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Nathan Cleary says victim harassed him ‘all night’ before Taylan May dragged him to the floor

Nathan Cleary says the man who Taylan May dragged to the ground at a Queensland club last year was harassing the Panthers halfback and his teammates “all night” before the winger intervened.

May was subsequently found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm by a Queensland court last week. The NRL then handed May a two-game ban, which he won’t have to serve until next season, plus a $7500 fine.

May has said he was largely defending Cleary when he acted out and dragged the patron to the floor, and while Cleary says he appreciates his teammate’s support, he acknowledged the high standard NRL players are held to when it comes to behaviour in public.

“It was happening all night,” Cleary said of the patron heckling him and his teammates.

“I didn’t think too much of it. It was probably the next day you look back and think something bad could come of it. At the time, I thought…


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