Panthers star Taylan May pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges, Ivan Cleary reacts to Taylan May’s resignation, news

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary gave a cold press conference on Tuesday as he repeatedly shut down questions about 22-year-old star Taylan May’s domestic violence charges.

May pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of stalking or intimidating another person with intent to put him or her in fear of physical or mental harm, after allegations that he beat his wife and then harassed her. .

May will next be cut front in March 2025, and has been stood down under the NRL’s “no-fault stand down” rules.

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The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday that the Panthers have entered talks with the NRL for salary cap relief given May will be unavailable for the remainder of the season (and until his court case is concluded).

But Cleary was in no mood to talk about May at a Panthers news conference.

After being asked if he was disappointed that May was out for the season, Cleary responded, “We already said I’m not going to mention it. “I’m not going to talk about that, friend.”

The questions kept coming and Cleary added: “How many times do I have to say it? “I’m not talking about that.”

As more reporters asked why he wouldn’t talk about a star player’s absence, even aside from talking about the ongoing case, Cleary responded, “It’s a legal matter.”

After yet another question, a member of club staff intervened to say that the club had issued a statement and would not be commenting further.

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