NRL’s Tyrone May is SACKED by Penrith Panthers ‘immediately’ after controversial Instagram post 

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Bad boy footy star Tyrone May is SACKED by Penrith Panthers effective ‘immediately’ after controversial Instagram post about his illegal sex tape


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NRL star Tyrone May has been sacked by Penrith Panthers over a provocative  Instagram picture he posted after last month’s Grand Final against Sydney Souths.

A club board meeting on Wednesday morning took the decision to axe May, 25, immediately over the post, which has since been deleted after a furious backlash.

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The pic showed May and Panthers coach Ivan Cleary leaving Parramatta Local Court after he dodged jail for secretly filming illicit sex tapes in 2018.  

May pleaded guilty to four charges of ‘intentionally recording an intimate image without consent’ in January 2020.

He had met two women online and filmed them without permission before the video was leaked online. 

He escaped prison despite Magistrate Robyn Denes describing May’s behaviour as ‘reprehensible’ and ‘right on the cusp of a custodial sentence’.  

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NRL star Tyrone May has been sacked by Penrith Panthers over an Instagram picture (seen here) he posted after last month's Grand Final against Sydney Souths

NRL star Tyrone May has been sacked by Penrith Panthers over an Instagram picture (seen here) he posted after last month’s Grand Final against Sydney Souths

He was given a three year good behaviour bond and ordered to do 300 hours of community service.

His crowing post-final Instagram snap was captioned with lyrics from rapper Drake: ‘And the dirt that they threw on my name turned to soil and I grew up out it. 

‘Time for y’all to figure out what y’all gon’ do about it. Love my brothers’.     

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Last month the NRL fined May $7,500 and ordered him to undertake further education programs in the wake of the Instagram post.

‘As a club we understand our responsibilities to the game, our corporate partners, our members and fans, and the wider Rugby League community,’ Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher said.

‘The board observed due process in this matter and considered all relevant factors before reaching its final decision.

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‘Panthers will coordinate with the NRL to ensure Tyrone receives access to any support services he needs moving forward.’

May attended this morning’s board meeting in a bid to save his career but the club opted to drop him over the latest incident. 

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