A Scots rugby international used tracking systems on his girlfriend’s phone to keep tabs on her during a 20-month campaign of domestic abuse.
Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby union player Rufus McLean demanded passwords to her social media accounts and kept a ‘tracker’ service running on her phone so he knew where she was.
The 13-stone player admitted leaving his 21-year-old victim with a burst lip and black eye after pushing her off him during one incident.
He also called her a b**** and a s*** and sent her abusive text and social media messages.
Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby union player Rufus McLean demanded passwords to her social media accounts and kept a ‘tracker’ service running on her phone so he knew where she was
The 13-stone player admitted leaving his 21-year-old victim with a burst lip and black eye after pushing her off him during one incident
McLean, who made his senior Scotland debut in October 2021 against Tonga, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday for sentencing.
He pleaded guilty last month to engaging in a course of ’emotionally abusive and controlling’ behaviour between April 2019 and January 2021.
Following his guilty plea, he was suspended by Glasgow Warriors with immediate affect. The US-born winger, who has been capped three times for Scotland, has had no contact with the club since then, and his career hangs in the balance.
A statement issued by Glasgow Warriors said: ‘Rufus McLean is suspended from all club activity and is unavailable for selection following a guilty plea to charges under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 in December 2022.
‘Glasgow Warriors does not condone abuse of any kind and therefore, along with Scottish Rugby, immediately suspended the player following his plea.
‘An internal investigation has been instigated and a disciplinary hearing will be held this week.’
The club added: ‘Legal proceedings in this matter are not concluded, therefore no further comment will be made at this time.’
The court heard previously in an agreed narrative how McLean and his girlfriend were in an ‘on/off’ relationship for four years and together ‘properly’ for two years between April 2019 and May 2021.
He also called her a b**** and a s*** and sent her abusive text and social media messages
His victim described 5ft 10in McLean, of Glasgow, as ’emotionally abusive and controlling’.
The court was told his victim was on a Spanish holiday in the summer of 2019 when McLean saw a photograph of her on social media and ‘took exception’ to what she was wearing.
McLean messaged to say she looked like a ‘s***’ and told her to change, but his girlfriend refused to do so and went out.
He was said to have then started sending messages to her and her friends using derogatory language.
In another incident in January 2021, the couple were in McLean’s Glasgow flat when she woke him up to talk.
McLean reacted by pushing her away, causing her lip to be burst and a black eye to appear, the court…
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