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Johnathan Thurston’s wife Samantha weighs in on the Sam Burgess sexting scandal

She married her longtime partner, NRL star Johnathan Thurston, in 2015 and has been in the public eye for years.

And on Wednesday, Samantha Thurston weighed in on the Sam Burgess sexting scandal, giving her best advice to fellow pregnant WAG Phoebe Burgess on how to deal with it all. 

Talking to Daily Mail Australia at the Dally M awards in Sydney, Samantha said how ‘hard’ the situation must be for both Sam and Phoebe.  

‘They’re both public figures… it’s hard’: Johnathan Thurston’s wife Samantha (pictured) weighs in on the Sam Burgess sexting scandal and gives advice to pregnant WAG Phoebe

‘I think I would just switch off social media and not read any press,’ Samantha said. 

‘And I’d just be as supportive as I could be at home.’

‘They’re both public figures… it’s hard. But I’d try and block it out as much as possible,’ she added. 

Keeping quiet? South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam and wife Phoebe skipped the Dally M awards on Wednesday, after the 29-year-old English sports star was cleared of any wrongdoing in the NRL sexting scandal (pictured at the event last year)

Keeping quiet? South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam and wife Phoebe skipped the Dally M awards on Wednesday, after the 29-year-old English sports star was cleared of any wrongdoing in the NRL sexting scandal (pictured at the event last year)

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam and wife Phoebe skipped the Dally M awards on Wednesday, after the 29-year-old English sports star was cleared of any wrongdoing in the NRL sexting scandal.  

Rabbitohs officials cleared stars of any wrongdoing after a complaint was made by a woman alleging club players exposed themselves to her via Facebook in May.

Afterward, Sam took to Twitter to say that he was exploring legal avenues over the saga. 

‘I have not sexted anyone. I fully cooperated with the inquiry as I said I would. I have engaged lawyer Chris Murphy to pursue my remedies and he has retained defamation lawyers,’ he said.

Scandal: Rabbitohs officials cleared stars of any wrongdoing after a complaint was made by a woman alleging club players exposed themselves to her via Facebook in May

Scandal: Rabbitohs officials cleared stars of any wrongdoing after a complaint was made by a woman alleging club players exposed themselves to her via Facebook in May

‘I have given a full account to the Inquiry and answered every questioned asked. It’s now in Mr Murphy’s hands. The next move is up to him. I have nothing more to say at this stage.’

It was widely reported that Sam’s social media account was used to communicate with a 23-year-old woman following a win over the Warriors back in May.

Two players – not Sam Burgess – were believed to have exposed themselves to the woman, who then complained to the club via an anonymous email over a period of three months.

The woman, who was believed to be on holiday in South Africa, was this week interviewed by NRL integrity unit investigator Karyn Murphy but declined to be quizzed by a five-person panel. 

Hitting back: Afterward, Sam took to Twitter to say that he was exploring legal avenues over the saga

Hitting back: Afterward, Sam took to Twitter to say that he was exploring legal avenues over the saga

Making headlines: It was widely reported that Sam's social media account was used to communicate with a 23-year-old woman following a win over the Warriors back in May

Making headlines: It was widely reported that Sam’s social media account was used to communicate with a 23-year-old woman following a win over the Warriors back in May

‘Based on a thorough review of the available evidence before it, the panel was not satisfied that any South Sydney player engaged in any actionable misconduct resulting in a breach of their NRL playing contract, the NRL rules or the SSFC code of conduct,’ the club said in a statement on Friday.

A spokesman said that based on the information available, the NRL was satisfied with the position the panel has reached with respect to the allegations against players.

‘If any additional information emerges it will be considered,’ the spokesman said.

An emotional Sam fronted the media last week, where he thanked his wife and family for their support and said he was ‘happy for the truth to come out’.

Drama: An emotional Sam fronted the media last week, where he thanked his wife and family for their support and said he was 'happy for the truth to come out'

Drama: An emotional Sam fronted the media last week, where he thanked his wife and family for their support and said he was ‘happy for the truth to come out’

 

 

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