Patson feels betrayed by Beale

Date published: October 27 2014

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Australia’s former business manager Di Patston admits she felt bullied over the texting scandal which has engulfed the Wallabies.

Australia’s former business manager Di Patston admits she felt bullied over the texting scandal which has engulfed the Wallabies.

Kurtley Beale was handed a AUS$45,000 fine on Friday but had his suspension overturned for sending a lewd message to Patston.

The Waratahs playmaker was cleared of sending a second more offensive message, but Patston was disappointed with the outcome of the tribunal.

“If it was one image or two or 20, what does it matter?” Patston told The Australian.

“They were both of very obese women in a very derogatory way. I am overweight and they were both naked with everything exposed.

“He (Beale) doesn’t know my background. I’ve had an ongoing illness myself and I’m on medication. There’s a whole story behind it.

“I actually said to my dad I felt bullied into not telling anyone about the photos because I was embarrassed.

“I’m not good. Life is probably the worst it has ever been. I’m alive but there have been times I haven’t wanted to be here.”

Patston explained she also felt betrayed by Beale, who revealed during the hearing that he had sent the same message to some Waratahs teammates six days earlier, despite denying sending it to anyone else at the time.

“Even as I was cuddling him, he said ‘I promise you, Di, I haven’t sent this to anyone’,” she added.

“It’s like he played me for a fool. If he had said to me it was the second time he did it in the matter of seven days, no way, absolutely no way, would I have just said ‘That’s OK’.”

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