NRL Prime Minister Nathan Cleary spotted for the first time since he was dragged into Qld border crossing
The premiership celebration continues for Nathan Cleary a week after he sent the Penrith Panthers to victory in the NRL grand final.
The Clive Churchill Medal winner remains in Queensland with teammates following the Panthers’ thrilling 14-12 win against South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium to claim the club’s third premiership.
The son of Panthers coach Ivan Cleary remains in the headlines after he was dragged into an alleged border crossing by three Sydney men sneaking into Queensland for the NRL decider.
Cleary’s sister Indi and his Panthers teammate Tyrone May also started the rumor mill last week with cryptic Instagram posts about each other.
Cleary, 23, was spotted Saturday night at trendy beachside restaurant bar Burleigh Pavilion on the Gold Coast, a day after the NRL confirmed he will be questioned by the Integrity Unit.
Nathan Cleary was spotted with friends Saturday night posing for photos outside the Burleigh Pavilion on the Gold Coast
Wearing a rock star Drake T-shirt and ripped denim shorts, a carefree Cleary was pictured outside the venue with friends, where he happily posed for photos with fans.
The security staff also wanted to shake hands with the premiership hero.
The following night, Cleary posted Instagram Stories to celebrate with his Panthers teammates and Brisbane Lions AFL star Charlie Cameron.
The NRL has confirmed that the NSW Origin will be approached halfback by the code’s Integrity Unit over reports that three men allegedly crossing the Sydney border were his friends.
The men, aged 23, 24 and 25, were said to have driven from Sydney to Queensland shortly after 2.30pm on Saturday with incorrect border passes for the grand final the following night.
The trio are said to have been arrested after photos on social media showed they were partying in the Sunshine State.
Nathan Cleary (pictured) was spotted in Burleigh Pavilion a day after being dragged to an alleged border crossing by three men from Sydney. Daily Mail Australia does not suggest Cleary was aware of the alleged border crossing.
They were eventually fined $4,135 by Queensland Police for violating Covid-19 health regulations.
“I am extremely disappointed and I hope it sends a clear signal to other people that this is not acceptable,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath told reporters.
“You know, no matter what fine we give you, I think the public will judge you for that behavior.”
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest Cleary was aware of the alleged border crossing.
The The rumor mill was spinning last week after Indi Cleary, the daughter of Panther coach Ivan and younger sister of teammate Nathan, posted an Instagram photo with Panthers bad boy Tyrone May.
“My king,” she captioned the photo.
The 25-year-old prime minister reposted the photo of himself and Indi, 22, whom he proclaimed as ‘My Queen’.
Burleigh Pavilion security personnel were eager to meet and shake hands with NRL premiership hero Nathan Cleary (right)
On Sunday, Cleary posted Instagram stories to celebrate with his Panthers teammates (left) and Brisbane Lions AFL star Charlie Cameron (right)
Earlier this week, Indi shared another photo posing with May and the Provan-Summons trophy in the Panthers locker room after Sunday night’s big win.
“BFF,” she captioned the photo.
Indi has also shared photos with the partners of her brother’s teammates in recent days.
A Panthers official told the Daily Telegraph that she and May are not dating and are just “good friends.”
May caused more headaches off the field for the Panthers on Friday when he made a racist comment while appearing on Instagram Live with a teammate.
These cryptic messages fueled speculation that Tyrone May is dating Indi Cleary, the sister of his Penrith Panthers teammate. A club official later denied the rumors, claiming they were just friends
A year after experiencing a major heartbreak in the final, Cleary was one of the stars in this year’s NRL decision, awarding the Clive Churchill Medal as the best player on the scene.
He documented the team’s wild celebrations after the game on social media, which: ended up on a Sunshine Coast beach the next morning, drinking beer while watching the sunrise, along with the premiership trophy.
The Panthers are now under investigation for major damage reportedly done to the trophy during last week’s post-season celebrations.
Nathan Cleary (right) has been celebrating the Panthers Prime Minister’s victory over the past week