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Broncos duo punished enough, says coach

28/04/2009 06:44:41 PM Comments (0)

Coach Ivan Henjak says Broncos Nick Kenny and Steve Michaels have been punished enough by being publicly ridiculed for their drunken behaviour in Byron Bay last weekend.

While clubs such as Manly and Cronulla have stood players down for acts of drunkenness in recent weeks, Henjak was adamant on Tuesday the two players had been disciplined sufficiently by the club for their actions.

Michaels allegedly kicked the side of a car in Jonson St in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Kenny was warned to move on by police after being caught urinating on a wall in the same street in the northern NSW coastal holiday town.

Asked if Brisbane had been "soft" on the two players who on Tuesday were named in his 17-man squad to play Newcastle, Henjak said the club had reached a fair decision.

"I think they've paid a pretty heavy penalty with the media footage they've had," said Henjak, disappointed the duo had made some poor choices because they'd been drinking.

"It's never nice having your picture and your name plastered in the paper in a negative light.

"Their families suffer through it, the club pays a price and so do their teammates.

"I think they've been punished enough."

Some would argue the pair should have been stood down this weekend given Brisbane's image took such a battering last year when skipper Darren Lockyer and other stars, Darius Boyd, Karmichael Hunt and Sam Thaiday were embroiled in alcohol-related dramas.

But Henjak said the players had not breached the club's new alcohol policy or broken any code of conduct.

"I can understand the current climate but we can't base our judgments on that," he said.

"We've got be fair about it to the players as well and to our fans and everyone.

"They had too much to drink and they made some poor choices."

Henjak said players needed to understand their behaviour had to be better than the general public when they were socialising.

"That's the environment we're in and the sooner we realise it the better," he said.

"Young players and young people in general will make mistakes and the players in this club are no different.

"When alcohol is around, who does make good choices?

"We've all made bad choices, I've made bad choices when I've had a drink.

"They're going to keep getting made by young players and people in general where alcohol is involved.

"We'll remind them all about their responsibilities and hopefully we won't have another incident ... but I'm sure down the track it's going to happen again."

Henjak would support an alcohol-free policy but doubted it was workable.

"Players understand their responsibilities a lot more than in the past but they're young and they're going to keep making mistakes.

"I don't think there's a fool proof system that's going to get us through.

"We just have to keep working hard and keep improving."

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