England international rugby player Sam Burgess has said he is happy for investigators to “get to the truth” after being embroiled in a sexting scandal.
Australian rugby league authorities are investigating after an online account belonging to the South Sydney Rabbitohs captain was used by two players who allegedly indecently exposed themselves to a 23-year-old woman without her consent during a video chat in May.
Burgess, 29, a married father-of-one, told reporters in Sydney it had been “a tricky few days” but refused to elaborate on the investigation.
He said: “I’m happy for them to get to the truth, I really am. I’ve been told to publicly make no comment.”
Burgess, who started his career in rugby league, switched to union to play for England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup before returning to the 13-player code.
He said he hoped the investigation would be finalised this week, even in “24 to 48 hours”, with his heavily-pregnant wife struggling under the media glare.
“What hurts me the most is seeing my wife upset about what’s out there,” he said.
“It has been a tough process to go through. I’ve got a wife who loves me. I’ve got great family, I’ve got great friends. It has been a tricky few days,” he added.
Pheobe Burgess, who has reportedly left the city with the couple’s young daughter to escape the media attention, posted a picture on Instagram, seemingly taken by her husband, showing herself and their toddler with the caption: “Moments in the sun with our babies #27weeks.”
Burgess will lead the Rabbitohs against Sydney Roosters in this week’s National Rugby League grand final qualifier.
The case follows that of two Canterbury Bulldogs players charged with obscene exposure earlier this month after drunken end-of-season celebrations.