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Video footage has emerged of an alcohol-fuelled violent altercation between Brisbane Broncos teammates Payne Haas and Albert Kelly.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, the club’s Football and Performance Director Ben Ikin confirmed the club would be investigating the incident.
The NRL Integrity Unit has also been alerted about the video.
In the footage, Kelly can be seen grabbing Haas by the throat before giving him a jab to the face.
The incident seems to be centred around Kelly stepping on Haas’ shoes, with the Brisbane prop asking the five-eight why he had been stepping on his shoes.
Kelly is heard replying repeatedly: “I didn’t step on your shoes.”
Haas is also caught saying, “You f**king c**t,” before palming Kelly with his right hand to his face.
News Corp reports the incident took place on Sunday (March 20) after Brisbane’s 16-10 victory over the Bulldogs in round two.
A Brisbane Broncos spokesman said: “The matter has been referred to the NRL Integrity Unit and the club will investigate the matter further.”
Payne Hass has a history of landing himself in hot water.
Last year, the 22-year-old was fined $50,000 and suspended for three matches after verbally abusing several New South Wales police officers.
The Brisbane player was accused of intimidating a female officer.
In response to the suspension and fine, Haas spoke to the media, saying he regretted his actions.
He said: “I've gone to see the police officers involved and offered them a full apology for my conduct.
"I've also spent time with police, watching a video of what I did that night.
"I really appreciate the police that took the time to sit down with me and explain what they felt and how my actions affected them, and that hits home for me."
Payne Haas should be released immediately. Disgusting that he picks on a smaller man like that. @sydneyroosters don't you even think about signing him on a second chance contract, even though we've got an awesome record of turning young men's lives around https://t.co/mOmVeCnMeK— steve (@stvnhcky) April 3, 2022
He would then make a promise to learn from the mistake, saying: “I'll work hard to be a better person in the future.
"I'll need to win back the trust and respect of my teammates as well as our club's members and sponsors."
The brawl between Haas and Kelly is the second Broncos bust-up in the space of six months with Thomas Flegler and Jordan Riki coming to blows in September.
Not a happy Brisbane camp at the moment.
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