Three games forbidden to Payne Haas, fined $50,000 after police intimidation incident
After pleading guilty to threatening officers, Broncos' star Payne Haas is expected to cop a three-game suspension and $50,000 fine.
Haas was arrested in the wake of a Brisbane pre-season training trip, after clashing with police while drunk at Tweed Heads last month. At the time, he was with his pregnant partner and has since claimed to have been emotional about his brother's death.
The 21-year-old Test and Origin star has expressed remorse, but a hefty proposed penalty has been followed up by the NRL. On Monday, Haas was issued with a notice of breach by the NRL, which also requested that he undergo an education and community service program.
"The behavior of Payne was unacceptable. There are no excuses for our police force for any form of abuse. Any player who intimidates the police will be severely dealt with," NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said in a statement.
Payne is required to participate in an appropriate education program as part of his punishment and to engage in community service as directed by the NRL. Our punishments are two-fold and must serve as a deterrent, but also have an element of instruction and recovery so that players in trouble can learn from their mistakes and turn into better young men.
Although most of our players are outstanding community role models, we need to do more to ensure our playgroup's improved decision-making and transparency. We will review our education initiatives and also review our financial penalties in accordance with the RLPA to ensure that we do whatever we can to minimize instances where the players make themselves and the commu
Haas, under his suspension, would miss games against the Eels (home), Titans (away) and Bulldogs (home).
The maximum allowable under the NRL rules is $50,000. The NRL said that to ensure that fines acted as a genuine deterrent, the figure would be reviewed.