Taylan May: Penrith Panthers player arrested over allegations he punched and kicked a


  • NRL star Taylan May, 22, arrested on Saturday morning
  • In relation to alleged domestic violence incident
  • Granted bail, will appear in court on May 28

NRL star Taylan May will face court later this month after being arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning over an alleged domestic violence incident involving his partner which allegedly took place in April.

NSW Police confirmed at about 5am on Saturday, a man, 22, was arrested at an address near Penrith in relation to an alleged domestic violence incident which occurred last month.

‘Police were told about 9pm on Monday 8 April 2024, the man allegedly assaulted a woman known to him during an argument at a home in Werrington,’ a statement read.

‘It is alleged he punched her in the face and leg.

‘The man was taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV), and two counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (DV).’

NRL star Taylan May will face court on May 28 after being arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning over an alleged domestic violence incident which allegedly took place in April involving his partner

NRL star Taylan May will face court on May 28 after being arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning over an alleged domestic violence incident which allegedly took place in April involving his partner

The winger made his NRL debut in 2021 and has been a key player for the Panthers (pictured)

The winger made his NRL debut in 2021 and has been a key player for the Panthers (pictured)

May also raised eyebrows recently following his neck tattoo featuring his surname (pictured)

May also raised eyebrows recently following his neck tattoo featuring his surname (pictured)

May was granted conditional bail and will appear before Penrith Local Court on May 28. 

May, 22, signed a contract extension in March earlier this year, committing to Penrith until at least the end of 2026.

He won’t feature this weekend in Brisbane during the NRL’s Magic Round. 

The Panthers released a statement on Saturday as news of May’s arrest became public.

‘Penrith Panthers are aware of an alleged incident regarding player Taylan May, which has resulted in police charges.

‘Panthers has informed the NRL Integrity Unit and will cooperate throughout the process.

‘As this is a legal matter, the club will make no further comment at this stage.’

Earlier this month, May revealed why he has the word ‘pain’ tattooed under his right eye.

‘It’s basically a bit of a message for everything I’ve been through,’ May told the Sydney Morning Herald.

May also provided a major talking point with footy fans in March following this hit on Broncos fullback Reece Walsh (pictured)

May also provided a major talking point with footy fans in March following this hit on Broncos fullback Reece Walsh (pictured)

May also attracted headlines earlier this year after posting a video to social media that appears to show him in a car doing almost double the speed limit in a Sydney residential area

May also attracted headlines earlier this year after posting a video to social media that appears to show him in a car doing almost double the speed limit in a Sydney residential area

He then publicly weighed into the drama involving rugby league commentator Paul Kent outside a Rozelle pub (pictured)

He then publicly weighed into the drama involving rugby league commentator Paul Kent outside a Rozelle pub (pictured)

‘Growing up, the trauma….I was in housing commission my whole life, except for last year when my parents bought a house. It was a tough upbringing.’

May also went onto explain why he got his surname tattooed on his neck.

‘I got this during our week off a few weeks ago,’ he said. ‘I got mate’s rates. I don’t like fitting into society’s agenda. I like to be different. That’s the reason behind it.

‘I have no regrets. I am what I am.’

May attracted headlines earlier this year after posting a video to social media that appears to show him in a car doing almost double the speed limit in a  residential area.

A link to the Sydney-based Ruthless Rentals car hire business was added to the footage, with distinctive tattoos on the driver’s left arm proving May is not behind the wheel.

The Instagram accounts for both May and Ruthless Rentals were later taken down, with the NRL Integrity Unit and Penrith following up on it.

‘I’ve put myself in other people’s shoes,’ May said of the incident. ‘I was in the car, but I wasn’t driving – I can’t say who was driving.

‘I didn’t think there was [much in it] but that’s the world we live in. We are high-profile [NRL players], so any little thing [becomes a story]. I heard I was under investigation, but I didn’t read into it much.

‘I’m back on social media now. I needed a reset. I’ll do it here and there. I don’t like to see all the negative stuff. I know that’s what comes with it.’



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