My brother’s keeper
Tom Burgess leaps to sibling’s side amid sexting scandal
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”.
Phoebe and Sam Burgess.
Burgess on Saturday.