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NRL News | Payne Haas of Brisbane Broncos collapsed in grief before police shock

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Broncos Star Payne haas says he struggled to deal with his brother’s death and that grief contributed to his clash with the police.

Haas, 21, escaped without a conviction after pleading guilty to two counts of intimidating police in an incident in January at Tweed Heads.

The State of Origin and Test star said he was “extremely embarrassed” by an incident in which he insulted and threatened police while he was drunk. He has received a two-year conduct bond and is awaiting a decision from the NRL Integrity Unit.

Haas lost his disabled brother, Chace, suddenly last August. Being intoxicated after a Broncos workout last month, he went for a walk with his pregnant partner, Leilani Mohenoa, and collapsed over the death of his brother.

“I was not in a good open space at all at the time (when the police approached him). I had been drinking. I allowed myself to drink too much which affected my actions,” Haas told the Courier Mail.

“It was tough losing Chace. I haven’t talked much about it. We were really tight. He died so suddenly and to be honest I didn’t handle this whole tragedy well.

“Due to COVID restrictions, I had little time to deal with Chace’s death with my family. It is the most difficult thing I have ever encountered.

“So while I’m really embarrassed and disappointed with the way I treated the police, I hope people can see that there were other factors behind what happened.

“Fortunately, my family and my partner Leilani have supported me and helped me cope during this time. Without them I’m not sure I could have gotten through it.”

Haas admitted that he put his NRL career in jeopardy by his actions. He may miss the start of the season due to his clash with the police; far from ideal, with the Broncos trying to bounce back from their first wooden spoon last year.

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