Infotainment Factory: Bennett takes aim at 'M.I.A' Broncos bosses

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Bennett takes aim at 'M.I.A' Broncos bosses


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Wayne Bennett has taken aim at the Broncos chairman and CEO for going "missing in action" at a time when the master coach is on the edge of breaking point, with media camping outside his house and following him 24 hours a day due to speculation that he is set to take up a deal with the Rabbitohs 12 months early.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Bennett once again confirmed he was committed to staying at the Broncos in 2019 and criticised Broncos chairman Karl Morris and CEO Paul White for their public silence while Bennett is forced to answer consistent questioning from the media.

"I have stated my position and it hasn’t changed," Bennett said.

"But I am still expected to give explanations for decisions and behind-closed-doors conversations which I am not privy to. I have said all along that I will honour my contract.

"There is no ifs and buts and maybes about it, all the words people use so they can give themselves an out.

"But because [the media] can’t get access to the chairman [Morris] and they can’t get access to the chief executive [White], they have gone missing in action, I am out there trying to defend the indefensible.

"I don’t want to be in that situation because I haven’t been party to the boardroom decisions and other discussions."

Bennett signs with Souths

Bennett, who comically hid from media using decoy cars on Thursday, defended his evasiveness when faced with journalists keen for updates on his status with the Broncos.

"I’d rather do a runner and get that headline then stand in front of a camera and lie," Bennett said.

"The comment I hate most of all is no comment. I just leaves everyone feeling empty.

"For four days in a row I have had people camped outside my house.

"I was at a restaurant down the road and they arrived there.

"I was embarrassed.

Bennett staying at Brisbane

"I was there for well over 40 minutes hiding in toilets and backrooms while they tried to stick cameras in through walkways and in through windows.

"Seriously, I have [a reporter] sitting outside my house now.

"Why aren’t they sitting outside homes of the people making the decisions? Why aren’t they being made accountable? They know a hell of a lot more than what I do."

Bennett also denied he was solely remaining in Brisbane to get a nearly $1 million payout if he is fired from the Broncos.

"There has been these ridiculous suggestions that I am only hanging out for a payout. I am not interested in a payout," Bennett said.

"I have had 31 years in the NRL and I have never been paid out for anything.

"I have never got a cent from a payout, anywhere, and I don’t intend to."

Wayne Bennett has taken aim at the Broncos chairman and CEO for going "missing in action" at a time when the master coach is on the edge of breaking point, with media camping outside his house and following him 24 hours a day due to speculation that he is set to take up a deal with the Rabbitohs 12 months early.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Bennett once again confirmed he was committed to staying at the Broncos in 2019 and criticised Broncos chairman Karl Morris and CEO Paul White for their public silence while Bennett is forced to answer consistent questioning from the media.

"I have stated my position and it hasn’t changed," Bennett said.

"But I am still expected to give explanations for decisions and behind-closed-doors conversations which I am not privy to. I have said all along that I will honour my contract.

"There is no ifs and buts and maybes about it, all the words people use so they can give themselves an out.

"But because [the media] can’t get access to the chairman [Morris] and they can’t get access to the chief executive [White], they have gone missing in action, I am out there trying to defend the indefensible.

"I don’t want to be in that situation because I haven’t been party to the boardroom decisions and other discussions."

Bennett signs with Souths

Bennett, who comically hid from media using decoy cars on Thursday, defended his evasiveness when faced with journalists keen for updates on his status with the Broncos.

"I’d rather do a runner and get that headline then stand in front of a camera and lie," Bennett said.

"The comment I hate most of all is no comment. I just leaves everyone feeling empty.

"For four days in a row I have had people camped outside my house.

"I was at a restaurant down the road and they arrived there.

"I was embarrassed.

Bennett staying at Brisbane

"I was there for well over 40 minutes hiding in toilets and backrooms while they tried to stick cameras in through walkways and in through windows.

"Seriously, I have [a reporter] sitting outside my house now.

"Why aren’t they sitting outside homes of the people making the decisions? Why aren’t they being made accountable? They know a hell of a lot more than what I do."

Bennett also denied he was solely remaining in Brisbane to get a nearly $1 million payout if he is fired from the Broncos.

"There has been these ridiculous suggestions that I am only hanging out for a payout. I am not interested in a payout," Bennett said.

"I have had 31 years in the NRL and I have never been paid out for anything.

"I have never got a cent from a payout, anywhere, and I don’t intend to."

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