Former rugby league star Bryan Fletcher was “set up” in a Snapchat video that showed the driver of a car dangling a bag of white powder in his face, the 44-year-old’s manager has insisted.
Footage uploaded on Snapchat showed a man saying “look who I’m selling bags to” before he produces a bag of what appears to be drugs.
Fletcher quickly responded, saying: “Don’t say that. Nah, we’re not saying that. I’m just hanging out with a cab driver. I don’t know who this cab driver is.
“I got an Uber. I just got in an Uber.”
The video was later shared on a Facebook page and Steve Gillis, Fletcher’s manager, told The Daily Telegraph that they were considering taking the issue to the police.
“He was in a taxi heading home with his wife after a night out having dinner,” Gillis said.
“The driver asked him for a quick Snapchat video – he’s been set up.
“Fletch told me that he’s never met the bloke, he just jumped in the back of his cab and driver pulled this stunt – he’s clearly been set up.
“We’ve discussed reporting this matter to the police but we’re not sure where we can take it.
“The taxi driver has given zero thought to the consequences of his actions which is extremely disappointing.”
On Tuesday morning, 2GB radio host Ray Hadley said he had spoken privately with Fletcher, who insisted he was not buying drugs.
Hadley said that Fletcher told him: “I honestly thought I was getting into an Uber we ordered.
“The car didn’t move, I was waiting for my wife. She came out and said, ‘get out’.
I’ve never seen the bloke in my life. I was being polite to the bloke who is obviously a germ.”
Hadley then said that the car “wasn’t an Uber”, implying that it was a case of mistaken identity for Fletcher, who may have got in the wrong car.
Fletcher played 170 NRL matches with the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 1997 to 2005, before he spent two years playing with Wigan in England.
He made 13 international appearances for Australia and 14 for New South Wales and is now a funnyman on Fox Sports’ rugby league coverage.
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