Former Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is reportedly a significant step closer to tracking down the source behind the trolling storm that shocked the NRL this season.
On Monday evening, it emerged that the investigation has reportedly moved into a potential contact by the NSWRL employee, with a report alleging the investigation is getting closer to the potential source.
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Prior to leaving the Broncos, 46-year-old Seibold was exposed to violent rumors generated and spread by internet trolls on social media websites during his final months at the club.
Seibold was forced to contact the police and hire cybercrime investigators in hopes of uncovering the culprits who invented the “disgusting” rumors.
The NRL Health Unit is also reportedly monitoring the situation.
Seibold and Channel 9 star Erin Molan were two of the names mentioned in a 60-minute story on Channel 9 that talked about the effects trolling had on themselves and loved ones.
“It hurt me. It was hurtful to others. It hurt people around me, ”said Seibold.
“It’s been pretty difficult, especially in the last few months. In a way, it’s like the Wild West out there.
“My situation went viral on social media … my reputation has been ruined in many ways.”
Now Channel 9 journalist Danny Weidler has shared interesting details about the identity who is believed to be the “key person” in the investigation.
He said the investigation was being continued by the NSWRL employee reported as involved.
“I know the person’s name. Phil Gould, Paul Gallen, greats of the blues, would never have heard of this person, ”Weidler told Nines 100% Footy on Monday evening.
“I would say he’s a fringe at NSWRL, but he does play a role there. I don’t know if his name will come out or not, but I don’t think he’s the person who started this rumor.
“I think the investigators who saw this man and spoke to this man are interested in someone who is on the contact list on his phone. I don’t know how you will come to this person. But that person is the key, not the NSWRL person. ”
It comes as The Australian On Monday it became known that the investigation had identified more known people and given the names to Seibold.
Seibold confirmed in the 60-minute story that it was “someone who makes a living from our game” with the report that it was “an employee of the New South Wales Rugby League”.
However, David Trodden, CEO of NSWRL, said the allegations were first heard during the interview broadcast on Sunday evening.
The statement said the organization was “disappointed that the allegations were broadcast without anyone from the NRL Integrity Unit, NSW Police, Sixty Minutes or Seibold contacting NSWRL to discuss the matter in advance.”
“I had the opportunity today to have a number of conversations with various representatives from the NRL and Anthony Seibold,” Trodden said in a statement.
“Although the various parties are unable to reveal the identity of the person concerned due to ongoing police investigations, I am confident that the person is not a full-time employee of NSWRL.
“Trolling is appalling … and action should be taken when properly proven. It should never be tolerated and we feel for Anthony Seibold and his family for what he went through.
“It is also very important for me as CEO of NSWRL to make it clear that none of our full-time employees are involved in the alleged behavior, and it is also important that our reputation is not unjustifiably tarnished.”
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