SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Tyrone May of the Panthers is sent to the sin-bin during the round 23 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Newcastle Knights at Panthers Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

The NRL have stood down Penrith player Tyrone May under the league's new no-fault stand down policy.

May was charged on Tuesday morning with two counts of recording and distributing lewd images with consent, with the charges coming against two separate victims.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg released the following statement on the matter.

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

"Our new policy provides for the automatic stand down of players on a no-fault basis where they are charged with serious criminal matters.

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

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

"The no-fault stand down will remain in force until the court proceedings are concluded."

Penrith have released the following statement on their website.

Penrith Panthers supports the NRL decision to implement the no-fault stand down policy in relation to Panthers player Tyrone May.

The 22-year-old will be sidelined until his current court proceedings are concluded.

“The decision to stand down Tyrone May is not about passing judgement on guilt or innocence,” Panthers Chairman David O'Neill said.

“Panthers acknowledges the seriousness of the charges and agrees the decision is in the best interests of the game.

“May will continue to train with the club and we will work closely with the NRL and the RLPA to ensure his wellbeing.”


  1. If Penrith refuse to sack him this week then the big rumor circulating around town is they will be sponsor less before the end of the week🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱

  2. Not withstanding the court process. Innocent until proven guilty. Who on earth could possible contemplate doing this stuff?
    Everything you digitally record ends up on line one way or another. The fact that doing this stuff is illegal it’s also in the poorest taste. It shows people what an immature fool you are and betrayal of the other people unknowingly involved.

  3. Nearly got a cheap team together… all these guys on standown.
    As I saw quip a few years back. “Im glad I did all my stupid stuff before FB”.

  4. Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, I’m gonna get you, too
    Another one bites the dust

  5. Spot on Cookeem

    The great unwashed out there simply do not appreciate the very big and very real dangers of social media. There are some good uses of it but believe me, you play with it at your peril.

  6. Congratulations you now have the (dis)honour of having the stupidest comment on all of ZeroTackle. Victim blaming is a horrible thing.

  7. Is that the reason why you called yourself the Towering Inferno because you can sing Mardi Gras songs😩🤣😆😂😁

  8. Tyrone May – guilty of being stupid. I’d like to see him fight that charge.
    Better get a lawyer son, you’re gunna need a real good one.

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