Payne Haas breaks silence on Father Gregor’s arrest, NSW Blues, Gregor Haas faces death penalty in Indonesia, news

When 24-year-old Payne Haas runs out of NSW in Game I, he will already be the second most capped Blues player behind newly appointed captain Jake Trbojevic.

And the million-dollar-a-year Broncos man says it “never crossed my mind” not to play this series, even though his father Gregor faces the death penalty or life in prison for allegedly smuggling drugs into Indonesia.

Gregor was arrested in the Philippines earlier this month, and Indonesian authorities alleged he sent a shipment of methamphetamine to Indonesia hidden in ceramic tiles.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Payne Haas has not spoken to his father since his arrest.

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“Everyone knows what happened,” Haas told SMH. “I’m just trying to take care of my brothers and trying to take care of my family that I have in Australia and trying to make sure they’re okay. Because what I’m going through, they’re probably going through too.

“I know there are many people who have worse things and I have been through worse things in my life. Obviously when I come to play football I enjoy it, it’s my little escape from reality.”

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Payne’s mother, Uiatu “Joan” Taufua, is also currently facing three counts of manslaughter, as well as charges of drink-driving and evading police after a crash on the Gold Coast in late 2022. has declared guilty.

Haas lives with two younger brothers, both in school, as well as her daughter, and emphasized that her priority is taking care of her family in Australia.

“You talk about it right away and put it behind you,” Haas said of the conversation with his brothers about their father’s arrest. “I’m just making sure they’re okay, going to school and being normal, doing what normal kids do. Our family hasn’t had a good run lately. As long as I’m a good role model for them, I know they’ll be fine.”

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Having been in regular contact with Blues coach Michael Maguire in recent months, Haas says he never considered withdrawing from Origin this year despite his father’s arrest.

“I want to be here. This is what you want to do and why you play rugby league as a kid. You want to play State of Origin. It never crossed my mind not to play. I feel privileged and blessed to be able to do that.” now,” he said.

“You’re representing your family, and not just them, but you’re representing your state.”