Penrith Panthers player Tyrone May charged over sex tapes

Tyrone May

Tyrone May

Panthers players are rallying around Tyrone May who is now embroiled in sex tape drama and while Mansour knew he personally had nothing to worry about, it could distract other players.

Penrith winger Josh Mansour admits players are embarrassed by the game's ongoing video scandals and that some would be distracted and concerned before the start of the NRL season.

Both women were unaware they were being filmed and did not consent to the recording or its distribution.

The NRL, Australia's domestic competition, has brought in new rules meaning players accused of "serious crimes" are automatically banned.

May, 22, has been accused of filming a sexual act with a woman at Coffs Harbour in February a year ago without her knowledge, and also filmed a sexual act with another woman at Kingswood in May.

"In the circumstances of the current charges I have determined to place Tyrone May on a no-fault stand down".

"That is a matter for the courts", he said in a media release on

In a statement, NRL boss Todd Greenberg says they are making no judgement on May's guilt or innocence.

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The inmate "is still holed up" in the prison facility where his partner was visiting him at the time, she added. The lives of the two guards are not in danger, although one required surgery after being wounded to the chest.

The Panthers playmaker turned himself into Penrith police station today where he was arrested and charged with two counts of recording intimate image without consent and two counts of disseminate image without consent.

"It also provides discretion for players to be stood down for other matters, particularly where the criminal allegations involve women".

"That's not the greatest form but in saying that it's the day and age we live in".

It is understood May was himself threatened with the release of a video ahead of a game against the Melbourne Storm a year ago, although not by the former teammate interviewed by Murphy.

"If it is stupidity and juvenile behaviour we'll deal with it with a sanction", Mr Greenberg said.

"If we can find ways to get to the bottom of those people distributing it, that becomes a police matter".

Indeed, many players remain on edge about the possibility of explicit videos they have appeared in being circulated throughout the season. The player is expected to be interviewed today.

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