Panthers rookie Taylan May has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in regards to incident that took place in southeast Queensland last November.

Penrith confirmed on Wednesday night that the club was made aware of the matter at the time and informed the NRL’s integrity unit, however no disciplinary action has been taken.

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“Penrith Panthers can confirm that Queensland Police have charged player Taylan May with assault occasioning bodily harm,” a club statement read.

“The charge relates to an incident that occurred in November 2021, while May was on leave following the 2021 NRL season.

“The club was made aware of the incident at the time, informed the NRL Integrity Unit and undertook an investigation into the matter.

“The club subsequently implemented disciplinary measures against May, while giving fair consideration to the circumstances of the incident, and deemed the matter finalised.


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“The NRL has not imposed any disciplinary measures against May, therefore he is eligible for NRL selection.

“As the matter is now before the courts, the club will make no further comment until those proceedings have concluded.”

May, 20, made his NRL debut in Round 21 last year. He has featured in Penrith’s 17 for the last two weeks and has been named to face the Bulldogs this Sunday.

He is the younger brother of former Panthers player, Tyrone, who was let go by the club after his controversial post on Instagram following last year’s grand final.

Tyrone — who is now playing in the Super League — was also at the centre of the Panthers sex tape scandal. He was sentenced to a three-year community corrections order.

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