Bennett not concerned about Roberts

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett insists an alleged drunken incident involving centre James Roberts is of little concern to him.

Roberts was forcibly removed from Brisbane’s Normanby Hotel on Sunday night after abusing a female staff member when he was refused service.

The 23-year-old reportedly passed out briefly while in a headlock by security, resulting in an ambulance being called to the hotel – although Roberts refused treatment.

It’s the latest in a string of off-field incidents for Roberts, who has already been sacked by South Sydney and Penrith in his short NRL career.

Despite the club reporting the incident to the NRL integrity unit and commencing an internal investigation, Roberts played in Thursday’s 20-10 win over Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium.

Following the victory Bennett said the incident didn’t worry him much.

He also denied a report Roberts had apologised to his teammates.

The veteran coach said the matter was a club issue and that’s where it will remain.

“We’ll take our responsibilities, as we always do at the Broncos, in a very forthright and honest manner,” Bennett said.

“We will not be running it through the media and we will certainly not be dominated or dictated to by the media. Simple as that for us.”

Former Manly coach Geoff Toovey has said he’d hesitate to sign Roberts if he was still in charge of an NRL club.

“Mid-20s, he’s been to four clubs, something is not right,” Toovey told Fox Sports’ NRL 360.

“I’d be very wary of signing him, if I was another club. We all know his talent, we all know his abilities, but can he maintain some consistency? I’m not sure.”

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