Rising Panthers star Taylan May has been found guilty of assaulting a young fan while celebrating the Penrith Grand Final.
The 21-year-old was with his Panthers teammates Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai and May Tyrone’s brother at Duporth Tavern, Maroochydore on October 8, 2021 when the incident happened.
During the hearing, the court heard that Cleary had approached an 18-year-old man who had previously taken video of him and wanted it taken down.
CCTV footage shown in court showed May walking behind the man as he spoke with Cleary and Tyrone May.
He can then be seen grabbing the man by the collar of his shirt and pulling him to the ground.
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The man hit his head on the ground during the altercation and sprained his neck.
May pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault causing bodily harm.
On Wednesday, Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin called May’s actions “reprehensible” and “cowardly”. He ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution to the victim and a $1,000 fine. He did not register a conviction against him.
May was not released from his role by the Panthers after the incident or during the legal proceedings.
“The Panthers have worked closely with the NRL’s Integrity Unit throughout the legal proceedings, and the club will continue to do so,” a club statement read.
“The club will not comment further on this at this time.”