Brisbane Broncos star Albert Kelly is set for a lengthy period on the sideline – as well as a possible huge fine and suspension.
The halfback succumbed to a foot problem and had to leave the field in Brisbane’s poor 20-6 loss to the New Zealand Warriors.
“Albert has sustained a Lisfranc injury to his foot and will see a specialist later in the week before we map out a way forward,” Broncos head of performance Dave Ballard said.
Kelly has also allegedly been involved in a drunken brawl with teammate Payne Haas.
Not only are the Brisbane Broncos investigating it, but the Broncos have also reported the matter to the NRL integrity unit.
News Corp has revealed the video footage of the incident between Haas and Kelly.
It is understood the clash between the pair broke out as Broncos players celebrated the birthday of Kelly, who turned 31 the day after Brisbane’s round 2 defeat of the Bulldogs in Sydney on Sunday, March 20.
But Haas turned on Kelly, calling him a “f***ing c***” before unleashing a left jab which connected with Kelly, who was heavily intoxicated.
It appears the clash was sparked by Kelly stepping on Haas’ foot, with the five-eighth saying: “Why would I step on your shoes.”
Brisbane have now sent a report to the NRL integrity-unit chiefs which identified Kelly as the perpetrator.
Sources suggested at the time Kelly was being a “drunken pest”, according to the Daily Telegraph and angered Haas after repeatedly jumping on his shoes which Haas took exception to.
Broncos chief executive Dave Donaghy previously stated that he would punish bad off-field bad behaviour.
“If we are fair dinkum about being a world-class sporting organisation, we can’t just talk the talk, we need to walk the walk and that’s everyone,” Donaghy said at the time.
“We have reported our matters to the NRL integrity unit and the players understand how disappointed I am with what’s happened in recent weeks.
“It (improving the individual) is something I am passionate about and it will be an enormous focus for us moving forward.”