Embarrassed Brisbane players Adam Reynolds and Pat Carrigan have apologized for a late-night scuffle, with the Broncos ruling out banning the pair.
Reynolds and Carrigan spoke to the media at Broncos headquarters on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after the wrestling incident at a Brisbane nightclub.
The pair declined to reveal details of the incident or delve into whether Reynolds tried to drag an intoxicated Carrigan off the field.
But regardless, Broncos captain Reynolds said he was embarrassed by the situation less than three weeks before the March 2 opener in Las Vegas against the Sydney Roosters.
“I take full responsibility for what happened, and that’s obviously not good enough,” Reynolds said.
“I’m very disappointed. As a club we’ve come a long way culturally.
“We’re embarrassed… We’re a very tight-knit group. We know this doesn’t look good.
“We were there as partners. It started out as a fun fight, a little wrestling. Things got a little heated, but no one got hurt.”
In a video released on Monday, Carrigan and Reynolds can be seen wrestling on a night at Fortitude Valley following last year’s finalists fan day on Sunday.
In the video, a woman at the scene can be heard yelling “Adam…Pat…stop!”
Carrigan said it was now clear players should not leave as they sidestepped the question of how many venues had been asked to leave.
“I take full responsibility for my actions. This was clearly not ideal behavior that I’m proud of,” Carrigan said.
“I stand with Adam.
“Adam has my best interests at heart. It’s probably time for me to go home. We shouldn’t be hanging out in public places and joking.
“I’m lucky that he’s there to support me as a leader and I wouldn’t want to have any other captain, teammate or friend in that regard.”
The Broncos owner had a stern talking to the pair on Monday, and they notified the NFL’s integrity unit of the incident.
The NRL is still investigating the incident, having previously suspended Broncos’ Payne Haas and Albert Kelly for an altercation in 2022.
Unlike that case, however, no punches were thrown and both Carrigan and Reynolds had previously clean records.
“We’re not going to shut them down,” Brisbane coach Kevin Walters said.
“NRL Integrity is looking at all the visions and they will obviously be doing some interviews. So now it’s out of our hands and into their hands.
“I’ve been in their situation before. Sometimes it’s not easy. rugby league It’s a very competitive sport that requires a lot of testosterone, and boys like this will have a lot of fun playing it.
“They’re not boys, they’re men wrestling. Obviously, things got a little out of hand, so it’s disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world, really.”