Two Penrith Panthers players have been identified in an apparent sex tape just days after teammate Tyrone May was pulled from a pre-season appearance over his own alleged involvement in an explicit video.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the club and the NRL Integrity Unit are both aware of the latest tape, which purportedly shows two Panthers players and a woman engaging in sexual intercourse.
While the paper claims to be aware of the players’ identities, it has not made them known, suffice to say May does not feature in the new footage.
The new tape is not thought to contain any criminal conduct, but its emergence is just the latest in a string of high-profile incidents which have forced a response from club and league figures.
Speaking on the matter today, Panthers winger Josh Mansour targeted the as-yet unknown source of the leaked footage.
“Unfortunately, it’s the day and age we live in. We’ve just got to deal with it and fast because we don’t want it to derail our season,” Mansour said.
“I think if one person goes through it we’re all affected by that one individual but in saying that these things happen, we don’t live in a perfect world.”
Speaking on Saturday after the emergence of the May footage, Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher said the club “wishes to unreservedly apologise to the club’s members, fans and sponsors for the hurt and embarrassment caused by the videos and subsequent media coverage.”
May was kept off the team sheet during the Panthers’ 20-0 loss to the Parramatta Eels on Sunday due to the ongoing Integrity Unit investigation.
The Sunday Telegraph reports May could be heard calling a woman a “fucking ratbag” and pushing on the back of a woman’s head in the nine-month-old video. Again, there is no suggestion the video contains illegal activity.
A disciplinary decision on May is expected to arrive by Tuesday.