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Penrith Panthers sack star with immediate effect over social media post 

Sofie Formica & Neil Breen
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The Penrith Panthers have today terminated the NRL playing contract of Tyrone May with immediate effect. 

The Panthers Board of Directors concluded May’s conduct following the 2021 NRL Grand Final constituted a serious breach of his contractual obligations.

Wide World of Sports reports the decision is related to a social media post by May, which appeared to reference his highly publicised court case.

The same post prompted a strong reaction from Neil Breen at the time of its posting, who said the matter exposed the “really sad” culture of some in the league.

Press PLAY below to hear his scathing editorial 

May was fined $7500 by the NRL for the post, which he has since deleted, “for posting and being part of social media posts which do not align with the values of the game”.

“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 in a statement today.

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

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

Neil Breen told Sofie Formica he wasn’t surprised by the announcement.

“I think it’s a great outcome – it should’ve happened earlier, but it’s a great outcome.”

Press PLAY below to hear Neil Breen’s response 

Image: Matt Blyth/Getty Images

 

Sofie Formica & Neil Breen
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