NRL star daughter’s horror at Tyrone May sex tape posts, NRL news, Mark Geyer


NRL legend Mark Geyer’s daughter screamed in shock when alerted to Facebook memes claiming she was the woman depicted in a sex tape that led to criminal charges against current player Tyrone May, a court has heard.

Montanna Geyer is suing the man she believes published the posts on NRL Memes and NRL Quality Memes on March 4, 2019, which left her feeling “completely broken”.

Fouad Ghosn, the defendant, denies he owned the now defunct pages that once boasted tens of thousands of rugby league fans as followers.

Roger Rasmussen, acting for Ms Geyer, told the District Court on Tuesday his client claims Mr Ghosn was responsible for two “widely published” posts shared on the day Penrith Panthers star May’s “notorious” sex scandal emerged.

“The bird in the Tyrone May video is Mark Geyer’s daughter. Happy days at Penrith,” the court heard one caption read.

Another showed a picture of Ms Geyer, taken from her Facebook profile, above a screenshot from the explicit video.

She was not the woman depicted in the video, the court heard, and claims her reputation has been greatly injured.

Ms Geyer is seeking damages and claims the posts defamed her on six grounds, including that she was intimately involved in May’s sex scandal, that she was the woman in the video and that she was an “indecent and lewd person” who allowed May to film her during sex for the purpose of sharing with others.

“All of that is untrue, every last one of it,” Mr Rasmussen said. “And what you won’t hear in this case is a defendant trying to tell you that it’s true.”

Mr Rasmussen said the alleged imputations carried by the memes were “nasty and disgusting and there was never any basis for them”.

Ms Geyer, who was 22 at the time of the posts, told the court she was in her bedroom at the Geyer family house when a friend called to notify her of the first post on NRL Memes.

“As soon as I saw it I screamed, I literally screamed from pure shock,” she said.

“I ran down stairs to my family because I didn’t know what was going on. I was devastated … I was beside myself.”

She said the false allegations led to fears she would be sacked from her new job, and left her feeling “paranoid” and “overwhelmingly anxious” about leaving the house.

On one occasion she recalled a young man approaching her at a bar and saying: “I know who you are. You’re MG’s daughter. You’re the one from the video.”

Hundreds of people sent her messages and follow requests on social media after the posts went live, with some laughing at her, she said.

Ms Geyer told the court she became the “punchline to a joke” among strangers, and believes she has become more reserved and self-conscious since the posts were published.

“No one should have to go through this and have to restore their reputation this way (in court). Because people shouldn’t be allowed to do this to people,” she said.

Her lawyers sent two letters to Mr Ghosn asking for an apology, which never came.

Panthers icon Mr Geyer gave evidence of hearing screams and seeing the “devastation” on his daughter’s face when she ran downstairs clutching her phone on March 4 last year.

He “couldn’t believe” what he was seeing and made phone calls to media figures Ray Hadley and Phil Rothfield for advice on how to “nip it in the bud” before the “mud sticks”.

The premiership winner posted on Facebook asking his followers who ran the NRL Memes page, and told the court “everybody who responded” said it was Fouad Ghosn.

“This is my daughter and the fact she was suggested as even being involved in it made me really angry,” he said.

Mr Rasmussen told the court witness Michael Ippaviz, who has since died, produced a statement including texts from Mr Ghosn in which he claims ownership for NRL Memes.

“I’ve owned NRL Memes since August 2012 and I f***ing created the page,” the court heard he said in texts.

“This all started because I was being a ‘biased Roosters admin’ and banning people from the page.”

The hearing continues.



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AFL 2020: Conor McKenna, return to AFL, Essendon Bombers, Gaelic football, Tyrone, mid-season draft, rookie draft, news


Former Essendon speedster Conor McKenna says his AFL career isn’t “totally done” and would consider a part-time return to the game in the coming years.

The 24-year-old returned home in September and starred playing Gaelic football for county Tyrone, winning the PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Month award but seeing his side eliminated after just three matches.

He is living in Northern Ireland after a difficult 2020 AFL season, which included a positive COVID-19 test.

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Ivan Cleary snubs Brent Naden, Penrith Panthers coach, Melbourne Storm, Tyrone May, rugby league news


A heartbreaking image of shattered Penrith Panthers player Brent Naden has emerged in the wake of the NRL Grand Final.

The 24-year-old is an emotional man. He cried when he made his NRL debut last season and he needed a hug after the Melbourne Storm’s 26-20 win.

Naden had more reason to be upset than most after a questionable – and ruthless – decision to leave him out of the Panthers’ starting team by coach Ivan Cleary.

In the toughest selection call he faced in the finals series, Cleary preferred the defensive prowess of Tyrone May to Naden’s attacking ability in the preliminary final against South Sydney – and was justified as May didn’t put a foot wrong in a 20-16 win.

But despite Naden’s tackle efficiency sitting at a scary low of 68 per cent compared to May’s 89 per cent, there was still an argument for his inclusion for the big dance.

He scored 12 tries in 18 appearances for the Panthers in 2020 where May only scored once in 16 games.

Naden was also something of a good-luck charm as Penrith never lost when he was in the team.

In the build-up to Sunday night’s decider, Robbie Farah said he was “completely shocked” by Cleary’s decision to sit Naden for the entire Rabbitohs contest.

“Tyrone May didn’t put a foot wrong but it’s a different kettle of fish this week coming up against such a powerful opposition centre in Justin Olam,” Farah said. “He’s going to be a handful and Naden’s a bigger body.”

Daily Telegraph journalist Nick Campton was of a similar mind. “I’ve liked Penrith all week but I don’t like the Naden-May switch at all,” he tweeted. “If Naden was good enough all year why isn’t he now?”

There was speculation on game day Naden had been punted from the 17-man squad all together but he was on the bench when the game started.

May was on the field – and within just a few minutes had given away a penalty try to Olam after referees ruled he’d deliberately played at the ball with his boot while the Storm centre was attempting to touch the ball down in the corner.

Cleary’s plans for a sound defensive foundation didn’t exactly pan out as his team trailed 22-0 at halftime.

It only got worse at the start of the second half when Penrith fell behind 26-0 and Cleary finally decided to turn to his castaway.

There were many factors in the Panthers reeling off 20 straight points and almost stealing the game at the death, but the impact of Naden was undeniable.

He gained 76m with just seven carries and provided a spark on the right edge Penrith had been missing.

But there just wasn’t enough time in the game and the man from Wellington in country NSW was left wondering what might have been as he stood wrapped in the arms of a wellwisher post-match.

Sports journalist Ray Gatt was adamant Cleary got it wrong tweeting: “No Naden cost (Penrith). Cleary effed up.”



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NRL 2020: Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm, Grand Final, Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Brent Naden, Tyrone May


It’s the argument that Ivan Cleary’s men have heard all year.

They’re too young. They lack big-game experience. That in the pressure cooker that is sudden-death football, they will crumble.

On Sunday the questions over their temperament and pedigree will no doubt be raised again when they line up against Cameron Smith and the Storm.

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NRL 2020: Brent Naden, Tyrone May, Ivan Cleary, Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs


An hour before the biggest game of his second tenure with the Panthers, Ivan Cleary announced his team to take on the Rabbitohs.

Brent Naden was no longer his right centre, in came Tyrone May.

It could be seen by some as a gamble, a big gamble considering the stage he was on.

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To change the centre you’ve used dating all the way back to Round 8, for a player who has been deployed sparingly, and mainly from the bench in 2020, appeared to be a risk.



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The Phil Gould court reference that broke Tyrone May during Penrith Panthers’ sex tape saga


He was the man in whom May had confided, shedding tears as he faced the prospect of spending time behind bars for decisions many will never forgive him for.

“I will admit this matter has affected me personally,” Gould wrote in a reference he provided to the courts before May’s hearing last year, which was obtained by the Herald.

Tyrone May returned to rugby league after a year out under the NRL’s no-fault stand-down policy.Credit:NRL Photos

“After all we do to try and educate these kids and warn them of the pitfalls, it pains me to see someone like Tyrone let himself down so badly in this regard. Not to mention the embarrassment and pain it has caused these two young ladies.”

In January, May was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and put on a three-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to four counts of intentionally recording an intimate image without consent. Magistrate Robyn Denes described May’s actions as “morally reprehensible” and “criminal”.

Those close to Gould believe the ordeal broke his heart, watching a player he had nurtured from a 15-year-old damage the reputation of himself and the club he had rebuilt. May saw it, too.

“I have to live with that, knowing how much I hurt him after everything he did for me,” May said. “I felt so bad. I felt like shit about it. He backed me so much over the years. He pretty much gave me my debut. I watched a few interviews with him when it happened, and I could see the devastation on his face. He loved this club and he wanted nothing but the best for the club. For that to happen, it killed him.”

Tyrone May with his father growing up in their Tregear housing commission home.

Tyrone May with his father growing up in their Tregear housing commission home.

It is why when May sat down and read the reference Gould provided the court, the regret and shame was amplified.

“Tyrone has always had a difficult relationship with his family. From a welfare perspective, we were always mindful of monitoring Tyrone’s mental wellbeing. The football club and team environment has been essential, supportive and even healing for Tyrone,” Gould wrote in the reference.

“Often Tyrone would be around the Panthers Academy, long after training sessions had finished, or regularly on his days off. We sensed he liked being around the club because it was his family and he had nowhere else to go … I distinctly remember on two separate occasions during team meetings, Tyrone broke down in tears in front of the other players, stating that they were his family and so important to him, because he loved being with them and he hated going home.

“I also learnt that at the time of these incidents, Tyrone had moved himself out of the family home and was living in the lounges at several different friends’ houses, or sometimes even in his own car.”

Tyrone May with his parents and siblings.

Tyrone May with his parents and siblings.

May grew up in a housing commission home in Tregear in Sydney’s west and survived off the bare minimum. It’s why as a 17-year-old he used to wake up at 4.30am each morning and head to work at a pick and pack job at StarTrack in Minchinbury, before heading to school after recess.

“I split my subjects in half and did year 12 over two years,” May said. “I was working before school from 6am til 11.30. I’d then go to school in my work uniform. Look, I never had money growing up, so when you start making sometimes $1000 a week, I thought it was mad.

“I used to rock up to school with a big family feed from El Jannah every day and shout my close mate. I didn’t know how it felt to have money. I’d never had a job.”

May’s desire to earn money would soon affect Cameron Ciraldo, who coached the playmaker in the club’s juniors before working his way up to an NRL assistant.

Tyrone May leaving court last year.

Tyrone May leaving court last year.Credit:AAP

Ciraldo, knowing May’s family background, gave the then 18-year-old his old beat-up Toyota Camry. It was the last time he saw it.

“He knew I had a licence but no car, so he gave me it so I could get from A to B,” May recalled.

“I didn’t have to pay for it, I just had to register it. It was some shitty old Toyota, but I didn’t want to be ungrateful so I took it. One day it was just sitting out the front of my house and someone knocked on the door and offered to buy it. I sold Ciro’s car and he didn’t even know. I got a bit of coin out of it, too. I got $300.

” It ended up popping up in conversation a couple months later and I told him that I’d sold it. Ciro is pretty tight with money so he was cut that I sold it and didn’t give him a share.”

May knows little will change public perception of him given his involvement in the sex tape saga that engulfed the sport before last season. His motivation remains vindicating the support of those who stood by him in his darkest hour.

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“I want to prove a lot of people wrong,” he said. “That I’m not the guy they picture when they hear about me.”

“I just want to make amends for what I did and justify the support people have shown me to help me get through it. It wasn’t that long ago I was sitting in the little cell at Penrith police station. It smelt like piss and shit. I couldn’t help but think that this might soon be my life. I genuinely thought I might be going to jail.

“If it wasn’t for people like Ivan [Cleary], Nathan [Cleary], Gus, Ciro, my old boy … I don’t know where I’d be. Probably back at StarTrack, telling everyone how good I was when I was young and what I could have been. I’d be one of those blokes.”

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NRL 2020: transfer centre, contract news, signings, Tyrone Roberts leaves Gold Coast Titans


The Gold Coast Titans have released former captain Tyrone Roberts after he played just three games for the club this season.

Roberts, who has played 59 games for the Titans across two spells, had limited opportunities in the NRL this season, with coach Justin Holbrook preferring Jamal Fogarty to partner Ash Taylor.

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The 29-year-old playmaker, who signed with the Titans last year after a spell in the Super League with Warrington, joins Nathan Peats in leaving the Titans without a club for 2020.

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NRL 2020: Commentator’s staging accusation on Titans’ Tyrone Peachey


It’s often called gamesmanship but a drama that Australian sport knows all too well — remember the Socceroos’ 2006 World Cup loss to Italy — appears to have further infected the NRL.

The AFL call it staging but it is more commonly known as diving and it appears the Gold Coast Titans’ Tyrone Peachey has offered a doozy in his side’s 18-14 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

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Coming weeks after Storm coach Craig Bellamy cast a huge light on the issue when he accused Eels players of “staying down” in crusher tackles, Peachey tried his luck against the Titans.

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Leading 18-10 and attacking the line, the Titans’ Jamal Fogarty put a kick through with Peachey falling to the ground.



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Commentator’s staging accusation on Titans’ Tyrone Peachey


It’s often called gamesmanship but a drama that Australian sport knows all too well — remember the Socceroos’ 2006 World Cup loss to Italy — appears to have further infected the NRL.

The AFL call it staging but it is more commonly known as diving and it appears the Gold Coast Titans’ Tyrone Peachey has offered a doozy in his side’s 18-14 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

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Coming weeks after Storm coach Craig Bellamy cast a huge light on the issue when he accused Eels players of “staying down” in crusher tackles, Peachey tried his luck against the Titans.

Leading 18-10 and attacking the line, the Titans’ Jamal Fogarty put a kick through with Peachey falling to the ground.

Fox League’s Warren Smith noticed the fallen star and said there could be an issue but Ben Ikin said “I think he’s claiming his was taken off the ball after the kick”.

Upon replay, Peachey went down fairly easy when he ran into the Bulldogs’ Raymond Faitala-Mariner.

“Oh wow. Oh boy,” Ikin laughed.

Smith added: “Quite a reaction from Tyrone Peachey. You can never make too many assumptions but …”

“He must have hit the ground hard,” Ikin said.

Smith finished: “Really hard, like he fell out of a plane hard.”

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“Pretty confident he’ll get back up and into the action,” Ikin said.

Smith also thought he may have seen Peachey’s facade crack.

“Was that a little smile there? Maybe a large smile,” Smith said as he got to his feet.

“Couldn’t hear Chris Sutton said there, but there could have been a little word about gamesmanship and taking a dive potentially from the referee.”

When he got to his feet and the referee spoke to him, he also sprayed water on his shoulder, seemingly suggesting it was troubling him before jogging back to the line smiling.

No one was fooled however with play continuing without a penalty.

But Smith wasn’t going to let it go.

“Tyrone Peachey’s actions there, he might get a letter from the NRL,” he said. “They warned about players staging for penalties not that long ago.”

Peachey then went from the field with Ikin adding he might get a “concerning act notice”.

But Smith wrapped it up saying “I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard a little more about that, it really was Academy Award stuff, wasn’t it?”

On social media, memes were quickly being shared as well as fans calling it “embarrassing”, “as blatant as it gets” and an “audition for the national diving team”.

It was just two weeks ago, who had announced a crackdown on crusher tackles but then had to take a shot at players who may have been laying down to draw penalties, as Storm coach Bellamy had suggested.

“These rules are there for the benefit of players and if players decide – and I‘m not suggesting any of them have – to try and use the rules of the game as a way of gamesmanship or to get some sort of on-field advantage they need to take a serious look at their motivation and objectives,” Annesley said in his weekly Monday briefing on August 24.

“It‘s not what our game should be about. It’s not like a number of other codes around the world where there are serious issues of players playing for penalties, or a benefit on the field.

“Some are almost hilarious how they happen. Our players are better than that and particularly when there are rules put in place specifically to protect them.”

While football is tarred with the diving brush with YouTube littered with Olympic standard efforts, the AFL has been dealing with its own issues in recent memory.

Video emerged earlier this year about Geelong’s rather soft contests earlier in the season, while the Giants’ Callan Ward even reportedly received death threats after being accused of staging in a match against Essendon last month.

Despite cameras catching every second of action and quickly dispelling the most obvious of dives, it appears players are still going to try their luck.



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NRL star Tyrone May opens up on sex tape scandal


NRL star Tyrone May has opened up on the sex tape scandal that nearly ruined his career and sent him to jail.

The Penrith utility pleaded guilty in November last year to four charges of intentionally recording an intimate image without consent.

The videos were filmed in 2018, two of which featured group sex with a teammate. The women involved never consented to being recorded and May was arrested and charged after the footage surfaced during the pre-season ahead of the 2019 campaign.

May was sentenced to 300 hours community service and didn’t play an NRL game last year after being stood down.

Speaking to Seven News, the 24-year-old revealed how the saga impacted his family, in particular his younger sister.

“To tell them when it happened was the hardest thing for me,” May said. “For her to realise that her brother is on TV for what I was on for, that hurt a lot.

“(Jail) was a big thing on my mind, especially when I walked into that courtroom.

“I didn’t realise how much drama and trouble I could cause. Once it’s on the internet, it doesn’t go away.

“If I was the father of a girl and that happened to my daughter I’d be pretty filthy, so I’m honestly sorry.”

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May escaped jail time and was instead given a three-year good behaviour bond.

At his sentencing in January this year, the magistrate slammed the footy star’s “reprehensible” behaviour.

“It’s reprehensible,” magistrate Robyn Denes said. “Not the conduct but Mr May’s conduct in filming it without consent.

“It makes it really simple — if you don’t know they are going to consent, why would you assume they do consent?”

May told Seven it wasn’t fair to suggest his actions were reflective of a wider cultural problem at the Panthers.

He returned to the NRL in 2020 and has played six games this season, making the final 17 in every match since the Panthers’ win over Wests Tigers in Round 8.

He’s come off the bench four times, started at lock once and in the centres most recently for his team’s 28-12 victory over Canberra.

May has racked up four try assists and five line-break assists.



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