George Burgess’ wife stands by St George NRL player after he is charged with sex crime


Standing by her man: George Burgess’ wife shares loved up selfies as footballer is charged with sexual touching – and gets viciously trolled

George Burgess’ wife has shared a selfie with the NRL star after charges Dragons prop has been charged with sexually touching woman without consent Joanna Burgess posted image from 2014 to her Instagram story on WednesdayThe post has since been targeted by angry fans calling Burgess ‘pommy trash’ 

George Burgess’ wife has defiantly shared a selfie with the NRL star despite him being charged with groping a woman in a bar.

The woman claimed to police last week that the St George Illawarra Dragons star touched her in Mascot, in Sydney’s south, earlier this month.

The Dragons forward and his lawyer volunteered to assist police in the investigation with the English-born front-rower attending the station on Monday afternoon.

His wife Joanna posted a picture to her Instagram story on Wednesday morning showing the shirtless front rower hugging her in a photo taken in 2014. 

Joanna Burgess posted a picture to her Instagram story showing the hulking front rower hugging her from behind in an image taken in 2014 – a message of support to Burgess

Burgess is married to former model Joanna King, with the couple sharing three children

Burgess is married to former model Joanna King, with the couple sharing three children

The original post has since been flooded with comments describing the 29-year-old as ‘Pommy trash’.

‘The Burgess brothers! Pommy trash. Whose the perfect family now,’ a woman commented on his wife’s social media account. 

King returned serve, telling the person who first posted the ‘Pommy trash’ remark, ‘Your spelling is far from perfect.

‘My page is no place for negativity. Please take it elsewhere.’ 

Burgess and his ex-model wife met in 2014 when he was playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

They were engaged two years later and have three children together.  

The original post has since been littered with comments from angry supporters, describing the 29-year-old as 'Pommy trash'

The original post has since been littered with comments from angry supporters, describing the 29-year-old as ‘Pommy trash’

Burgess met his former model wife (pictured) in 2014 and they were engaged two years later. They have since had three children together

Burgess met his former model wife (pictured) in 2014 and they were engaged two years later. They have since had three children together

Burgess was charged with sexual touching of a woman, which carries a sentence of five years – short of the 11-year threshold that triggers the NRL’s stand down rule.   

He is due to appear in Sydney’s Downing Centre on April 13. Details about the alleged assault have not been released.

The Dragons said it was alerted to the allegations by the NRL’s Integrity Unit.

The woman’s claims emerged just three days after Burgess played in St George’s 20-16 defeat to Penrith last Friday. 

Dragons coach Anthony Griffin confirmed Burgess would not be in the final match day 17 to face the Cronulla Sharks in Wollongong. 

The club earlier named him in the 24-man squad for the match, saying it had not yet received ‘the necessary and required information pertaining to the Burgess matter and therefore cannot come to a decision on the player’s availability’.

‘The Dragons will continue to work closely with all relevant parties, including the NRL integrity unit and police, to determine the next steps surrounding this matter,’ it said.

Burgess has been charged with sexual touching of a woman which carries a sentence of five years - short of the 11-year threshold that triggered the NRL's stand down rule

Burgess has been charged with sexual touching of a woman which carries a sentence of five years – short of the 11-year threshold that triggered the NRL’s stand down rule

NRL star George Burgess could be free to play in Thursday's round three derby against Cronulla - despite being charged over the alleged sexual touching of a woman (pictured, with his wife Joanna)

NRL star George Burgess could be free to play in Thursday’s round three derby against Cronulla – despite being charged over the alleged sexual touching of a woman (pictured, with his wife Joanna)

The NRL has discretionary power to suspend Burgess for much longer, and league chief executive Andrew Abdo is expected to make a ruling within the next 48 hours. 

‘Once we have reviewed all the facts we will make a decision on whether we will invoke the no-fault stand-down policy,’ he said at the NRL’s launch of multicultural round on Tuesday.

‘Before we pass judgment or even provide opinion on a matter like this, I think it is very important you understand exactly what has happened as much as you can.

‘Obviously this is a matter that has been charged by police and we need to review the charge sheet.

‘Typically what we do in criminal matters is allow natural justice and the criminal process to unfold.

‘Whether or not we invoke the no-fault stand down policy we will need to carefully consider.’

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