NRL star Cody Walker reveals why he was filmed as a kicking man breaking the silence over $ 20k blackmail
NRL star Cody Walker reveals why he smashed a street fighter with a flying kick while breaking his silence over $ 20k blackmail threat over combat footage
- NRL star Cody Walker went to the police claiming he was being blackmailed
- The NRL playmaker has now revealed why he was filmed kicking another man
- Said he was emotional and sad at the time of the incident
- “I tried to protect a family member after losing one of my first cousins”
South Sydney star Cody Walker says he was emotional and sad when he was filmed last year kicking a man in the chest during an altercation.
Shocking footage of a brawl with Walker sprung up hours after he claimed he was blackmailed into $ 20,000 for the clip, shot at the NSW City Casino.
In an interview with Channel Nine, Walker said he was going through an emotional period after his cousin’s suicide, and seeing her brother in a fight made him want to step in to protect him.
“I tried to protect a family member after losing one of my cousins who we had lost by suicide,” Walker said.
NRL star Cody Walker (pictured) revealed that he mourned the death of a close family member when he was filmed kicking another man in the chest during a street fight in 2019
“She was 24 years old and we mourned her. When I saw her brother, my cousin, and saw him fighting, the first thing that came to my mind was that I just had to stop it.
“It was a very emotional time for myself and the family that led that week and again it was not a true reflection of what my character and who I am as a person.”
The South Sydney playmaker went to the police over the weekend claiming he was asked to pay $ 20,000 to prevent the video from going public.
The incident took place last October in the hometown of Walker, the northern city of New South Wales, Casino.
Unable to use his arms due to a football-related shoulder injury, Walker rushes in to break the melee by kicking one of the men in the chest.
The man was sent across the road as he struggled to get up.
Spectators tried to defuse the situation to prevent Walker from taking further action.
Two men fought in the middle of the street (left) before a shirtless Cody Walker (photo) flew a man to the chest with a kick (right)
Then the man who was later kicked challenged the Origin star to a one-to-one melee.
“I want to fight you one-on-one, Cody,” the man was told in the footage.
On Sunday evening, the Rabbitohs acknowledged the incident with Walker in a statement saying the NRL integrity unit had been advised.
“The South Sydney Rabbitohs are aware of an incident involving player Cody Walker that occurred in northern New South Wales in October 2019,” the club statement said.
‘The NRL integrity unit has been informed.
Footage from the October incident came after NRL star Cody Walker (pictured with his fiancée Nellie Bell) claimed he was blackmailed over the weekend
NRL Integrity Unit investigates an off-field incident involving star Cody Walker (pictured in action for South Sydney in last year’s NRL preliminary final)
“There has never been a police investigation into Cody Walker regarding this incident.”
Walker’s manager, Matt Rose, confirmed that the shirtless man in the video was the eighth star and told Sydney Morning Herald he had spoken to the police.
The Rabbitohs said the investigation was initiated by Walker.
The club said it no longer wants to comment on the alleged incident.
Walker would meet the NRL integrity unit on Monday to discuss the incident.
He said he would not appeal the sentence imposed by the South Sydney NRL and Rabbitohs.
The playmaker Rabbitohs and NSW Blues (left) introduced his partner and the mother of his two children Nellie Bell (right) in December