South Sydney have released further updates and statements relating to two separate off-field incidents.

The first saw news break on Friday, with a number of big name Rabbitohs players involved in exposing themselves to a woman without her consent during a video chat back in May.

1. The Club’s general enquiry email address received emails from an anonymous email address on 27 and 31 May 2018 about alleged lewd behaviour by a player over social media. The emails did not identify the player allegedly involved, nor did they identify the person making the complaint.

2. On 1 June, the Club replied through Football Operations and Player Wellbeing Manager Brock Schaefer confirming it would investigate the complaint, requesting further information regarding the alleged incident and asking for contact details for the person making the complaint.

3. The Daily Telegraph contacted the Club on the afternoon of Thursday, 13 September stating the Club had failed to respond to emails dated 5 June and 31 August regarding alleged lewd player behaviour.

4. Upon receipt of the information from The Daily Telegraph, the Club engaged an independent contractor to conduct an email system audit regarding the emails sent to Mr Schaefer on 5 June and 31 August. These emails, sent again from an anonymous address, were tagged as spam due to the sender’s unique email address. As per the Club’s junk email filter, these emails were subsequently routed to a junk mail folder and were not received or seen by Mr Schaefer.

5. Upon discovery and review of the emails on 13 September, the Club attempted to contact the complainant via an international phone number provided in these emails, but it was no longer in service. Again, the emails did not identify the player allegedly involved, nor did they identify the person making the complaint.

6. The Club contacted the person making the complaint again by email on 14 September 2018 and was provided with updated contact details by her.

7. Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly has had a discussion with the person making the complaint this afternoon. Mr Solly gave her a commitment that the Club would undertake its investigation of the complaint with the utmost confidentiality and respect. The Club will deal with the complaint thoroughly and will move as quickly as it possibly can to conclude the investigation.

8. The Rabbitohs have appointed a panel of Commissioner Lea Drake (Independent), Karyn Murphy (NRL Integrity Unit) Nick Pappas (Rabbitohs Chairman), Emily Grant (Rabbitohs Head of Operations, People and Culture) and Mr Solly to investigate the complaint. Drake is the current Law Enforcement Conduct Commissioner for Integrity.

9. The above investigation will be undertaken in conjunction and co-operation with the NRL Integrity Unit.

10. The findings of the investigation will be thorough and transparent.

South Sydney have also addressed a second issue, with forward Zane Musgrove facing domestic violence allegations.

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Musgrove, who hasn’t featured in the NRL this season, will face court next week on three separate charges, and has been handed withΒ apprehended violence order by his former partner.

The Rabbitohs released a statement on their website surrounding this incident.

1. Following the incident, police charges of common assault, common assault domestic violence related, and intentionally or recklessly destroy/damage property were laid.

2. The Rabbitohs were made aware of the incident and immediately informed the NRL’s Integrity Unit.

3. Musgrove was immediately stood down from playing duties but has since been reinstated following his plea of not guilty to the charges when facing court on 11 July 2018. This course of conduct was supported and endorsed by the NRL’s Integrity Unit.

4. Musgrove is scheduled to again appear in court on 19 September 2018.

5. The South Sydney Football Club takes allegations of domestic violence very seriously and will take decisive action should the charges be proven. The Rabbitohs will be making no further comment on this issue until after the court proceedings.

37 COMMENTS

  1. Guilty and Guilty. Now NRL Integrity Unit please get to the bottom of this scandal as soon as time permits. We don’t want a repeat of 2014 when Souths were awarded a premiership with a player who was not entitled to be on the field due to violence towards woman. As for Sam Burgess with his disrespectful filthy mates on his phone. A suspension after tonight’s game is appropriate weather they win tonight or not. Starting immediately after tonight’s game. Kojack or Columbo would solve the crime within an hour’s episode. Surley the NRL Integrity Unit should solve this with all the evidence available by tonight. πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ

  2. Sam Burgess needs to go, us Souths fans would prefer if players who behave in this appalling manner towards woman, are left to to stay in the club, then to be admired by the children and to be classified as role models for our children, it will damage the image of South Sydney Rabbitohs, and our youth. The other incident involving the woman basher, he should be sacked immediately. Enough is Enough.

    • Spot on RussCrower.
      This is the action of children, not million dollar players!
      The NRL has to sack these 2 clowns immediately.

  3. You are a tool . You have no idea what has happened, as I don’t either . If this BS beat up was on social media all the offended person has to do is block the person , not reply , not answer and so forth . It seems there was a couple of pictures, so if you are offended by the first , why look at more .You don’t even know if his phone was hacked by another team member . You are quick to point the finger for such a loyal fan . The media need to look at themselves but public as a whole . If you are offended by something by something as a couple of pictures, get over it and move on

    • A soufths fan in denial of evidence and texting evidence to Sam Burgess account, you need to pull ya head out of the sand and smell the roses. fools like yourself say it is ok for a few people to attack your daughter. this lady is offended by these footballers and she has people who love her, all you love is your football team. your a grub who needs to find the meaning of lifeπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±

    • Of coarse I am a loyal Souths person and I’m ecstatic we won tonight and now take on easts, I read the accusations on here that describes me as a South Sydney ring in fan. But I do not have to defend myself over such idiocy. However the facts are all over the news, papers and media sites like this one that Burgess is the person involved, with some other team mates. I understand your passion to defend Souths players and wait for the findings of the Integrity Unit. The evidence is overwhelming and Big Sam has not come out and denied anything. He has had ample opportunity to deny these events, yet has not. The only tool here that has been talked about is Sam Burgess PHOTO. The lady was sent a photo by professional footballers and the photo in her opinion was inappropriate. Being sent another, only would inspire her to tell their superiors who employ them, to seek some answers. You my delusional respondent are of a closed mind. Perhaps if this happened to one of your female family members, you may deny it occurred or perhaps if you had backbone you too would put in a protest like this woman has.

      • You call people delusional and idiots but you are the fool that said you are best mates with russel Crowe hahaha you are a joke

        • Redv90 you are extremely delusional, you with your child like manner, have been claiming all season that Saints, would win this premiership. We were to powerful for your armature team last night. Go away and take out your frustrations else where. But during the off season just remember this. South Sydney 13 Saints 12.

        • Hahahahaha when did I say dragon were going to win? Everyone knows your are woochoock, how lonely you must be to pose as a rabbits fan.

        • Your a nutter redv909, Im WoodChook and by the way mate. I said at the halfway mark you would be in trouble. Rememeber and in fact you were bragging to me how good Saint Illwarra were by beating the Sydney Roosters on Anzac day and how you blokes are going to win the comp🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 but I reminded you that we would thrash you wannabees next time we meet. and we did. Why on earth would you think Im Russell Crower. Stay off the booze mate or you will kill your last few brain cells.πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ’‹

      • Tinder is for people wanting a specific desire . So this girl who is searching tinder for the purpose we all know it’s for , gets in touch with Sam about his profile pic being used on that site. Hold on I’m 50 odd and putting 2 and 2 together here . So people on tinder have never sent similar pictures to each other bahaha. That is it’s purpose !!!! If it was Sam and sorry but I don’t know what his private parts look like . He may have some explaining to his wife but it is no business of mine , yours , joe public or some trashy journalists from the Telegraph. It was a private message not a public forum . After a massive win against the Warriors and more than likely a few beers under his belly this may have got a little messy but I’ve woken up with the horrors, thinking β€œ why the did I do that β€œ. If the girl was offended turn the phone off , block her he caller and don’t look at any pictures after the first one if your so offended. This is media beat up BS . In saying this , you are total tool.

        • Wait on George Burgess should be banned from being he game as a few years back he sent a picture to his ex while they were together. After they broke up I’m was plastered all over the internet . You should never have sent that private picture George. SHAME SHAME SHAME

        • You have no idea about the facts jtray67, it is a video conversation that Burgess instigated not a photo sent to her. You really are a TOOL. Here are some facts that you conveniently left out of your garbage Tool like statement.

          Burgess refused to elaborate on the circumstances involving the video and the subsequent investigation when contacted by the publication for comment yesterday.
          Burgess, whose wife is pregnant with the couple’s second child, began communicating with the female after she sent the Souths star a message on Instagram, to warn him about a fake profile set up in his name on the dating app Tinder.
          The star allegedly responded by asking if the woman swiped right and then suggested she have a video chat with him and β€œthe boys”.
          The woman then claims she received several video calls from Burgess’ personal Facebook account.

          Just except the facts presented and please refrain from imagining facts that did not occur. TOOL.

      • Exactly knob , did you swipe right . She was on tinder but is offend by pics that are sent and of that material all the time on that site but she is offended. Flop

      • β€œ of coarse β€œ , you exude intelligence bahaha. Here I am thinking all along Tinder was a hook up site . β€œ of coarse β€œ there is on the odd occasion after swiping right , being sent a private pic , hooking up and having sex they live happily ever after. . Excuse my ignorance, this woman was β€œ of coarse β€œ innocently looking on Tinder for her happy ever after .

        • What do you say now jtraynor67, redv90 and every other person defending Sam Burgess. His wife is at home carrying a baby for him and he wants to flash on in video. jtraynor get it out of your head that it is a photo, it is a VIDEO, the photo is a screen shot of the paused video,

          Now lets get to the facts. On tonight Nine News, Sam’s brother has spoken on behalf of him ADMITTING HE HAS MADE THE BIG MISTAKE. So all the garbage you have been expressing of his innocence proves, you and all those who stood by this perpetrator of FILTH, are wrong

          Now the NRL need to be consistent and suspend this role model, as they did with Mitch Pearce a few years ago for at least half a season. Starting from this week.

          As for your stupidly false opinions jtraynor67. Please stop embarrassing yourself and do the research first, before you jump into false accusations towards innocent people.

        • Everyone report all of this idiots comments, so he gets banned like his other account woodchoock. This fool is delusional.

        • Listen Redv90 is there something wrong with your brain mate❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓what drugs are you on❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓. Ive heard of being disapointed after a loss but to start turning on people and claim Im involved proves to everybody that you need help. Get over your team of chokers and move on but don’t drag me into your world of madness.πŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œer

  4. She was a stranger to Sam. She uninvitedly initiated contact with Sam’s account to “try tell him someone was using his image on tinder”.
    No one does that!!!
    She told Sam’s account that she swiped right on tinder.
    Her motive from the start was to flirt.
    Having said that, whichever rabbitho that was using Sam’s account was way out of line and must be beyond dumb to let himself be exposed like that.
    Most nrl players have enormous respect for women.
    What these guys have done is tarnished everyone’s reputation.

  5. Those same fans will be waiting with interest to see what sanctions will be handed down to Burgess and his cohorts.

    The Rabbitohs will fine Burgess heavily but there is no talk of a Mitchell Pearce-style suspension.

    Double standards?

    You be the judge.

    • You idiot, Pearce was at somebody’s house making a fool of himself, this is just some attention seeking sloot if she was so offended why didn’t she hang up?

      • Pearce was in a private dwelling away from the public recorded on a third parties mobile. Burgess and his mates were in a private place recorded on a phone that the offenders sent. They are more guilty than Pearce ever was as he was not aware of a phone recording, Redv90, there is only one idiot here, Kelby is correct. Mr Greenberg needs to be consistent and if not, why not?

        • @ RussCrower

          “They are more guilty than Pearce ever was as he was not aware of a phone recording”

          So the degree of the crime is made worse if the perpetrator is aware it’s being recorded? Sorry, but THAT does NOT have a bearing on the degree of guilt or the grading of the offence, it only proves that those involved are complete morons to commit an offence when they are aware it is being recorded as proof of their guilt is now undeniable.

          I can’t help but notice that you and Kelpie keep supporting each others ill-conceived, unsubstantiated arguments. A cynic would call that suspicious as would someone with enough grey matter to hazard an educated guess that there was a definite connection between the two of you.

        • Pearce was asked to leave multiple times but he refused to go, this stupid sloot could have just hung up and not answered.

          Im not surprised you’re sticking up for kelby tho, because you are both roosters supporters

        • What are you talking about redv90❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓

        • SSTID1970 Pearce was in a drunken stupa and could not even remember what he did in a Blackout but as drunk as he was he never pulled his shorts down and flashed his manhood and he never recorded it and sent his dumb act to anyone. Some other clown did that to make a quick buck. Burgess did self record and sent it to a woman who was not prepared to view what he forced on her. Typical Souths scum supporters who make up excuses so a cheating husband pom can try and win his team a comp at any expense. Your morals in defending this bloke are worse than his.

        • Oh Woody Woodpecker, there you go banging away again and taking pot shots in the dark in the hope of hitting something. Glass houses Woody, careful now… Mitchell Pearce, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Blake Ferguson, Paul Carter. How many more besides has the Teflon Don paid to keep out of the headlines?

          Don’t tell lies now Pinocchio, you know that the Roosters are the best in the business at keeping their dirty business out of the papers and the light of day.

          So in your book a person who defends someone who has committed a misdemeanour is worse and on shakier moral ground than the person that actually committed said misdemeanour? I can only hope you aren’t a magistrate Woody or heaven help the rest of us!

    • His brother has admitted that Sam was the person involved, saying “he made a mistake” This is 10 times worse than what Mitch Pearce did in a private house with no intention for it ever to go viral through the media. Burgess has made a decision to put this all over the internet of his own accord. Sam Burgess has put himself into the class of Joel Monaghan and The “Bubbler”- who were both banished to England. If the NRL do not hand down a lengthy suspension immediately, starting from this week, Then they have a case to answer to. The NRL can start by canceling their woman’s League Competition and stop promoting women in League if they condone this type of demoralizing behavior for our children to follow, sending a message to our youth that men can treat woman like this. NRL we want action, NOW!!!!!!!!!!

    • From memory Mtichel Pearce also made derogatory comments (bordering on racism) towards Redfern.. that would have had a significant effect in their decision.

  6. Talking about dirty soufths players in their spare time, what the hell has Inglis been on ????? every tackle last night I thought I saw Justin Hodges and his dirty tactics making a comeback. Crusher tackles, getting up to play the ball pushing markers and hanging on, landing heaveley on tackled players after he already made the tackle then lifts them up and lands on them again , dragging tackle players around on the ground when the tackle was already complete. He has completely turned into a real grub.πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±πŸ‘ŽπŸŽ±

  7. Oh I forgot this, he also is a Hohges replica when he plays the ball grabs and man handles markers pushes them back or hangs onto them after he has played the ball and most of all he resents every tackle and carries on like an angry little spoiled kid. NRL give this bloke a warning please we want to watch footy not the angry Ingllis show.

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