'Just taser me you dumb c***': Haas' expletive outburst
BRONCOS bad boy Payne Haas told police to taser him before threatening to "take on" and "jab" officers during an alcohol-fuelled barney with cops last month.
The 21-year-old's offensive abuse toward NSW police officers, including a female constable, has been revealed in court documents after Haas was today slapped with a good behaviour following the January incident at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, near the Queensland-NSW border.
Court documents show when Haas was approached by police, Haas said: "F**k the I.D. I don't need to give you I.D".
After officers tried to reason with him he replied: "You got your badge on you and you think you're a f**king tough c**t.
"Yous put my f**king family in jail you c**ts. Let's get the f**ck out of here. Just taser me you dumb c**t."
When police told Haas they weren't going to taser him, he told them: "Don't come near me or I'll f**king jab ya, on my mother's life I will."
The police reveal Haas earns $550,000 a season at the Broncos, was paying a $3000-a-month mortgage and his partner is 20 weeks' pregnant.
When Haas was told he would be charged with offensive language he said: "Oh f**k up offensive language. Suck my d*** I'll take you all out yous f**kwits".
He later told a female constable: "Why are you looking at me like that? 'Cause you're a woman? 'Cause you're a woman you think I won't take ya?"
The 21-year-old pleaded guilty two charges of intimidating police in front of magistrate Geoff Dunlevy in the Tweed Heads Local Court on Thursday.
Another charge of offensive language was earlier withdrawn following negotiations between defence solicitor Dave Garratt, of Howden Saggers Lawyers, and NSW police.
Haas was today handed two-year a conditional release order and had no conviction recorded.
The court heard the incident against police on January 16 nearby the Queensland-NSW border went for three minutes.
The matter was scheduled to for court on Monday, but snuck into court on Thursday.
The Test and Origin player and his pregnant partner, Leilani Mohbenoa, were approached by officers who were attending another incident nearby on the night of the offending before Haas became verbally abusive towards police.
He was arrested, charged and released.
"These three minutes were monumental in your life as an individual, and essentially you stand at a crossroads now where the court would record a conviction against your name or exercise... leniency on you," Magistrate Dunlevy said, adding the offence was not "trivial" and would have been "frightening" for police involved.
Mr Garratt argued against the recording of a conviction, saying his client would receive large sanctions by the NRL and potentially put his career at risk.
He said Haas had showed a high level of remorse both immediately after the incident and several days later when he arrived at the police station to apologise to officers.
The court heard Haas had a difficult upbringing having been raised in a home where alcohol abuse was present.
"His mother and father both spent time in custody... rugby league was his saviour," Mr Garratt said.
He added his client would soon be a father and the offending occurred shortly after his brother had died and because of COVID-19 he had been unable to fully grieve the loss.
In sentencing, Magistrate Dunlevy said "much has been made of your career and even of how much you earn and how this will affect your future" but it was the mitigating factors relating to his background that supported the decision not to record a conviction.
"I also accept you have good prospects for rehabilitation because, to use the same term I use for everyone else, you have stable employment... a good social life and family support... you also appear to be someone of a good character," he said.
"It seems as if this was a one-off event... I appreciate that it may have been embarrassing for you but I did have to ask your lawyer about your... upbringing."
He said the factors of his upbringing added context to the offending and meant "you are probably not as bad a person as these facts appear".
The court heard Haas' brother had died shortly before the offending and his partner had told police this at the time of the offence.
"It would appear the loss of your brother was one of the reasons you behaved in the way that you did ... It is not an excuse but it does give some context to why all these things bubbled to the surface," he said.
Haas arrived at the Tweed Heads Courthouse this morning flanked by family members, his lawyer and a representative from the Brisbane Broncos.
Haas was crowned the Broncos' player-of-the-year for the past two seasons.
The 21-year-old was handed a four-game ban in 2019 after failing to comply with an NRL Integrity Unit investigation into incidents involving his family and violence in the community.
In a statement released by the Broncos after the court hearing Haas said: "I have gone to see the police officers involved and offered them a full apology for my conduct, as well as spending time with police going through what I did.
"I had been drinking and the words I used and the way I acted were totally unacceptable. I'd like to thank the police for taking the time to see me, and accepting my apology.
"I did the wrong thing and let myself down as well as my family and the Club - but most importantly, I acted in way that showed disrespect to the police, and I am really sorry for that.
"I will learn from this incident and I will be a better person in the future."
Broncos CEO Paul White said the Club was working with the NRL Integrity Unit on finalising the matter.
Originally published as LIVE: Keebra, Broncos star set to plead guilty in Tweed court