Nathan Cleary fined by NSW police

Matt Encarnacion
Penrith's Nathan Cleary has been fined $1000 by police after they reinvestigated his TikTok saga

Nathan Cleary has been fined $1000 by NSW police over the TikTok drama that earned him a two-game ban and $30,000 fine for misleading the NRL integrity unit.

Penrith star Cleary was originally cleared by police of breaking coronavirus restrictions when he was photographed with five women at his home - although the women received $1000 fines for breaching protocols on non-essential travel.

Police reopened their investigation of the incident on Wednesday after a report alleged that Cleary had been out of his home for much of that day and had travelled to pick them up.

Their fine followed within hours.

"Following information received and further inquiries, the man was issued a $1000 penalty infringement notice for non-essential travel via email about 2pm today," a police statement read.

It's the end to a sorry saga for the State of Origin star, who originally received only an NRL fine of $10,000, 60 per cent suspended, and a suspended one-match ban after claiming the women had only dropped by his house for 10 minutes on Anzac Day while waiting for a Uber.

Things went from bad to worse when a video emerged of Cleary in TikTok videos with the group of women and the NRL investigated again, finding he had misled them and imposing the two-game ban and $30,000 fine.

Tyrone May, Cleary's Panthers teammate and housemate, was fined $15,000 by the NRL for his role during the league's investigation.

Penrith had hoped they'd put the matter behind them on Tuesday after accepting the NRL punishments for both players.

Coach Ivan Cleary, Nathan's father, said it was out of character for his son, who has had an unblemished record off the field since his debut in 2016.

"He is very remorseful and he's paying the price," Cleary told the club's website.

"I actually think it could be the making of him, I really do. He's still a young man.

"He knows he's done the wrong thing and he's hurt people.

"In my experience, sometimes the best leadership lessons are done through practising the hard way."