‘Shattered’ Broncos star Payne Haas breaks his silence on his mum being jailed for assault and reveals he hasn’t been able to speak to her in weeks – after withdrawing from the Worlds for ‘personal reasons’.
- Payne Haas’ mother has been jailed for assaulting casino security guards on the Gold Coast
- The Broncos star, 22, said the sad episode took its toll on his close-knit family
- Haas also retired from the World Championships in Great Britain with a one-shot against Mal Meninga and Kangaroos
Shattered Broncos prop master Payne Haas has broken his silence after his mother was jailed for assaulting casino security guards on the Gold Coast.
Haas, 22, who this week told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga that he will not be playing at the World Cup due to personal reasons, also revealed he has not recently spoken to his mother Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua, who died on March 1 October will be released .
“I haven’t really been able to talk to her for the past few weeks,” Haas said.
“All I know is that my dad was able to talk to her and she seems to be in the best of spirits at the moment.
‘Like everyone, if it was your mother [that went to jail]you would be pretty upset.
Broncos prop master Payne Haas has broken his silence about his mother being jailed earlier this month for assaulting casino security guards
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua pleaded guilty to assault and will be released from prison on October 1st
“It was pretty tough but I have my partner and my little brothers and they have been a good support to me. I’m pretty close to my mom and it sucks to see what happened.
“It’s been a rough couple of weeks (since the court decision) but now it’s happened and I have to move on with things.
“You love your family more than anything and will do anything for them. My family is very close, we do everything together and have each other’s backs all the time…hopefully I’ll see them soon.”
Taufua was sentenced to nine months in prison on September 1 after assaulting security guards at the Gold Coast’s Star Casino.
The term has been suspended and Taufua is scheduled to be released on October 1.
It wasn’t her first run-in with the law, after she was given a suspended sentence in May 2019 for a violent on-road tantrum in which she verbally and physically assaulted delivery driver Keith Tyler.
Haas, 22, told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga earlier this week that he would not be playing at the World Cup due to personal reasons
Keith Tyler was seriously injured when he was attacked by Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua in 2019
On that occasion, Taufua had two of her children in the car when she attacked Tyler, who suffered serious facial injuries, including a broken cheekbone, a hole in his lip, and a deviated septum.
Her son – who was recently Brisbane’s player of the year for the fourth straight year – explained that family is more important than football when it comes to the World Cup in the UK.
“I just thought that at that time, especially with my body and with everything that’s going on in my family, as an older sibling, I needed to be home,” he added.
“I have to be there for my little brothers and give them a bit of guidance. I felt that was more important than going to England and playing in the World Cup.’
Meninga was certain to choose Haas and with Origins front rowers Junior Paulo and Josh Papali’i confirming their allegiance to Samoa, Australia shines bright in the engine room.
The likes of Matt Lodge, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, and Jake Trbojevic will tend to fill the void.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/nrl/article-11241451/Shattered-Brisbane-Broncos-star-Payne-Haas-breaks-silence-mum-jailed-assault.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Shattered Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas breaks his silence over his mother being jailed for assault