NRL hit by group sex scandal, Bodene Thompson the focal point

By @saihoops on
National Rugby League (NRL)
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The National Rugby League (NRL) has been rocked by allegations of a sordid culture of group sex after Belinda Medlyn, a penthouse model, claimed that she consented to relations with Bodene Thompson and his teammates. Thompson, who plays for the New Zealand Warriors, is reportedly seeking legal counsel.

Medlyn and Thompson have a 15-month-old son named Hendrix, who was conceived in 2015. Medlyn told The Daily Telegraph that the rugby league star has been late in making child support payments. The Sydney penthouse model also revealed that Thompson "did not use a condom" despite her insistence. 

Although Thompson's lawyer believes his client "doesn't owe a cent" to Medlyn, the model is determined to get their child the needed support, besides exposing the NRL's subterranean culture. In a shocking revelation, Medlyn said the NRL has "a pack mentality" culture that lets players get away with anything. 

NRL hit with fresh controversy

Mel McLaughlin, a renowned sportscaster for Channel 7, believes the latest controversy could turn ugly for the NRL. “I don’t think you can have a crack at the governing body, the NRL, per se anymore. I think they do a lot. It has been an ongoing problem. It’s something for me I saw in school. The attitude, the untouchable attitude. But it’s a two-way street. This is messy. It’s a messy story, the whole thing.

“But I think the pack mentality isn’t great. It’s certainly not all players. All men do not feel that way about women, but we saw that’s a two-way street. It’s an ugly thing if you’re the NRL. You’d go, ‘What more can we do? We educate. They’re not children’. We have to educate them to respect them. How hard is it just to respect women? Don’t see them as objects, but the girls as well, and it’s not all girls, but let’s say these girls are actively involved in the texting and maybe enjoying it, you have to be accountable as well," McLaughlin said.

The NRL will continue to investigate Medlyn's allegations. According to several reports, the league has yet to find evidence that has "brought the game into disrepute." The New Zealand Warriors subsequently released a statement to declare that the club does not intend to take any action against Bodene Thompson since it is “a personal matter” involving two ex-partners.

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