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NRL star opens up on sex tape scandal

NRL star Tyrone May has opened up on the sex tape scandal that nearly ruined his career and sent him to jail.

The Penrith utility pleaded guilty in November last year to four charges of intentionally recording an intimate image without consent.

The videos were filmed in 2018, two of which featured group sex with a teammate. The women involved never consented to being recorded and May was arrested and charged after the footage surfaced during the pre-season ahead of the 2019 campaign.

May was sentenced to 300 hours community service and didn’t play an NRL game last year after being stood down.

Speaking to Seven News, the 24-year-old broke down in tears when revealing how the saga impacted his family, in particular his younger sister.

“To tell them when it happened was the hardest thing for me,” May said. “For her to realise that her brother is on TV for what I was on for, that hurt a lot.

“(Jail) was a big thing on my mind, especially when I walked into that courtroom.

“I didn’t realise how much drama and trouble I could cause. Once it’s on the internet, it doesn’t go away.

“If I was the father of a girl and that happened to my daughter I’d be pretty filthy, so I’m honestly sorry.”

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Tyrone May (right) is back on the field.Source:News Corp Australia

May escaped jail time and was instead given a three-year good behaviour bond.

At his sentencing in January this year, the magistrate slammed the footy star’s “reprehensible” behaviour.

“It’s reprehensible,” magistrate Robyn Denes said. “Not the conduct but Mr May’s conduct in filming it without consent.

“It makes it really simple — if you don’t know they are going to consent, why would you assume they do consent?”

May told Seven it wasn’t fair to suggest his actions were reflective of a wider cultural problem at the Panthers.

He returned to the NRL in 2020 and has played six games this season, making the final 17 in every match since the Panthers’ win over Wests Tigers in Round 8.

He’s come off the bench four times, started at lock once and in the centres most recently for his team’s 28-12 victory over Canberra.

May has racked up four try assists and five line-break assists.

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