Double agent: Bizarre twist in rugby blackmail probe
A rugby league player manager is now at the centre of a police investigation in a bizarre twist to the alleged blackmail of Rabbitohs star Cody Walker.
The alleged standover occurred on Saturday when someone allegedly phoned Walker's agent Matt Rose demanding $20,000 to stop the release of a video which showed Walker kicking someone during a brawl in the middle of a road at Casino last year.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the caller left what detectives believe could be a vital clue - a phone number.
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Mr Rose gave the number to South Sydney Police detectives, who have used it to link the investigation to another player manager. That agent is now a subject of the investigation.
Walker, 30, gave a statement to detectives on Sunday regarding the alleged threat and detectives began looking into it.
The video emerged on social media on Monday and detectives from Richmond Police District are now investigating the incident in the footage - involving a number of young men - for potential affray.
Walker is in danger of being sidelined for next week's NRL return, as he sweats on a potential sanction by the game's bosses.
"Whatever decision the game, the club, anyone come up with, that is what is going to happen," Walker told Channel 9 on Monday night.
"I will not be appealing. I am very, very sorry."
Walker said his actions came after an emotional night of drinking following a family funeral when he saw one of his cousins involved in the street fight.
"I was trying to protect a family member after the loss of one of my first cousins who we lost through suicide," Walker said.
"She was 24 years of age and we were grieving her.
"Seeing her brother who is my first cousin, seeing him fight, the first thing that popped into my head was I just need to stop it."
Walker said he told Souths about the incident around the time it occurred but said he had "no recollection" that it was on video.
Originally published as Double agent: Bizarre twist in Walker blackmail probe