The Sydney Roosters are seeking to clear rookie Billy Smith’s name after it was alleged in The Australian newspaper that Sam Burgess waited outside his home.
Smith was dragged into the scandal that has engulfed the Rabbitohs legend, but according to The Sydney Morning Herald’s Danny Weidler, the Roosters want the NRL to publicly clear Smith’s name from any role in the matter, with the player and his family reportedly “rattled”.
The report from The Australian alleges Smith knew the woman involved in the 2018 sexting scandal, who alleged she was exposed to inappropriate images in a video chat from one of Burgess’s social media accounts.
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The woman reportedly emailed the club about the incident and said she felt violated, alleging some of the players exposed themselves to her, but Burgess was cleared after an investigation by the club.
The Australian report alleges that Burgess and Billy Smith, who reportedly had a connection with the woman at the centre of the scandal were involved in a heated exchange.
Burgess reportedly blamed Smith for exposing the sexting scandal and went to confront Smith outside his home.
Burgess infamously pulled Smith’s hair on the field in a match between the Roosters and the Rabbitohs in 2019.
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In a text message obtained by The Australian, Burgess said: “I told him after the game I know he was involved and I will get him when I retire. He was a scared little boy. You know I’ve been to his house before and parked outside for an hour just wishing I would see him.”
Burgess’ wife, Phoebe, replied: “Yes. I know.”
Roosters rookie Billy Smith and Sam Burgess.Source:Getty Images
Burgess texted back: “Dats Dewsbury Sam. Haha dad would have waited until we did see him.”
The Roosters are reportedly furious about the alleged intimidation and threat of violence against one of their players.
Smith has been cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to the sexting scandal and the Roosters want the NRL to make that fact known officially via a public statement.
Burgess has stepped down from all public roles while he fights to clear his name over the serious allegations levelled against him.
Burgess’ lawyer Mark O’Brien strenuously denied the accusations, which included allegations of violence and substance abuse.
“The allegations are false and constitute an indefensible defamation against my client,” Mr O’Brien told the newspaper.
“It is apparent sources of the false allegations are those currently in dispute with my client over various issues.”
Originally published asFurious Roosters want ‘rattled’ rookie’s name cleared by the NRL
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