Broncos’ Payne Haas slapped with ban, maximum fine over police tirade

Broncos Payne Haas will miss the first three matches of the 2021 NRL season, over a confrontation with police in Tweed Heads last month.

The prop pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidating police at Jack Evans Boat Harbour on January 16, and was handed a two year good behaviour bond by the courts last week.

The NRL has now issued Haas with a breach notice, which comes with the maximum fine of $50,000 and a three month suspension.


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Haas must also complete at appropriate education program and complete community service as directed by the NRL.

NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the game had no tolerance for players abusing or intimidating police.

“Payne’s conduct was unacceptable. There are no excuses for any form of abuse towards our police force. Any player who intimidates police will be dealt with severely,’’ he said.

“As part of his sanction, Payne is required to participate in an appropriate education program and engage in community service as directed by the NRL.

“It’s important our sanctions are two-fold – they must act as a deterrent but also have an element of education and rehabilitation so players who are in trouble can learn from their mistakes and develop into better young men.

“Although most of our players are outstanding role models in the community, we need to do more to ensure better decision making and accountability among our playing group.

“We will be reviewing our education programmes and also reviewing our financial penalties, in conjunction with the RLPA, to ensure that we are doing all we can to eliminate instances where the players let themselves and the community down.”

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At least the NRL is punishing appropriately, unlike the actual justice system.