The fallout from Payne Haas requesting an immediate release last week has continued with the Broncos star’s behavior being slammed as “disgraceful”.
The NRL 360 panel tore shreds off Haas on Monday night, with Paul Kent accusing the prop of mixed messages before Phil Rothfield blasted the NSW prop.
The 22-year-old has recently changed management and the Haas camp are chasing a pay rise on his $800,000 per season contract.
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Haas became the first player in Broncos history to be booed by his own supporters at Suncorp Stadium last Thursday night.
The young gun who was picked in the Blues squad on Monday wants to be paid $1.2 million per season, a request Brisbane baulked at last week.
Haas initially said he wanted to clauses in his contract that the club must finish in the top four for him to stay, before later suggesting he wanted the upgrade to set up his daugher’s future.
“The disappointing thing for me is the mixed messages,” Kent said on NRL 360.
“He asked for a release based on the fact he feels… he’s gone to the Broncos who have already given him one pay rise within the cycle, without an extension so it was a leap of faith for the Broncos to do that and now he’s gone back and asked for another one.
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“Then he’s come out and said it’s not about (money), I want a clause in there that if we don’t finish top four then I’ve got the right to leave the club. Now that’s just crazy.
“But he’s then come out again today and done an interview with Ready about setting up his future for his daughter, it’s not about him at all now, it’s about setting up a future for his daughter. So it’s back to the money. Of course it’s about the money.
“If he wants the $1.2 he’s not going to get that a club that finishes top four because they don’t let their salary cap get bent out of shape in that respect by overpaying a prop.”
Rothfield pointed to Haas’ past indiscretions that the club have helped him through and suggested the forward was being ungrateful.
“This has done untold brand damage to Payne Haas,” he said.
“That army of Broncos supporters…Those people pay for membership, pay for their jerseys, tickets, meals and it cost them a lot of money. And you know what, their average wage, they wouldn’t earn a 10th of what Payne Haas earns.
“His behavior in recent years, particularly on the Gold Coast at Tweed Heads where he abused a female police officer, was disgraceful. And the way the club looked after him, protected him and kept him.
“He could have gone then and had his contract torn up, it’s disgraceful the way he’s behaving, he’s been really poorly advised.”
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