‘Devastated’ Broncos star Payne Haas has broken his silence on his mum being jailed for assault and revealed he hasn’t been able to speak to her for weeks – after pulling out of the World Cup for ‘personal reasons’
The Gold Coast Broncos star, the mother of Paine Haas, jailed for attacking casino security guards at 22, said the sad episode had hurt her close-knit family, with Mal Meninga and the Kangaroos also pulling out of the World Cup with injury.
Devastated Broncos prop Payne Haas has broken her silence after her mother was jailed for attacking casino security guards on the Gold Coast.
Haas, 22 – who told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga this week he would not play at the World Cup for personal reasons – also revealed he had not spoken recently to his mother Wiatu ‘Joan’ Tafua, who will be released on October 1.
‘I haven’t really spoken to him in the last few weeks,’ Haas said.
‘All I know is my dad has been able to speak to him and apparently he’s in high spirits at the moment.
‘Like anyone, if it was their own mother [that went to jail]You will be quite crushed.
Broncos prop Payne Haas has broken his silence on his mother being jailed for assaulting casino security guards earlier this month.
Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua pleaded guilty to assault and will be released from prison on October 1
‘It was quite difficult, but I have a partner and my younger brother and they are a good support system for me. I am very close to my mother and it is very sad to see what has happened.
‘It’s been a difficult few weeks (since the court decision) but it’s happened now and I have to get on with things.
‘You love your family more than anything and you do everything for them. My family is tight, we do everything together and we have each other’s back all the time… Hopefully I will see him soon.’
Tafua was jailed for nine months on September 1 after assaulting security staff at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast.
The term was suspended, Tafua will be released on October 1.
It was not his first brush with the law after serving a suspended sentence for a violent road rage attack in May 2019 in which he verbally and physically assaulted delivery driver Keith Tyler.
Haas, 22, told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga earlier this week that he would miss the World Cup for personal reasons.
Keith Tyler was seriously injured in 2019 when he was assaulted by Wiatu ‘Joan’ Tafua.
On that occasion, Taufua had her two children in the car when she attacked Tyler, who suffered serious facial injuries including a broken cheekbone, a hole in her lip and a deviated septum.
His son – who was recently named Brisbane’s Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive season – has declared that family is more important than football at the UK World Cup.
‘I just thought that at this time, especially with my body and all my family stuff, I needed to be at home as the older sibling,’ she added.
‘I have to be there for my younger brothers and give them some guidance. I felt it was more important than going to England and playing the World Cup.’
Meninga was sure to pick Haas, and with Origin front-rowers Junior Paolo and Josh Papali’i confirming their allegiance to Samoa, Australia looked lighter in the engine room.
The likes of Matt Lodge, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Jack Trbojevic have been tipped to fill the void.