The Brisbane Broncos have responded to news of star forward Payne Haas being arrested over an alleged physical altercation in New South Wales’ north-east.
The Kangaroos and Blues representative last night landed in police custody after allegedly being involved in a brawl in Tweed Heads and acting aggressively toward police.
The Broncos have released the following statement:
“The Brisbane Broncos can confirm player Payne Haas was involved in an incident with police last night at Tweed Heads,” the statement read.
“He was arrested and charged with offensive language and intimidating police, before being released.
“The Club has spoken at length with Payne, who is ashamed and extremely remorseful for his actions.
“Broncos CEO Paul White said: ‘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.
“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 Broncos are working with the NRL Integrity Unit on the matter.”
NSW Police had already released a statement to the Courier Mail confirming the arrest of a 21-year-old in Tweed Heads.
“About 10pm Saturday 16th January, officers from Tweed-Byron Police District arrested a 21-year-old man on Coral Street at Tweed Heads after the man allegedly became abusive towards police,” the statement read.
“He was taken to Tweed Heads police station and charged with offensive language and intimidate police.
“He is due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday the 2nd of February.”
The NRL said: “The NRL is aware of an alleged incident involving Payne Haas. The Integrity Unit is liasing with both NSW Police and the Brisbane Broncos.”
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