Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd issues mental health warning over Broncos defeat
Underneath-fire Brisbane captain Darius Boyd has warned an NRL participant may take their very own life if particular person and staff performances proceed to draw savage abuse on social media.
Boyd and the Broncos are bracing for a public and media backlash after they return to Brisbane after the staff had been left embarrassed to document the worst defeat by any membership in NRL finals historical past of their 58-0 finals loss to the Eels at Bankwest Stadium.
Whereas coach Anthony Seibold took accountability for the lead to his post-match media convention, Boyd hoped the gamers, significantly the youth within the staff, would settle for their destiny and be taught from the expertise.
A robust advocate for psychological well being, Boyd held fears concerning the impact of criticism which is able to come their means within the aftermath of Sunday’s heavy defeat.
The membership’s Twitter account posted the consequence on the platform and inside minutes had greater than 100 responses, slamming people and Seibold’s teaching efforts.
“It is disappointing as a result of somebody will most likely do one thing foolish like take their very own life by way of psychological well being points,” Boyd stated after the consequence.
“I am an enormous advocate for [mental health], and that may should occur which could be very unlucky if it does.
“Which will should occur for folks to put off, whether or not it is social media or mainstream media. We acquired it improper, we have it improper quite a lot of occasions this 12 months however it does not imply we’re much less of an individual.”
Boyd has been within the firing line greater than another participant on the Broncos in 2019 however stays decided to see out his contract.
When requested if he was trying ahead to a psychological break given the criticism drawn his means this 12 months, he supplied a front-line response.
“I’ve spoken about it earlier than, destructive discuss is not nice. I do not stay within the rugby league bubble and have gotten a fantastic help community,” Boyd stated.
“I’ve acquired a form coronary heart, I care about different folks and have a optimistic mindset. I take into consideration gratitude get me by way of. I do not learn the crap as a result of quite a lot of it’s crap.
“Tonight was unacceptable and embarrassing, we’re not shying away from that. However so far as the season goes, I feel there’s some positives that we should be happy with as nicely.
“We had been written off early, had a change in teaching employees initially of the season, gamers leaving the membership.
“We have had greater than 10 debutants, quite a lot of critics – individually and collectively – and to nonetheless make the finals you have to put issues into perspective.
“There’s eight different groups that did not make it. We had a rebuild inside six months and nonetheless made the finals.”
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