McLean to sit out seven weeks for devastating McKinnon tackle

MELBOURNE Storm player Jordan McLean will spend seven weeks on the sideline after the NRL judiciary came down hard for a lifting tackle on Newcastle’s Alex McKinnon.

The awkward three-man tackle left the Knights back-rower with a devastating spinal injury and the possibility he may never walk again.

According to Wide World of Sports, last night a three-man panel comprising former Test players Bob Lindner, Mal Cochrane and Chris McKenna took less than 10 minutes to find McLean guilty of a dangerous throw charge.


McLean sat stone-faced throughout the one-hour hearing at league headquarters in Sydney, refusing to watch any of the more than 30 replays of the tackle that were shown over and over from eight different camera angles.

His lawyer Nick Ghabar had pleaded not guilty to the dangerous throw charge, arguing McKinnon had been the victim of a “terrible and tragic accident” and urged the panel to remove any emotion from the case.

The Storm is considering appealing the hefty suspension, but McLean won’t play against the Gold Coast in Melbourne this Sunday.