Tom Burgess has vowed to stand by his embattled footy star brother Sam who allegedly tested positive to cocaine while on the way to collect his two children.
Breaking the Burgess family silence over Sam’s off-field woes, Tom said he will continue to support his older sibling regardless of his actions and was adamant his NRL club South Sydney Rabbitohs would do the same.
‘I’m always supportive, he’s my brother, no matter what happens – and I’m sure the club will too,’ Tom told Nine News.
Sam was stood down as the Rabbitohs coaching assistant after being charged with intimidating his former father-in-law in 2019 but Tom said his brother is always welcome to assist at the club.
‘I think he just brings mentality, is a good one, resilience, that sort of thing. He’s a great footy mind as well. He watches a lot of footy, he’s always had that sort of coaching brain,’ Tom said.
Tom Burgess says he will always support his brother Sam (pictured together) ‘no matter what happens’
NRL star Sam Burgess was arrested after allegedly failing a roadside drug test. He was on the way to pick up his children Poppy, four, and Billy, two
The interview was recorded before the latest allegations against Sam were revealed on Monday but Tom reportedly was happy for it to still be broadcast.
Sam’s white BMW X5 was pulled over at 1.30pm on Monday by police at Braemar, in the Southern Highlands, near his ex-wife Phoebe’s family mansion in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Police will allege Sam, 32, returned a positive roadside drug test for cocaine, was driving an unregistered car, and has never held a New South Wales driver’s licence.
The former NRL star’s Instagram page now has comments locked, after a troll called him a ‘loser’ and sarcastically said he was ‘a great example to kids’. Another called him a ‘douche bag’.
The incident is the latest controversy for Sam, who just three weeks ago was found guilty of intimidating his former father-in-law outside the Hooke family home.
When the retired footballer and TV star was pulled over on Monday he was unaware the registration for his BMW had been suspended after he failed 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 enjoying a round of golf early on Sunday morning – teeing off just before 7am.
The children were originally to be dropped off at Sam’s shared rental property 15 minutes outside Bowral on Monday morning.
Sam Burgess (pictured) allegedly tested positive to cocaine in a roadside test after being pulled over by cops on Monday
Sam was just three weeks ago found guilty of intimidating his former father-in-law in a heated clash outside his ex-wife’s home – leading to him being trolled on social media
Burgess (pictured) was trolled in his most recent Instagram post promoting his clothing brand
Other commenters defended the former South Sydney star but Burgess turned comments off to avoid any more trolling
When Sam could not meet that arrangement because other tenants were using the premises a new plan was made for the children to be collected from Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens at 2pm.
It’s understood Sam usually prefers to pick up and drop off his children Poppy, four, and Billy, two, in a private location rather than somewhere public like the Botanic Gardens.
The source told Daily Mail Australia 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 a NSW driver’s licence because he had been using his international permit, the source claimed.
The English-born footballer had only become a permanent Australian resident last year after previously having been on a working visa.
The results of the drug test, and a subsequent oral fluid test, have been sent away for further analysis.
Speaking to Channel Nine’s Danny Weidler Tom Burgess (left) said: ‘I’m always supportive, he’s my brother, no matter what happens – and I’m sure the club will too’
Police will allege Sam returned a positive roadside drug test for cocaine. He had celebrated his brother Luke’s (pictured together) 34th birthday on Saturday night
Sam is expected to appear in Moss Vale Local court on May 4, facing charges of ‘drive vehicle, resident more than three months – not obtain a licence’ and ‘use unregistered vehicle’, NSW Police said on Monday.
He was sentenced in January to a two-year community corrections order and given a two-year apprehended violence order over the heated clash out the front of the Hooke family home in the aftermath of his messy break-up with Phoebe.
The two-year community correction requires him to be of good behaviour and accept anger management support.
During the court proceedings, Phoebe and her father Mitch Hooke admitted to cooperating 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 to a two-year community corrections order and a two-year apprehended violence order just three weeks ago in relation to a separate matter
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 pictured together
The star said he was ‘confused by the decision’ and ‘would be appealing’ outside of court.
His lawyer Bryan Wrench added: ‘He’s innocent, we will go all the way if necessary. He’s done nothing 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 separated in late 2018 before rekindling their relationship by April 2019. They split permanently on October 2 that year and have since divorced.