned by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe – of covering up his wild lifestyle. The worst details concern Burgess' alleged drug use and violence against his wife Phoebe.
The newspaper claims he went on a drug-operated bend in November 2018 after which there was such concern about the condition of Burgess that a Rabbitohs paramedic injected him with a sedative to calm him down, but the prescription on behalf of his father-in-law wrote. Businessman Mitch Hooke to protect the player's identity.
On this subject, Dr. Andrew McDonald, Rabbitohs' chief medical officer, told the newspaper: "I have no comment right now."
The report describes how Phoebe Burgess told police that she had suffered "physical violence and emotional and psychological abuse" and added that her husband "intimidated and scared" her. Her father, Hooke, claims he saw Burgess attack his eight month pregnant daughter by knocking her down and berating her and calling her "weak shit".
The report also claims that Burgess attacked his former wife, Phoebe, when she was pregnant
The couple broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son Billy
Hooke told the newspaper about the alleged incident: “His abuse of Phoebe was unprintable. He called her an effing c ***. Who calls her wife that? He grabbed her. She was eight months pregnant. It was a very aggressive grip. Phoebe struggled to get out of a very aggressive hug. & # 39;
In another testimony printed by The Australian, Hooke calls Burgess an "aggressive, uncontrolled monster".
The couple broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son Billy. Her divorce after four years of marriage was finalized in April. You have a daughter too, Poppy.
A four-month investigation into the newspaper also claims it uncovered text messages between Burgess' wife and Crowe detailing concerns about his alleged use of "heavy drugs" as well as "alcohol" and "girls on social media".
Burgess played 24 games for the English rugby league over a period of 11 years
He was part of Stuart Lancaster's squad, who flopped on home soil at the 2015 World Cup
In 2018, Burgess was embroiled in a scandal when a woman complained to the Rabbitohs that he and other gamers sexually molested her during a video call.
When Burgess found out that his wife had sent Crowe a text message about his welfare, he reportedly fired back and said in one text: “Phoebe, why did you send RC a message saying everything? I'm at work today fixing the club and now they think I'm a drug addict. What are you trying to solve here? Such lies. & # 39;
The report also alleges that a positive Burgess drug test was filed under a fake name to protect him and alleges that club officials were told he misused prescriptions, anti-anxiety drugs, and sleep-inducing drugs.
Burgess joined the Rabbitohs in 2010 at 21 after leaving Bradford Bulls. He played rugby for England in two stints between 2008 and 2019, including the 2017 World Cup, and represented Great Britain in 2007. Lured into the union in 2014, he joined Bath on a £ 500,000-a-year contract.
Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at the former club Souths
In 2015, he was inducted into Stuart Lancaster's unfortunate World Cup squad just nine months after his union debut. England failed to get out of the pool stage of their home tournament. After they collapsed, Burgess resigned from the union and tore open 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 an unjustifiable defamation of my client," said O & # 39; Brien.
"It is evident that the false allegations are those that are currently arguing with my client on various subjects."