Nathan Cleary has described fired Penrith teammate Tyrone May as his ‘brother’ in an Instagram post after the Panthers star was fired.
A series of off – field problems culminated in The Panthers’ board of directors chooses to terminate May’s contract Thursday afternoon, and left the five-eighth from a job just weeks after winning an NRL Premiership.
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May was supported by the club’s co-captain Cleary, who wrote on Instagram: “My brother no matter what. Always got you.”
It was a post on May’s Instagram page, which has now been deleted in its entirety, that led to the 25-year-old’s NRL death.
In the wake of the Panthers’ premiership victory, May made a post with a picture of himself and coach Ivan Cleary leaving Parramatta Court.
The picture was subtitled with lyrics by Canadian rapper Drake, which read: “And the dirt that they threw at my name turned to earth, and I grew out of it. Time for you to figure out what you want to do know it. Love my brothers “.
May had been before Judge Robyn Denes, where he pleaded guilty to four counts of taking intimate pictures without consent.
He was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and narrowly escaped jail time with Denes, who described his behavior as “morally reprehensible”.
Since the saga has cost May his job, many fans were confused and disappointed that Cleary would showcase such public support for the fired player.
Tyrone May fired by Penrith Panthers for posting on social media
After being rejected by the NRL in 201, May was allowed to return to the Panthers squad and played in the club’s big final loss to Melbourne in 2020.
He came off the bench in this year’s victory over Rabbitohs, and it was then that he uploaded the post, which marked the beginning of the end to his 56-game Panthers career.
The post was quickly deleted, but the NRL’s integrity unit fined him $ 7500 for “posting on social media that does not match the game’s values”.
Penrith subsequently stopped the one-time Samoan national team player before the board met last Wednesday, where they determined that May’s conduct “constituted a serious breach of his NRL playing contract”.
A week later, May met with the board, and Penrith’s directors chose to sever ties.
“As a club, we understand our responsibility to the game, our business partners, our members and fans and the wider rugby league community,” said Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher.
“The Board of Directors followed a fair process in this matter and considered all relevant factors before reaching its final decision.
“The Panthers will coordinate with the NRL to ensure Tyrone has access to any support he needs in the future.”
Penrith is already taking steps to find a replacement with unsigned Warriors playmaker Sean O’Sullivan, who is recently linked with a move to the club.
May, meanwhile, faces an uncertain wait to find a new team.
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