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Sam Burgess pulled player’s hair because he blamed him for his Facebook lewd photo scandal

Sam Burgess pulled young player’s hair because ‘he blamed him for the Facebook lewd photo scandal’ that hit the South Sydney star before ‘split’ from wife Phoebe

  • Sam Burgess allegedly pulled Billy Smith’s hair in response to his photo scandal
  • The woman involved in the lewd photo incident is one of Smith’s close friends 
  • Smith was cleared of involvement, and Burgess also cleared of wrongdoing
  • It was reported that Burgess was keen to get one back on the rookie player 
  • The scandal took a toll on Burgess, leading to a temporary split from wife Phoebe

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess allegedly pulled a young player’s hair in retaliation for his Facebook lewd photo scandal that temporarily split up his marriage. 

Burgess copped a one-match ban after pulling Sydney Rooster’s debutant Billy Smith’s hair in the Rabbitohs’ 16-10 win last week but the incident may have ties to Burgess’ social media scandal from May last year.

 The England international found himself in media storm when it was revealed his official Facebook account was used to solicit a nude video chat with a 23-year-old woman. 

Sam Burgess (pictured right) was suspended for one week after pulling Billy Smith’s hair (pictured left)

It has been alleged that Burgess pulled Smith's hair (pictured)  in retaliation for his lewd photo scandal from last year

It has been alleged that Burgess pulled Smith’s hair (pictured)  in retaliation for his lewd photo scandal from last year

 Explicit images showing a man exposing their torso and genitals and another with his pants down and baring his behind were sent from the account. 

 The Daily Telegraph reported that the 23-year-old woman at the centre of the complaint was one of Smith’s close friends and that Burgess was keen to get one back on the rookie player during the game. 

The scandal took a toll on Burgess home life, leading to a split with his wife Phoebe, just three weeks after giving birth to their second child, Billy Mark.

Smith was interviewed by the NRL integrity unit in 2018 and denied any involvement in the sexting incident.

Burgess was also later cleared of any wrongdoing in September last year.

Burgess split with wife Phoebe (both pictured) before reconciling in February this year

Burgess split with wife Phoebe (both pictured) before reconciling in February this year 

The couple reconciled in February, with Phoebe telling Stellar magazine that details surrounding their ‘split’ and reconciliation ‘will always and forever just be between Sam and I.’

Burgess was sorely missed by the Rabbitohs in the first week of the finals, who were outplayed by the Sydney Roosters, losing 30-6.

The Rabbitohs will play the Manly Sea Eagles in the semi-finals next week. 

Phoebe said that details surrounding the couple's (pictured) 'split' and reconciliation 'will always and forever just be between Sam and I'

Phoebe said that details surrounding the couple’s (pictured) ‘split’ and reconciliation ‘will always and forever just be between Sam and I’

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