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Penrith Panthers NRL bad boy Tyrone May to fight for his career over tasteless social media post 

The NRL future of footy bad boy Tyrone May is on a knife-edge over a grand final post making light of a sex tape scandal that sidelined him for an entire season.

He narrowly avoided a conviction last year for recording two women having sex with him without their consent, then sharing the videos online. 

The Penrith Panthers utility was ordered to a club board meeting next week to explain his post hours after the team's victory over South Sydney.

May, 25, in an Instagram post called out those who 'threw dirt' on his name as he was hauled through court for his disgusting actions, as he thanked coach Ivan Cleary and his family for their support. 

Tyrone May (pictured left with Indi Cleary) will be fighting to save his career at the Panthers when he faces the club board next Wednesday

He quoted lyrics from rapper Drake's hit Fair Trade and referred his case as he uploaded a photo of himself being supported by Cleary outside court in 2019.

'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 captioned the post. 

May was stood down by the Panthers last week and was issued with a show cause notice over the serious breach of his contract.

He now faces having his $250,000 contract being ripped up unless he can convince Penrith to keep him on.

'At today's meeting of the Panthers board of directors it was determined May's conduct constituted a serious breach of his NRL playing contract,' the club said in a statement on Wednesday.

'In accordance with disciplinary protocol, May will have the opportunity to appear before the board next Wednesday before a sanction is imposed.

'Panthers will make no further comment until the matter is finalised.'

The Panthers say that this post uploaded by Tyrone May after the grand final  constituted a serious breach of his NRL playing contract

May came off the bench during the Panthers' 14-12 grand final win against South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, the club's third premiership in 54 years.

He copped widespread backlash over the tasteless post and has since taken down his Instagram account.

He has already been fined $7,500 by the NRL over the post which 'did not align with the values of the game' as he made reference to his guilty verdict for recording an intimate image without consent.

He has a close bond with the tight-knit Cleary family including his coach Ivan and teammate Nathan, who have stood by him during his legal dramas in recent years.  

Tyrone May's future with the Penrith Panthers is on the lone, despite his close bond with coach Ivan Cleary (right) who supported him in court during his legal dramas

Tyrone May (pictured centre) is in hot water over his conduct on social media following the Panthers grand final win

May missed the entire 2019 season after being suspended by the NRL's controversial no-fault stand down policy while facing charges over leaking the sex tapes.

He was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and placed on a three-year good behaviour bond in January 2020.

The Penrith star was supported in court by the Clearys as he pleaded guilty to four charges of disseminating images and recording images without consent.

May was charged after he filmed a sexual act with a woman at Coffs Harbour in February 2018.

He also filmed a sexual act with another woman in Kingswood in May 2018.

Magistrate Robyn Denes described his behaviour as 'morally reprehensible'.

May (middle) uploaded a photo of himself being supported by coach Ivan Cleary (left) outside court in 2019.

May and Panthers teammate Nathan Cleary were also in hot water for giving free grand final tickets to three mates who allegedly sneaked into Queensland illegally using fake Covid exemption passes.

The pair were reportedly interviewed for three hours before the NRL Integrity Unit acknowledged the players were unaware of their friends' actions and escaped punishment.

Their three friends were each fined $4,135 for arriving in the state through the M1 on the Gold Coast with incorrect border passes.

May has played 56 NRL games since making his debut for the Panthers in 2017.