Brisbane captain Alex Glenn has fired back at the battling NRL club’s “bullying” critics with a defiant message: “We ain’t quitting.”
- Broncos skipper Alex Glenn said he would defend his teammates from “being a victim of bullying”
- The Broncos were booed off the Lang Park field at half time of their match against the Titans, trailing 22-0
- Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has had his future at the club assured by chairman Karl Morris
The usually happy-go-lucky skipper finally lost his cool after the knives came out for the Broncos following their fifth-straight NRL defeat — an embarrassing 30-12 loss to fellow strugglers Gold Coast on Saturday.
Brisbane have received a barrage of social media abuse while critics including club greats have been queuing up to blast the once-mighty team who now sit second last on the NRL ladder.
New recruit Issac Luke was called out by Fox Sports pundit Sam Burgess for laughing and joking with his opponents after the match against the Titans, something that also drew the ire of Gorden Tallis.
Now Glenn has taken aim at their detractors, telling them to cut the players some slack and consider their mental wellbeing.
“Before you be quick to judge and take your anger out over social media put yourself in the other person’s shoes and think about people’s mental state and the impact it could possibly have on those you want to share your thoughts with,” he posted on Instagram.
“I will always defend my mates and others being a victim of bullying.”
The Broncos reached a new low in their last-round loss to the Titans, booed off the field by their own fans at halftime while trailing 22-0.
Their attitude was further called into question when some Broncos were seen laughing and socialising with opponents on the field after the demoralising display.
But Glenn defended his team, saying they were hurting after yet another defeat.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about us but don’t ever think we are happy with losing,” he said.
“You think you’re hurting watching us lose five games in a row?
“Try turning up every single day, working your ass off to prepare well and things still don’t go our way on the night, then have to deal with the criticism left, right and centre from the media, spectators and fans.
“We get it, we ain’t playing well but we ain’t quitting on nothing.”
ABC Grandstand expert commentator Luke Lewis wrote in his column that the Broncos do not look like they have a “clear focus” on what they want to do on the field.
However, the former Penrith and Cronulla legend said the players could turn things around with a change in mindset.
“If they can just make a bit of a step in the right direction next week and then a little bit more the following week, it will all build up and they’ll start to get a bit of enjoyment in their footy again.”
Broncos chairman Karl Morris has guaranteed under-fire coach Anthony Seibold’s future but has reportedly urged him to get some help by signing either former club captain Kevin Walters or dumped Warriors mentor Stephen Kearney as an assistant.