Lauren, the wife of Castleford Tigers player Joe Westerman, has said she has not spoken to her husband since a video leaked purporting to show him engaging in a sexual act with another woman.
The video clip has gone viral on social media in recent days and shows a man, believed to be rugby star Joe Westerman, with a woman in an alleyway during a night out. Westerman’s wife, Lauren, took to Twitter to confirm that the woman in the video was not her.
The mom of three wrote: “Can I make this VERY clear that this is NOT me! We have three children, one of whom is almost 15 years old and doesn’t need to see things like this on social media!“
Castleford issued a statement on Monday, February 13, stating that Westerman had been fined and would have to perform community service..
Speaking to MailOnline, his wife said she wished the incident had “never happened”.
She said: “My poor children. I haven’t really talked to my husband. I’m seeing all the children.
“There’s nothing I want to say to be honest. I don’t think anything I say is going to help.”
Westerman, who used to play for Hull FC, apologized to friends and family, saying he needed to “work on my decision-making”.
In a public apology, he said: “First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly apologize to my family and friends for my actions.
“I would also like to apologize to Castleford Tigers supporters, sponsors, staff and directors, as well as my teammates. I would like to extend this apology to the game of rugby league, and I have realized that I need to work on my decision-making about alcohol.”
Initially, Castleford conducted an internal investigation into the video before releasing a statement announcing Westerman’s fine and community service.
The club’s statement ended: “Following an internal investigation, Castleford Tigers can confirm that Joe Westerman has been handed a substantial fine and will also be required to perform community service to educate young people about the effects of alcohol.”
“This will also involve Westerman educating people about the dangers of social media when it is in public view.”