UPDATED 02/04: Jordan McLean found guilty of ‘dangerous throw’ on Alex McKinnon
Melbourne Storm player Jordan McLean has been found guilty of a ‘dangerous throw’ against Alex McKinnon, for the tackle that left McKinnon a possible paraplegic.
The ruling was made by a three-man NRL judiciary panel consisting of ex-players Bob Lindner, Mal Cochrane and Chris McKenna.
The panel are hearing further submissions as to the penalty that McLean should receive.
NRL counsel are asking for a penalty of seven to 11 weeks. This proposal takes into account the classification of the tackle as a ‘dangerous throw’, as well as the seriousness of McKinnon’s injury.
It’s impossible to fathom.
A young man with his life at his feet – doing the job he dreamed of.
Ready for stardom. Love. Life. A prestigious career as a professional athlete.
But for Newcastle Knights back-rower Alex McKinnon, life has taken a turn no-one could have ever predicted.
The 22-year-old has been told by doctors that he may never walk again – and will live life as a quadriplegic.
The upcoming young footballer was injured in a game against Melbourne Storm after a tackle broke two of his vertebrae eight days ago.
Nine News revealed last night that Alex McKinnon has undergone surgery to fuse his C4 and C5 vertebrae together.
And has since been woken from his induced coma and given the tragic news.
The NRL hesitantly commented on the Nine News report, with NRL spokeperson Sandy Olsen stating, “I understand this has been reported on Channel 9 but we’ve not received this advice by the Knights or Alex’s family in regards to these reports.”