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Rugby league star Wendell Sailor was on live TV when his son was arrested for alleged sexual assault

How rugby league legend Wendell Sailor was live on The Today Show in Sydney where a BBQ was held at the EXACT moment his son, 22, was arrested for ‘sexually assaulting a young woman’

  • Wendell Sailor was on live TV at the time his son was arrested at home
  • The rugby league star was on The Today Show in Sydney Saturday morning
  • While the segment took to the air, New South Wales police searched his home
  • The star’s 22-year-old son Tristan was arrested and has since been charged
  • He is charged with aggravated assault on a 24-year-old woman in Sydney

Police stormed a rugby league star’s home to arrest his son while he was on live television to promote a barbecue.

Wendell Sailor was on The Today Show on Channel Nine in Sydney CBD on Saturday morning when a search warrant was carried out at his family’s home, where his son, a sports star, also lives.

He was spearheading the initiative of a mental health veteran just as his son was arrested at their family home in Wollongong, NSW Illawarra.

At around 7:40 a.m., agents knocked on the door and soon took his NRL player Tristan Tailor, 22, into custody.

There is no indication that his father, Mr. Sailor, was in any way involved in the family home search or alleged crime.

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Tristan Sailor (pictured) was charged Saturday after an alleged sexual assault complaint. He has followed in his father's footsteps and recently played for the Illawarra Dragons

Tristan Sailor (pictured) was charged Saturday after an alleged sexual assault complaint. He has followed in his father’s footsteps and recently played for the Illawarra Dragons

The 22-year-old was led away when his famous father Wendell Sailor promoted a barbecue 300 meters above the Sydney skyline (photo)

The 22-year-old was led away when his famous father Wendell Sailor promoted a barbecue 300 meters above the Sydney skyline (photo)

The 22-year-old was led away when his famous father Wendell Sailor promoted a barbecue 300 meters above the Sydney skyline (photo)

Tristan was later charged with assaulting a 24-year-old woman in south Sydney last weekend.

While the 22-year-old was being led away and police executed a search warrant, his famous father found himself 300 meters above the Sydney skyline during the live broadcast.

He was on the show to launch the Barbecue to Remember and urged Australians to have a BBQ on Remembrance Day and raise money for veterans.

“I let the Webber heat up. Once it warms up, it will be great, ‘he said.

Half an hour later, he was back on camera cooking sausages, apparently unaware that a number of police officers were at his door.

‘I think family and friends, it’s easy to go around a barbecue, have a drink, have a chat and be there for each other. 2020 has not been a great year, but we also need to be there for everyone, in this country, ” he said.

Rugby league icon Wendell Sailor (pictured, left) with his son Tristan who was charged with aggravated assault - bodily harm to the victim

Rugby league icon Wendell Sailor (pictured, left) with his son Tristan who was charged with aggravated assault - bodily harm to the victim

Rugby league icon Wendell Sailor (pictured, left) with his son Tristan who was charged with aggravated assault – bodily harm to the victim

NSW police took the rugby league star’s son into custody just after 7:40 a.m. on Saturday.

They confiscated a number of items from Wollongong’s home after investigating an alleged sexual assault.

The probe was launched after a woman reported an alleged incident on Oct. 3 earlier this week.

“Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted the woman she sustained in a house in south Sydney last Saturday,” NSW police said in a statement.

The NRL Integrity Unit was notified of Sailor’s arrest and also knew that an investigation into the matter had been launched.

The emerging footy talent is looking for new opportunities in the NRL or overseas after being recently released by the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Despite a promising debut against the Roosters last season, Sailor entered first class only five times in two years with the Red V.

He was told he was free to explore his options for 2021 by up-and-coming coach Anthony Griffin.

The 22-year-old was denied bail and will appear in Wollongong court on Sunday.

The investigation is continuing.

Sailor (pictured) was denied bail and will appear in Wollongong District Court on Oct. 11

Sailor (pictured) was denied bail and will appear in Wollongong District Court on Oct. 11

Sailor (pictured) was denied bail and will appear in Wollongong District Court on Oct. 11

Tristan Sailor (pictured) made his NRL debut for the Dragons last season, scoring a try

Tristan Sailor (pictured) made his NRL debut for the Dragons last season, scoring a try

Tristan Sailor (pictured) made his NRL debut for the Dragons last season, scoring a try

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