Tom Burgess has vowed to stand behind his warring footy star brother Sam who reportedly tested positive for cocaine while on the way to pick up his two kids.
Tom broke the Burgess family’s silence about Sam’s woes off the pitch, saying he will continue to support his older sibling regardless of his actions, and he was firmly convinced that his NRL club South Sydney Rabbitohs would do the same.
‘I always support, he’s my brother no matter what – and I’m sure the club will too,’ said Tom Nine news
Sam stepped down as the Rabbitohs coaching assistant after being accused of intimidating his former father-in-law in 2019, but Tom said his brother is always welcome to help out at the club.
‘I think he just brings mentality is good, resilience, things like that. He’s a great footy ghost too. He watches footy a lot, he’s always had such a coaching brain, ‘said Tom.
Tom Burgess says he will always support his brother Sam (pictured together) ‘no matter what’
NRL star Sam Burgess was arrested after failing a roadside drug test. He was on his way to pick up his kids Poppy, four, and Billy, two
The interview was recorded before the latest allegations against Sam were revealed on Monday, but Tom was reportedly pleased that it was still on air.
Sam’s white BMW X5 was stopped by police at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Braemar, Southern Highlands, near his ex-wife Phoebe’s family home in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Police will allege that Sam, 32, returned a positive roadside drug test for cocaine, drove an unregistered car and never held a New South Wales driver’s license.
The former NRL star’s Instagram page has now locked down comments, after a troll called him a ‘loser’ and sarcastically said he was ‘a great role model for kids’. Another called him a “shower bag.”
The incident is the latest controversy for Sam, who was found guilty of intimidating his former father-in-law outside the Hooke family’s home just three weeks ago.
When the retired footballer and TV star was detained on Monday, he was unaware that his BMW’s registration had been suspended after failing to pay parking and traffic fines, a source close to Sam told Daily Mail Australia.
Sam is believed to have celebrated his older brother Luke’s 34th birthday at Coogee’s new beachside restaurant Marrah on Saturday night, before playing golf early on Sunday morning – just before 7am.
The children were originally supposed to be dropped off at Sam’s shared rental home 15 minutes outside Bowral on Monday morning.
Sam Burgess (photo) reportedly tested positive for cocaine in a roadside test after being stopped by police on Monday
Sam was found guilty of intimidating his former father-in-law in a heated clash outside his ex-wife’s home just three weeks ago, which led to his being cheated on social media
Burgess (pictured) was tricked in his most recent Instagram post to promote his clothing brand
Other commentators defended the former South Sydney star, but Burgess switched off comments to avoid any more trolls
When Sam was unable to meet that agreement because other tenants were using the property, a new plan was made to pick up the kids at 2pm from the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens.
Obviously, Sam would rather pick up and drop off his children Poppy, four, and Billy, two, in a private location than in a public space, such as the Botanical Gardens.
The source told Daily Mail Australia that Sam’s registration had been suspended due to $ 1,200 in parking and traffic fines, which he paid on the spot.
He did not have an NSW driver’s license because he had used his international license, the source said.
The England-born footballer had only become a permanent resident of Australia last year after previously being on a work visa.
The results of the drug test and a subsequent oral fluid test have been sent off for further analysis.
Tom Burgess (left) told Channel Nine’s Danny Weidler: ‘I always support, he’s my brother no matter what – and I’m sure the club will too’
Police will allege that Sam returned a positive roadside drug test for cocaine. He had celebrated the 34th birthday of his brother Luke (shown together) on Saturday night
Sam is expected to appear in Moss Vale court on May 4, where he will be charged with ‘driving a car, living for more than three months – not obtaining a permit’ and ‘using an unregistered vehicle,’ NSW police said Monday.
He was sentenced to a two-year community correction order in January and a two-year violent order for the heated clash in front of the Hooke family’s home following his messy breakup with Phoebe.
The two-year community correction requires him to be well behaved and accept anger management support.
During the trial, Phoebe and her father Mitch Hooke admitted that they worked with a journalist they knew who wrote stories accusing Sam of drug use and domestic violence.
Sam, pictured with ex-wife Phoebe in happier times, was sentenced just three weeks ago to a two-year correctional order in the community and a two-year order of violence in connection with a separate case.
In happier times: Sam’s ex-wife Phoebe and his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke are no longer on good terms with the former NRL star. The three are shown together
The star said he was ‘confused by the decision’ and would ‘appeal’ out of court.
His lawyer Bryan Wrench added: ‘He is innocent, we will do whatever we need to. He hasn’t done anything wrong. ‘
Sam married Phoebe at her parents’ home in December 2015 and they have two children, four-year-old Poppy and Billy, who turned two in December.
The couple broke up in late 2018 before reviving their relationship by April 2019. On October 2 of that year, they separated for good and have since been divorced.