Sam Burgess’ ex-wife has broken her silence after the former rugby league star was confronted by police and threatened with arrest after a visit to the parents of his ex-wife’s home didn’t go well.
The former South Sydney Rabbitohs and Bradford Bulls star had been trying to see his children for the first time since Christmas, with his car loaded up with presents for daughter Poppy and son Billy.
The current Orara Valley Axemen coach arrived at former spouse Phoebe Burgess’s parents’ front gate in Bowral at the weekend, but was refused entry according to the Daily Mail.
But why he was refused entry remained a secret – until now. Burgess had not provided hair follicle drug test results before picking up his children, which has been deemed necessary to provide after he was caught by police with cocaine in his system during a roadside test last year.
Burgess was warned by officers that if he didn’t leave he would be arrested following a ten-minute encounter and the 33-year-old duly left the property without incident.
And, Phoebe has since spoken out with a simple statement on her Instagram profile: “Tough day, yesterday. Find comfort in keeping busy in the rose garden,” she captioned the post.
It’s unknown why Sam was turned away without being allowed to give his children their presents, but it’s the latest incident in a string of public spats between the two.
He had previously been accused of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse during the couple’s marriage and was then subjected to a year-long investigation, but was cleared by police.
Those allegations, however, had cost the Englishman his backroom staff job at the Rabbitohs.
Burgess was also able to overturn a conviction for intimidating Phoebe’s father Mitchell Hooke, though he did admit to using drugs and underwent a rehabilitation program.
Sam was then seen taking part on SAS Australia where he became the only contestant to win the final challenge and he has since been linked with an England coaching role alongside Shaun Wane.