Retired NRL star Sam Burgess was seen on Tuesday leaving Southern Highlands court with noticeably graying hair.
The former South Sydney Rabbitohs player, 32, used to have dark brown hair, but appears to have turned gray in recent months.
A source close to the sportsman said Burgess was ‘amused’ to learn that some people were more focused on his silver locks than on his recent victory in court.
New look: Former NRL star Sam Burgess, 32, has admitted he is ‘aging like the rest of the population’ after having noticeably gray hair in recent lawsuit
‘Yes, I am getting older, just like the rest of the population. It’s just silly. Burgess told a friend of the speculation about his graying hair.
Burgess also maintained that he had never dyed his hair, which had gradually turned gray for years.
“Just a few more grays these days,” he said.
Some research shows that hair can lose pigment due to chronic or high stress levels.
However, most scientists believe that genetics and age are the most important factors in the development of gray hair prematurely.
Aging: A source close to Burgess said the former Rabbitohs star, 32, was ‘amused’ to learn that some people were more focused on his gray hair than on his recent victory in court. Pictured: Sam with dark brown hair on April 18, 2017
It comes after Burgess escaped conviction for driving cocaine in his system while on the way to pick up his two young children.
Burgess pleaded guilty to driving with traces of cocaine in his saliva on Tuesday afternoon.
Magistrate Mark Douglass said in Moss Vale court that Burgess had shown remorse, remorse and insight into his behavior.
Changes: He has some gray spots in June 2018
Brunette: Sam had completely dark locks without a trace of gray in 2015 (pictured)
Mr Douglass said Burgess had undergone a ‘very tough and rigorous’ four-week rehabilitation program following his insult. That program dealt specifically with drugs.
Attorney Bryan Wrench said his client had attended a residential program and returned clean drug tests since the violation.
Mr. Douglass placed Burgess on a nine-month parole order in connection with the drug issue and fined him $ 581 for each of two traffic violations.
Burgess also pleaded guilty to driving without an NSW driver’s license and driving while unregistered.
Result: It comes after Burgess escaped conviction for driving cocaine in his system while on the way to pick up his two young children. He was given a nine-month parole order in connection with the drug issue and fined $ 581 for each of the two traffic violations.
He was not charged with driving under the influence of cocaine, just for the minor offense of having the drug in his system while he was behind the wheel.
He was subjected to a random roadside drug test after being stopped by police officers from the highway in the southern highlands around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22.
Burgess was on his way to pick up daughter Poppy and son Billy in Bowral, about 5 miles away, when police pulled up his BMW X5 on the Hume Highway near Braemar.
Charges: Burgess was subjected to a random roadside drug test after being stopped by police officers from the Southern Highlands highway at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22. He was on his way to pick up four-year-old daughter Poppy and two children. -year-old son Billy from Bowral when police stopped his BMW X5 on the Hume Highway near Braemar
An introductory test detected signs of cocaine in his saliva and Burgess was taken to the Southern Highlands Police Station where a secondary oral liquid test was performed.
That test came back positive for cocaine.
Two nights earlier, he’d celebrated his older brother Luke’s 34th birthday in Sydney’s eastern suburbs at Marrah’s beachside restaurant in Coogee.
Burgess was arrested for more than three weeks after being found guilty of intimidating his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke in a violent clash at the Hooke family home near Bowral in October 2019. That conviction was subsequently overturned on appeal.
Burgess has no criminal record in Australia or the United Kingdom.
Test: Burgess was surprised by the initial positive test and was concerned about any suggestion that his driving might have been braked. He had celebrated his older brother Luke’s 34th birthday in Sydney’s eastern suburbs two nights earlier at Coogee beachside restaurant Marrah
Burgess and ex-wife and Phoebe Burgess broke up in October 2019, after four tumultuous years of marriage.
They had initially split up in December 2018 – shortly after the birth of their son, Billy – but reconciled in April, only to end it for good six months later.
Burgess films the second season of SAS Australia, Channel Seven’s top-rated TV series that puts contestants through a modified special forces selection regime.
Split: Burgess and ex-wife and Phoebe Burgess (right) split in October 2019, after four tumultuous years of marriage