Brisbane does not have an off-field behaviour issue according to the club's NRL coach Kevin Walters, as star forward Payne Haas prepares to start the season on the sidelines.
Haas was on Monday slapped with a three-game ban and a $50,000 fine following an NRL integrity unit investigation into his abusive run-in with NSW police in Tweed Heads last month.
It's the second time in three seasons Haas will start the year suspended after being slapped with a $20,000 fine and four-game ban for refusing to comply with an investigation over a matter involving members of his family.
The NRL also issued injured centre Kotoni Staggs with a breach notice last month following a run-in with a man which sparked a pub brawl last year.
Last year the Broncos endured a miserable season on and off the field with Tevita Pangai Jnr almost having his contract ripped up following a biosecurity breach, while coaches and players were fined on separate occasions for breaching COVID protocols.
"Every player in the NRL is aware they've got to take some responsibility around their behaviour. At the end of the day that's what needs to happen," Walters said.
"We don't have a behavioural issue here.
"Payne is a great young fella. He's only 21 years of age and we all make mistakes. This was a big one from Payne and he's paying a big price for his mistake."
Walters dismissed any suggestion of imposing an alcohol ban on his club and also said Haas remained in contention for the club's captaincy despite his indiscretion.
The 53-year-old also defended his decision to refuse to answer questions on Haas during a press conference last week after the representative prop pleaded guilty in a Tweed Heads court to charges of intimidating police and offensive language.
"This is the appropriate time to talk about what was happening with Payne," he said.
"We were waiting for the NRL to come down with their sanctions.
"We certainly don't condone it in any way, everything that went on that night.
"Knowing Payne as I do, I know he's very regretful for it and now it's about moving forward, paying the price and doing what we have to do to get Payne back on track so this incident doesn't happen again to any of our players."