Roberts saga old news to Broncos coach

Roberts saga old news to Broncos coach

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett is clearly satisfied with the outcome of an investigation into off-field misbehaviour by James Roberts.

The Broncos centre was fined $20,000 by the NRL club after two incidents at Brisbane hotels earlier this month.

Roberts will also have to undergo community service and a personal development plan as part of his punishment.

It’s reported the 23-year-old is on his final warning with the NRL after having already been sacked from Penrith and South Sydney in his short career for off-field indiscretions.

The Broncos launched an investigation last week after Roberts was forcibly removed from the Normanby Hotel for allegedly abusing a female staff member when he was refused service.

It then was revealed the ex-Gold Coast player had been given a 10-day banning notice by police after allegedly spitting on a bar manager at the GPO Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley at the start of the month.

As far as Bennett is concerned, however, the issue is resolved and he wasn’t willing to comment on Roberts’ punishment following training on Thursday morning.

“I’m not going to talk about James,” Bennett said.

“It’s over. We’ve all moved on. You guys should move on.”

Roberts avoiding suspension following the investigation means he’ll be free to play ladder leaders Melbourne for the Broncos this Friday night.

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