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Slammin' Sam takes Venice Beach by storm
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Slammin' Sam takes Venice Beach by storm

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It’s the South Sydney USA controversy that slipped under the radar.
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One player never wanted it to see the light of day, but now, thanks to some of his teammates, it’s out.

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En route to their now infamous off-season trip to Arizona which resulted in John Sutton and Luke Burgess’ indiscretion at a nightclub, the reigning premiers had a brief stopover in Los Angeles.

Some of the squad headed to the beach.

“It was at Muscle Beach in LA and we went down there to play some basketball before heading to Arizona,” says Joel Reddy.

“It was pretty much just some pick-up stuff…”

“Shirts optional,” chimes in Dylan Walker before Bryson Goodwin picks up the story.

“Big Sam Menuleleua, one of our younger blokes, got into a game of one-on-one with one of the locals.

“I don’t know if he was all there this guy...”

“He was off his head,” Reddy says.

“Anyway big Sam attempted to dunk on him and this guy turns round and just blew up. He starts yelling and screaming, saying ‘don’t you ever dunk on me again!’”

Funny story, but why the cover up?

We hunted down the softly spoken man-mountain Manuleleua to find out.

“We were just mucking around and this homeless man started calling us out, saying he was an NBA star or something like that, so I gave him a chance,” says Manuleleua.

“I dunked on him and he just got angry and started swearing and saying ‘this is my home and my field and don’t every try that again.’”

So why the cover up?

“Yeah…well…I tried to dunk him, but, you know…I missed,” big Sam says sheepishly.

“Did you win at least?”


“Ah, nah, no one even scored…he just went crazy and that was kind of game over.”

The basketball-mad types at the Rabbitohs (we’re told Dave Tyrell is a gun and Dylan Walker can ball with the best of them) assure us Manuleleua’s failed dunk is the real cover-up from their US trip.

It’s almost bad enough to land him a spot in this…

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