Sam Burgess has opened up on the emotional toll his club’s sexting scandal has had on his wife and family.
The South Sydney superstar broke his silence on Tuesday, saying he hopes the NRL’s integrity unit will finalise its investigation within the next two days.
Burgess said he’s keen for the “truth to come out” about allegations lewd images were sent to a young woman from one of his social media accounts, after a match earlier this season.
“While the investigation is going on we’ve been told to publicly make no comment … I’m following the process,” Burgess said before Saturday’s preliminary final against the Sydney Roosters.
“I’m not going into the detail of anything.
“I’m happy for the truth to come out.
“That’s going to be my answer to the majority of your questions.
“Hopefully within 24 hours, 48 hours I think it should be resolved.”
Burgess thanked his friends and family for their recent support during a “tricky few days”.
“I’m not angry. What hurts me the most is seeing my wife upset about what’s out there,” he said.
“I’ve got a wife. I’ve got a daughter. My wife’s heavily pregnant. I just want them to be safe and happy. In my current situation at home there’s just no chance of that.
“It’s been a tough process to go through, (for) the family together, but fortunately I’ve got a strong wife.
“A wife who loves me. I’ve got great family, great friends, great support around me.
“You do feel it but I’ve had certain experiences in my life before, had serious emotions I’ve had to deal with, and football has always been great for me.”
The saga has overshadowed the Rabbitohs’ preparations for their grand final qualifier against their traditional rivals at Allianz Stadium.