'Embarrassed and disgusted': Broncos boss slams gender reveal stunt

Darius Boyd kicks a football for a gender reveal stunt after the Broncos match.
Darius Boyd performs a gender reveal in the wake of the Broncos' wooden spoon. (Image: Fox Sports)

Broncos chairman Karl Morris said it was ‘disgusting’ to see Broncos great Darius Boyd’s public gender reveal stunt following the club’s first ever wooden spoon.

Brisbane's woeful 2020 mercifully came to an end when they were relegated to dead last for the first time by a 32-16 loss to North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

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The club has endured arguably its worst year in history both on and off the field after a string of controversies have plagued the club.

While no one holds it against the players for celebrating Boyd’s illustrious career, Morris felt choosing to celebrate a private moment so publicly at the same time was ‘embarrassing’.

The club’s chairman, like some fans, hit out at Boyd after he performed the gender reveal stunt in front of the team only moments after the Broncos were handed their first ever wooden spoon.

“I was embarrassed and disgusted by the gender reveal and celebrations post-match,” Morris told the Wide World of Sports.

The publication claims no senior figures at the club were aware the stunt was going ahead after the loss.

The club was slammed earlier in the season when Broncos players were seen laughing after a heavy loss.

Some fans insisted it was a shocking look for the players to be celebrating straight after clinching the club's first ever wooden spoon, with the gender reveal proving divisive on social media.

"Imagine losing 32-16 confirming the wooden spoon and being happy about it after the game," one user wrote on Instagram.

Another said: "I'd be pissed off if this my my team and they'd just finished last. No pride in the jersey at all."

Boyd reflects on stellar NRL career

Boyd said his stellar 15-season career wouldn't be defined by Brisbane's 17th loss of 2020 - another unwanted club record - that secured the dreaded spoon.

"This game doesn't change things for me," the 33-year-old Boyd said."

"The spoon is terrible but to play for Brisbane was a dream - I am grateful for the chance.

"It has been a challenging season for a number of reasons but... it's been a great ride."

With AAP

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