Brisbane have slammed an “ashamed” Payne Haas for his latest off-field indiscretion after the NRL forward was arrested and charged with abusing and intimidating police.
The NSW Origin and Australian representative was arrested about 10pm on Saturday when he allegedly abused police officers in Tweed Heads.
The 21-year-old was detained by police and taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was charged with “with offensive language and intimidate police officer”.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads local court on 2 February, with the matter now being investigated by the NRL’s integrity unit.
The incident came after the Brisbane squad started their day with a training session on the Gold Coast.
While a rising star of the game, it won’t be the first time Haas has been summoned by the NRL’s behavioural watchdog.
Haas was fined $20,000 and suspended for the opening four rounds of the 2019 NRL season for failing to comply with an NRL integrity unit investigation over a matter involving members of his family.
Broncos CEO Paul White said in a statement on Sunday that Haas was “ashamed and extremely remorseful”.
“It’s disappointing and not acceptable – we do set the highest standards for the behaviour of our players, they understand that and Payne knows this is well short of those standards,” White said.
“Payne knows he has done the wrong thing and is prepared to take ownership of his actions.
“As a club, we will continue to work with Payne to ensure he understands what he must do to improve, and also ensure he continues to receive the support and education that he needs.”
The two-Test forward is one of rugby league’s most talented big men and has been named the Broncos’ best player the past two seasons.
A shining light of an otherwise historically bad 2020 season, Haas last week expressed his desire to help rejuvenate the side.
“The trust that Kev’s put in us; we know what talent we’ve got here and it’s a good chance for us to redeem ourselves and return to winning ways,” he said.
“You can see how the boys are training; it’s pretty competitive.
“The motivation here is to bring the club back to what it was and we have just left what happened last year right there and dusted.”