Broncos star Payne Haas has hit back at the one-game ban he imposed for his role in a drunken brawl with teammate Albert Kelly, saying he didn’t deserve a ban.
Haas and Kelly were both banned by the NRL, with Haas fined $10,000 and Kelly awarded $5,000 for his part in the brawl.
However, after playing a leading role in the Broncos’ win over the Bulldogs, Haas revealed his displeasure with the sanctions he received from the league.
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“I felt like I wasn’t worthy of being suspended,” he told 9News Queensland.
“I felt like I didn’t do too much harm, but obviously we’re in the public eye and I can’t do those kinds of things. I have to handle those kinds of situations a little better. “
The incident was the latest in a string of off-court misdemeanors for Haas, who was on bail for good behavior after verbally assaulting a female police officer last year.
Haas’ current contract with Brisbane ties him to Red Hill until the end of 2024, when he will earn around $800,000 per season.
The 22-year-old has played 66 games and scored six tries for the Broncos since making his debut for the club in 2018.
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