“Call me Big Papi” videos could be just the tip of the iceberg

“Call me Big Papi” videos could be just the tip of the iceberg
Dylan "Big Papi" Napa. Photo: Naparazzi, Wikimedia Commons

Between Sam Burgess, the Bulldogs players Mad Monday debacle and Dylan “Big Papi” Napa’s sex tapes, it has been a big 6 months for NRL players getting their kit off. But it’s about to get even bigger, if the rumours reported by Fairfax reporter Andrew Webster are true. Webster claims that another video involving three big players (none of them Napa) is about to be released.

Screenshots from the video have allegedly been doing the rounds at one Sydney club, and players are reportedly very nervous. One who has seen it told Webster “We can’t remember what we did on a night out four or five years ago, let alone if someone shot it on their phones.”

The rumours around more sex tapes from several years ago going public may help Napa, who is line for a heavy punishment from the NRL despite being the victim of two sex tapes from 5 years ago being made public without his consent. He has also reportedly suffered a great deal of personal embarrassment, after the whole if Australia learned of videos where he asked a woman to call him Big Papi.

Earlier in the week NRL CEO Todd Greenberg drew a line in the sand on off field player behaviour, with Ben Barba copping a life ban from the game after assaulting his partner in the carpark of the Townsville casino. This has led many to expect that Napa will also cop a heavy sentence for bringing the game into disrepute, even though his case is a lot less clear cut.

The ”Big Papi” videos were filmed by one of Napa’s fellow players on the Rooster’s 2013 end of season trip to America. The woman involved has not been identified, and it is unknown if she or Napa consented to being filmed. The videos were apparently shared on a private group chat between players at the time, and the one who filmed them is not thought to be the leak.

If Napa is hit with a big punishment the NRL’s hands will be tied if other sex tapes are leaked. “Big Papi” will, however, have a right to feel aggrieved after Sam Burgess was hit with a wet lettuce leaf when reports emerged that he was exposing himself to strange women over video chats during last year’s finals series.