Rugby League

Drama continues for Samoan league star

A sacked Tyrone May has locked out his Instagram account, the very same social media outlet that appears to have brought down the Samoan international’s immediate playing career.

The Instagram reference that cost Samoan international Tyrone May his future at Penrith Panthers. Picture: Instagram

Penrith had two weeks earlier stood down the rugby league talent over a post that allegedly upset the club’s hierarchy, supporters, sponsors and the NRL.

May had been fined $7500 and narrowly avoided a jail sentence in 2019 for filming a woman having sex, an Australian court heard back in 2019.

He pleaded guilty to four charges of intentionally recording an intimate image without consent in the incident that happened a year earlier.

The outspoken 25-year-old had captioned an image with coach Ivan Cleary outside the courthouse for the trial to the lyrics of Canadian rapper Drake immediately after Panthers’ 14-12 grand final win over South Sydney.

“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,” May posted.

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May’s case against the offensive use of Instagram was discussed at this week’s meeting of the board of directors.

The post that referenced the court case proved to be the last straw for the reigning NRL premiers.

The board made the unanimous decision to rip up his Panthers’ contract.

But the drama at Penrith could take another twist.

The Panthers’ younger brother of May could now face his own disciplinary action.

Taylan May shared his own Instagram post supporting the sacked player.

“Realist (sic) one always stayed loyal to bad, loyalty gets you no where (sic),” Taylan May posted.

“It’s always just business #keephating.”

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