The adage is innocent until proven guilty and rightfully so, as South Sydney CEO Shane Richardson and back-rower Ben Te’o have both released statements pertaining to an alleged assault against Te’o, after a woman made complaints that he was attacked by the Souths forward.
Te’o, whose statement puts forth the notion that he did nothing in which he is being alleged to have done, outlines that he informed police of the matter and the woman at the centre of the allegation, but he has not had any contact with the Police or the female.
“I am making this statement on the understanding that a television network intends to broadcast a story this evening which does not give a true account of the incident”, said T’eo.
“I have not provided a statement to this network in response to the story.
I understand that the news story contains a claim by a female that I was involved in an altercation with her at a house in Brisbane.
I have not been informed of the exact nature of the news story, however I am able to refute entirely any suggestion that I acted improperly.
On the night in question, I found myself in unfortunate circumstances that were not caused by me and I acted appropriately to deal with a difficult situation.
I called the police to report the incident and have the female removed from the house.
I have not pressed charges against the female and to the best of my knowledge no charges have been laid against me.
I donâ€™t wish to go into any further detail about this matter because I regard the incident as unfortunate and something I wish to leave behind me.
I have offered my co-operation to the Police, the NRL integrity unit, my Club and other authorities to ensure that this matter is dealt with in the appropriate way.
To this point I have not had any contact from the Police since their attendance at the house, and neither my management nor my Club have had any contact from the Police or the female at the centre of this news story.
Accordingly I have no further comment to make at this stage.”
The club also released a statement on the matter, and it read:
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been made aware of an alleged incident involving player Ben Teâ€™o in Brisbane last month.
The Rabbitohs are currently investigating the incident and are working closely with the NRL Integrity Unit on conducting a full and thorough investigation.
Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said: â€œBen informed us that an incident occurred last month in Brisbane, and he has been very up front and open with us in our discussions with him in recent weeks.
â€œWe are going through due process and we are currently undertaking a thorough investigation into what happened that night in conjunction with the NRL Integrity Unit.
â€œBen has indicated to us that he vehemently denies the allegations that are being levelled at him, and he is happy to co-operate with Police, the NRL, the Club, and other authorities to clear up this situation.
â€œI would like to point out that to this point in time neither Ben nor any member of the South Sydney Football Club has been contacted by the Police, the person making the allegations, a representative of the person making the allegations, nor any member of the public regarding the alleged incident.
â€œWe take situations like this very seriously, and our Club has an excellent track record in such matters.â€