2022-05-04 21:36:00

There has been a twist in the standoff between Payne Haas and his former player manager Chris Orr, with the Brisbane Broncos star now being sued for over $200,000 amid claims the forward covered up a serious traffic offence.

That is according to a report from The Sydney Morning Heraldon Wednesday night, which revealed Haas is now facing a counter claim from Orr for unpaid commission fees of $201,200 in the NSW Supreme Court.

It was reported earlier in February this year that Haas was looking to recover agent fees he paid to Orr in the Supreme Court, claiming his former manager had a conflict of interest and did not abide by the rules agents need to follow.

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As a result, Haas launched a civil action against Orr and Original Pro Sports Pty Ltd, which trades as Pacific Sports Management.

Now though, Orr has made a counter claim as the details of Haas’ contract dispute and his proposed new deal were revealed in court documents obtained by The Herald.

In it, Orr claims that he negotiated a $5.75 million contract with the Broncos, which would make Haas the richest forward in the game.

Haas though is said to have “baulked” at signing the contract in July last year and has since signed with another NRL agent, Tyran Smith.

Orr’s counter claim argued that by not signing the $5.75 million contract, Haas did not meet the principles of their agreement.

Orr argued that the 22-year-old’s actions caused his company “a loss of reputation and goodwill … particularly with the Broncos and NRL”, according to the documents obtained by The Herald.

Haas denied Orr’s allegations about that deal, arguing that his legal team told his ex-agent’s solicitors in November that he intended to end his player agent deal.

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At this stage, the court documents alleged Haas is pocketing $748,000 this season, with his salary to increase to $798,000 in 2023 and $848,000 the next year.

Apart from the contract dispute, Orr also alleged the Brisbane prop covered up an off-field indiscretion that resulted in him being fined by the Broncos.

Orr claims his company — Original Pro Sports — sustained damages for helping Haas when he did not tell the Broncos about a charge for driving without a licence and using his mobile phone while driving in 2019.

Orr’s cross claim also argues Original Pro Sports suffered “significant expense” assisting Haas with a number of other off-field incidents.

Haas’ first strike with the Broncos saw saw him suspended for four games and fined $20,000 for refusing to fully co-operate with the NRL integrity unit in relation to two off-field incidents involving family members just weeks before the traffic offences.

He was then arrested in January 2020 over an incident in which he was accused of intimidating a female police officer. It resulted in a $50,000 fine from the NRL and a three-match suspension. He pleaded guilty and was given a two-year good behaviour bond, with no conviction recorded.

Haas denied the latest allegations in Orr’s counter claim, according to The Herald report.

Haas is off-contract at the end of the 2024 season and stands to enter the NRL’s $1-million club should he agree to the latest extension offer with the Broncos.

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Source by [graycupnews.com]

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