‘Shattered’ Broncos star Payne Haas breaks silence about his mother being JAILED for assault and reveals he hasn’t been able to speak to her for weeks after pulling out of World Cup for ‘personal reasons’
- Payne Haas’ mother jailed for assaulting Gold Coast casino security guards
- The 22-year-old Broncos star said the unfortunate episode has taken a toll on his close-knit family.
- Haas also withdrew from the World Cup in the United Kingdom in a blow to Mal Meninga and Kangaroos
Shattered Broncos mainstay Payne Haas has broken his silence after his mother was jailed for assaulting security guards at a Gold Coast casino.
Haas, 22, who this week told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga that he will not play in the World Cup for personal reasons, also revealed that he has not recently spoken to his mother Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua, who will be released on October 1. .
“I haven’t really been able to talk to her for the last two weeks,” Haas said.
“All I know is that my father has been able to talk to her and she is apparently in high spirits at the moment.
‘Like anyone, if it were his own mother [that went to jail]you’d be pretty shattered.
Broncos prop Payne Haas has broken his silence about his mother’s jailing earlier this month for assaulting casino security guards.
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua pleaded guilty to assault charges and will be released from jail on October 1
It’s been pretty tough, but I have my partner and my little brothers and they’ve been a good support system for me. I’m pretty close to my mom and it sucks to see what’s happened.
“It’s been a rough couple of weeks (since the court decision), but now it happened and I have to move on.
‘You love your family more than anything and you do anything for them. My family is very close, we do everything together and we support each other all the time… I hope to see her soon.’
Taufua was sentenced on September 1 to nine months in prison after assaulting security personnel at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast.
The term was suspended and Taufua will be released on October 1.
It was not his first brush with the law after receiving a suspended sentence in May 2019 for a violent road rage attack in which he verbally and physically assaulted delivery man Keith Tyler.
Haas, 22, told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga earlier this week that he will not play in the World Cup for personal reasons.
Keith Tyler was seriously injured when he was assaulted by Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua in 2019
On that occasion, Taufua had two of his children in the car when he attacked Tyler, who suffered serious facial injuries, including a broken cheekbone, a hole in his lip and a deviated septum.
His son, who was recently Brisbane’s Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive season, declared that family is more important than football when it comes to the World Cup in the UK.
“I thought right now, especially with my body and all the things going on in my family, I needed to be home as the big brother,” he added.
‘I need to be there for my little brothers and give them some guidance. I felt that was more important than going to England and playing in the World Cup.”
Meninga would surely pick Haas, and with Origin starters Junior Paulo and Josh Papali’i confirming their allegiance to Samoa, Australia seems light on the engine room.
The likes of Matt Lodge, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Jake Trbojevic are leaning in to fill the void.