My brother’s keeper

Tom Burgess leaps to sib­ling’s side amid sex­ting scan­dal

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - NICK WAL­SHAW & DANIELLE GUSMAROLI

RAB­BITOHS star Tom Burgess has leapt to the de­fence of his un­der-fire brother Sam, say­ing he was cop­ing with the furore of his sex­ting probe by just get­ting “on with the job”.

Speak­ing af­ter South Syd­ney’s one-point vic­tory ended the Dragons’ sea­son on Satur­day night, Tom re­vealed his brother had shown a stiff up­per lip to put the drama to one side and con­cen­trate on help­ing his team reach a show­down with the Roost­ers for a grand fi­nal spot. The win came af­ter it was re­vealed by The Daily Tele­graph that Sam Burgess’s ver­i­fied so­cial me­dia ac­counts were used in video chats that sparked a young woman’s com­plaints about lewd be­hav­iour.

Tom said: “(Sam) is all right and got on with the job. We’re pro­fes­sional, so we just had to stick to what we know. That’s all we do, we come in, train and then turn up to the game.

“I don’t re­ally want to talk about it, if I’m hon­est.

“There’s a lot of me­dia in our sport and you have to ex­pect it.”

The Daily Tele­graph ex­clu­sively pub­lished screenshots taken of the mar­ried Eng­land in­ter­na­tional’s Face­book Mes­sen­ger ac­count dur­ing the video ex­changes with a 23-year-old woman show­ing a naked man bar­ing his gen­i­talia from the torso down and another man with his pants down flash­ing his back­side.

The men’s faces can­not be seen. South Syd­ney has re­fused to con­firm the iden­ti­ties of the naked play­ers.

The Rab­bitohs’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Blake Solly said he had held “con­struc­tive and help­ful” dis­cus­sions with the woman, who first con­tacted Souths four months ago, say­ing she felt vi­o­lated and dis­gusted by the on­line en­counter.

Burgess’s heav­ily preg­nant wife Phoebe was a noshow for her sched­uled ap­pear­ance at Rand­wick Race­course on Satur­day. The former jour­nal­ist and mum-of-one was ex­pected to at­tend Col­gate Op­tic White Stakes Day in her role as a Col­gate am­bas­sador but opted out. She also failed to make an ap­pear­ance at ANZ Sta­dium on Satur­day. There is now a ques­tion mark over whether the cou­ple will at­tend the Dally M Awards, amid the be­lief Phoebe has can­celled her red-car­pet dress for the Septem­ber 26 event.

Fans have flocked to so­cial me­dia with mes­sages of sup­port, with one say­ing: “Stay strong beau­ti­ful lady”.

Pic­ture: Chris Mo­hen

Phoebe and Sam Burgess.

Burgess on Satur­day.

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