Drunk Broncos act up in Byron
BRISBANE chief executive Bruno Cullen said that Steve Michaels and Nick Kenny would not be sacked or suspended under the club's new alcohol policy, despite attracting police attention in Byron Bay at the weekend.
NSW police said a 22-year-old man was told to “move on” after allegedly kicking the tyre of a passing car in Jonson Street around 12:40am on Sunday.
A 26-year-old man was given the same directive by police after urinating on a wall in Jonson street at 12:45am.
No charges were laid.
Cullen said the Superintendent for the Byron Bay area told him both men had complied with police directions and had been “co-operative, apologetic and remorseful”.
Police said the 22-year old man was heavily intoxicated while the 26-year-old was “slightly affected” by alcohol.
Cullen will inform both players of their punishment - expected to be a fine and a warning - today.
“It's not a sackable or a stand down offence,” Cullen said.
“It's a very minor offence.
“It's all covered under our alcohol policy.”
Cullen, who has spoken to both players, was extremely disappointed they were out drinking in a strange environment without any teammates or family or friends with them.
“I'm very disappointed and so are the coaching staff that they allowed themselves to be put in that position.
“It could have been a lot worse, you just don't know, it could have been a brawl or something.”
Coach Ivan Henjak said Michaels and Kenny were two “decent blokes” who messed up like many young people do.
“Yeah they messed up in public, but is it a hanging offence?
“They're two good fellas who do a hell of a lot out in the community.”