Jarryd Hayne finally responds to rape allegations
NRL player Jarryd Hayne has released a statement denying the rape allegations made against him.
The incident is alleged to have occurred in December 2015 while Hayne was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
A civil suit has been filed against Hayne in a Californian court.
The former NFL player fronted the media following his first training session back with the Parramatta Eels.
“This situation that’s going on I can’t talk about. I’m just going to avoid it and deflect it.”
Following the media conference, Hayne released a statement:
“I confirm that I unequivocally and vehemently deny the allegations made against me and I will be vigorously defending the matter.
“I’d like to thank all the family, friends and fans who have both privately and publically sent messages of support.
“My request to the media is to provide my family and I respect and privacy at this time.”