Just eight short years ago, Jarryd Hayne was playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. But on Monday he wasn't even allowed to watch his former team as they lost in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to the Daily Telegraph, prison authorities denied a request from Hayne to be allowed to watch the big game because he was working a job in jail instead. A Corrective Services NSW spokesperson told the publication: “On weekdays, inmates are required to participate in programs, training, education or work during the day. Inmates can watch network television when in their cells during lock-in on TVs or inmate tablets. Inmates will be expected to attend regular activities on Monday.”
Because the Super Bowl kicked off at 10.30am on Monday in Australia (AEDT), Hayne wasn't able to watch. He'll have to hope the Seven Network airs a replay later in the day if he wants to see his former team in action on the NFL's biggest stage.
Hayne is currently serving four years and nine months behind bars - with a non-parole period of three years - after being found guilty on two counts of sexual intercourse without consent over an incident at a woman's home near Newcastle on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final. The 35-year-old former NRL star was in town for a bucks' weekend and paid a taxi driver $550 to wait outside the house, which the woman shared with her mother, before he was driven to Sydney.
Charges came in November of 2018 after the rape allegations reached the NRL's integrity unit. The guilty verdict followed a hung jury in his first trial in 2020, and a previous appeal overturning the 2021 guilty verdict of a second trial that resulted in Hayne spending nine months in jail.
Hayne will be eligible for parole in May of 2025, but his lawyers have launched a fresh appeal and argue his convictions should be quashed and he should be freed before then. The appeal was flagged soon after the verdict and came before the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal last month.
Chiefs beat 49ers again in epic Super Bowl rematch
Monday's Super Bowl marked a rematch of the 2020 title clash when the 49ers took a 10-point lead into the final quarter, before the Chiefs roared back and scored 21 unanswered points for a 31-20 victory. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the MVP of that game, and produced another stellar effort as Kansas City became the first team since the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005 to claim back-to-back Lombardi Trophies.
"The 49ers have an offence that has a lot of talent, a lot of guys that can do a lot of things," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said before the game. "There are quite a few of the same guys (from 2020) and they played to a very high level then. They are even better now.
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"(Christian) McCaffrey would be new, he's a pretty big ingredient. The quarterback (Brock Purdy) is new and he's a heck of a football player. The rest of the surrounding cast is similar to what they had before."
On Sunday it was once again the 49ers who took a lead into half-time, with a touchdown from Christian McCaffrey giving them a 10-3 lead. The Chiefs were held scoreless until a field goal with 23 seconds remaining in the half, but Mahomes starred again as Kansas City won 25-22 in overtime.
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