Former NRL star Sam Burgess has refuted allegations he drove with a suspended license with cocaine in his system.
The 34-year-old was arrested after a roadside drug test in Kingsford on Thursday morning.
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Police told 7NEWS he was taken to Maroubra Police Station for further tests, the results of which will determine whether charges will be filed.
“The investigation is ongoing and police will await the result of a secondary oral fluid analysis,” the police said in a statement.
Burgess was also reportedly driving on Thursday with a suspended driver’s license.
He received a court summons in February on the latter allegation.
In a statement to Instagram, Burgess denied the allegations.
“After my release from the police station, I immediately and voluntarily went to an independent, internationally accredited testing facility and had to undergo a urine test. The urine sample came back negative for all illegal drugs,” he said.
“I deny any suggestion that I have drugs in my system. I have not used, acquired or possessed any illegal drugs.”
He also claimed his license was returned after a 10-month ban.
Burgess played 182 games for the Rabbitohs between 2010 and 2019, winning the Clive Churchill medal for Man of the Match in the club’s 2014 Grand Finals win that broke the drought.
In March, the NRL fined Burgess $30,000 for using illegal drugs and threatening another player in 2018 and driving with traces of cocaine in his system in February 2021 while playing with the Rabbitohs in an off-field -Roll worked.
For the latter incident, Burgess avoided conviction but was placed on a nine-month commitment of good behavior.
The NRL also suspended him from official duties at South Sydney for 12 weeks and further sanctions could hurt his hopes of launching a professional coaching career.
Burgess coached NSW North Coast Bush Footy Side Orara Valley Axemen that year and was previously linked to a position on Wayne Bennett’s coaching staff at the Dolphins.
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