Broncos coach Kevin Walters slams NRL’s handling of Payne Haas’s sneakers stoush with Albert Kelly
Broncos coach Kevin Walters criticizes NRL’s handling of Payne Haas sneakers with Albert Kelly: ‘I didn’t think I did much wrong’
- Haas was suspended for one game by the NRL after a pre-season incident
- The Broncos prop was caught on camera in a push with Albert Kelly
- The incident allegedly broke out because Kelly scratched her teammate’s new shoes.
- Coach Walters has now said he doesn’t think the punishment fits the crime.
Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters has criticized the NRL for suspending Payne Haas after he was recorded punching teammate Albert Kelly in a fight over the star prop’s shoes.
The New South Wales Blues enforcer was scratched from a match for his role in the shove with Kelly after the team’s victory over the Bulldogs in the second round.
The incident was caught on camera and was reportedly triggered by Kelly intentionally scratching her teammate’s new shoes.
The incident between Haas and Kelly in the NRL preseason that saw them suspended
Haas appeared to hit Kelly with an open hand, but there were no punches and no one was injured in the incident, but both players received an NRL suspension.
“Payne’s, I was disappointed in the way everything was handled,” Walters said in SEN Radio.
“I really didn’t think it did much wrong, and it was just that it was filmed.”
‘He served his suspension, but he didn’t agree with the NRL.’
Walters believes the suspension wasn’t warranted and that his star prop didn’t do much wrong in the preseason incident.
It comes after Haas also previously said he didn’t think the punishment fit the crime.
“I felt like I wasn’t worthy of being suspended,” he said in April.
“I felt like I didn’t do too much wrong, but obviously we’re in the public eye and I can’t be doing that kind of thing.” I have to handle those kinds of situations a little better.
Haas missed the previous week with a sore shoulder, but returned to his prime when the Broncos defeated Manly 38-0 for their fourth straight win.
The prop finished with 178 meters from 18 runs, two tackles, six passes and 24 tackles without fail.
Haas returned to his prime when the Broncos crushed the Manly Sea Eagles on Friday.
“Obviously I had a week off, my shoulder hurt a little bit and I thought the best thing was to be back for the team at 100 per cent,” he said after the victory.
‘Coming back and getting four in a row against a quality team felt good.
“I think that in the preseason we were working well together and that is starting to show, especially in these last four games,” he said.
“It’s nice to put it all together as a team, especially against a team like Manly.
‘Obviously there were some pretty tough years there… but we haven’t achieved anything yet.
‘We have to remain humble and hungry.’