NRL player Tyrone May will miss more NRL games after a TikTok video revealed his involvement in a social distancing breach, and this has earned him a second nomination for The Frownlow Medal.
May has been suspended for two games from the NRL competition, which is scheduled to resume on May 28, but was already suspended for his role in a sex tape scandal in 2019. The sex tape scandal created massive off-field drama for the Penrith Panthers and earned May his first Frownlow nomination.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL player Ben Barba is the most recent recipient.
May shares a house with Panthers teammate Nathan Cleary, who appeared in a TikTok video dancing with a group of young women in their house during the COVID19 pandemic, in clear breach of social distancing regulations. May does not appear in the video, but he was punished for gathering in a large group, and for failing to cooperate with the NRL Integrity Unit when the issue first arose.
Fortunately for the young women, May did not invite them to appear in a video of his making, even though it would obviously have been very tasteful.
May will now have more time to study video production and editing while he sits out a large proportion of an already shortened NRL season.