NRL News: Panther in strife for speeding video, Dolphins’ cannabis sponsor raises alarms, Dragons close in on rising star


Penrith centre Taylan May could face sanctions from his club and the NRL after posting a video of a car speeding in a residential area.

May posted the clip of someone driving an Audi at more than 90km/h in a residential area and although he is not the driver in question or accused of breaking the law himself, the fact that he has posted it on his social media account is not a good look.

After hitting the brakes abruptly when the car approaches a pedestrian crossing, a passenger is heard saying “holy moly, bra”.

NewsCorp has reported the NRL Integrity Unit is looking into the video, which was posted by May a week ago, on Instagram.

Penrith had the bye on the weekend but May is set to line up for Saturday’s stoush with the Wests Tigers at Bathurst.

Dolphins cannabis deal sets off alarm

The Dolphins could have a sponsorship deal with Alternaleaf torn up as the deal with the medicine clinic may be in breach of the Therapeutic Goods Act.

A two-year deal with the sponsor was announced last month and Alternaleaf’s logo has appeared on the team’s jerseys and in signage at home games but according to a Sydney Morning Herald report, the partnership could flame out.

Medicinal cannabis is legal but the Therapeutic Good Administration bans advertising of prescription medicine or constultations so the NRL may be forced to veto the deal.

“Partnerships between sport teams and entities involved in the supply of medicinal cannabis are not prohibited by the Act, however the advertising of medicinal cannabis, as prescription medicines, to the public is prohibited,” the TGA said in a statement to the SMH.

With the logo being visible in broadcasts and on the jersey, this could be seen as a breach of the rules.

Panthers face fight to keep Turuva

St George Illawarra and Newcastle are splashing the cash to pry Sunia Turuva away from Penrith with the premiers virtually conceding they will not be able to match the lucrative offers for the NRL Rookie of the Year.

The 2023 premiership-winning winger, who has already declared Penrith ‘home’, is off contract at the end of the current season.

But he has been linked with a move to the Dragons, who have space in their backline and the money to offer a pay rise having announced Zac Lomax will leave the club in 2025.

Turuva, 21, is not the first faced with a decision between a beefier pay packet and the chance for more success at the Panthers with several stars leaving the club in recent seasons.

The Dragons have put a three-year deal which is significantly higher than Penrith’s best offer and could also dangle the possibility of playing fullback to Turuva, a position which is locked up at the Panthers by club stalwart Dylan Edwards.

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