NRL 2024; Adam Reynolds and Pat Carrigan have spoken after being filmed fighting

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Brawling Broncos duo Adam Reynolds and Pat Carrigan have admitted they have been left “embarrassed” and they “shouldn’t have been there” after apologising for the drunken fight which has left a black mark on the club.

Fronting the media on Tuesday morning after video of their Sunday night scuffle emerged on social media, Reynolds, the Broncos captain, said what started out as a “playful fight” as he tried to put an intoxicated Carrigan into a taxi got “heated”.

Their behaviour was slammed by Broncos chairman Karl Morris coming just days before they are due to fly to Las Vegas for the historic NRL season opener.

The NRL integrity unit is also investigating with fines likely to come from the league, but both said they “absolutely” still wanted to be on the plane to the US.

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It also emerged the Broncos players were moved on from a roof top bar by security, and also spoken to by police after the scuffle.

Broncos coach Kevin Walters said there are no plans to stand down the duo from the Vegas clash, but conceded punishment could be out of his hands.

“From our perspective they will be on the plane (to America),” Walters said.

“We won’t be suspending them. The NRL integrity unit is now looking at all the vision and doing interviews, so it’s out of our hands and into theirs.

“It’s up to the NRL to give them the all clear which I imagine they would, but it’s not my decision.”

While there is no fallout between the duo, with Carrigan declaring Reynolds was “like a big brother to me” the Brisbane captain said the one message to come out of the incident was clear.

“We shouldn’t have been there, that’s the main message,” he said, confirming several players had gone out drinking after the club’s fan day on Sunday.

Broncos fullback Reece Walsh, who had to attend the US embassy to ensure he could get a visa given previous incidents involving the courts, and teammates Jordan Riki also appeared in the footage.

Reynolds said the players take “full ownership” but want to move on fast.

“We’re embarrassed. We fully take ownership of what happened,” he said.

“ We are a really tight group, we understand it’s not a good look. It started out as a playful fight, a little bit of a wrestle, got a little heated. But no-one was injured.”

Carrigan acknowledged he’s stayed out far too late and said he would “own what I did” and look to rebuild fight among his teammates.

“I want to take full responsibility for my actions. It’s not ideal behaviour that I’m proud of. As a club we are moving forward, and I stand side by side with Adam,” he said.

“Clearly it was time for me to go home and I take responsibility for that. We had a few beers together as a group.

“The timing is not ideal but I’ve always got (Reynold’s) back and he’s got mine.

“I own what I did.”

The NRL is yet to confirm what punishment the players will face.

'Embarrassed' Broncos address scuffle

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