Jordan McLean gets 7 week suspension for Alex McKinnon throw
MELBOURNE Storm forward Jordan McLean has been suspended for seven weeks after being found guilty of a dangerous throw at the NRL judiciary tonight for his controversial tackle on Newcastle opponent Alex McKinnon, Fairfax has reported.
The Storm player was referred to the judiciary following his lifting tackle on McKinnon which has left the 22-year-old Knights forward with a devastating spinal injury.
NRL prosecutor Peter Kite had asked for a ban of between seven and 11 weeks.
The three-man panel comprising former Test players Bob Lindner, Mal Cochrane and Chris McKenna deliberatied over the punishment for McLean, who sat stone-faced throughout the one-hour hearing at NRL headquarters in Sydney tonight.
It was arguably the most sensitive and emotional judiciary hearing in the NRL's history, with McLean's defence counsel forced to plead his innocence over a tackle that left McKinnon with a broken neck and a long and arduous battle to walk again.