The magistrate in the Tyrone May sex tape case has disqualified himself from the case "for the sake of fairness to all".
Magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt revealed his father, John Hiatt served as the deputy chairman of the Penrith Panthers until 2015.
The case has been adjourned until June 17.
May remains on bail after facing a Sydney court on charges of recording and distributing sexual acts without consent.
Police allege May filmed two women without their knowledge while they engaged in sexual acts with him on separate occasions.
Both women were unaware they were being filmed and did not consent to the recording or its distribution, detectives have said.
May was stood down under the NRL's controversial "no fault" stand down policy for those facing serious criminal charges.