Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon is reportedly considering suing the Melbourne Storm and the NRL over a tackle that ended the 23-year-old’s career.
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The tackle left McKinnon in a wheelchair, and the Sydney Morning Herald reports that he is weighing up a recommendation that he has a strong case to take legal action.
Former Wests Tigers player Jarrod McCracken was awarded $97,000 after winning his case for negligence against the Melbourne Storm and two of its players following a spear tackle during the 2000 season.
McKinnon suffered a broken neck after being on the receiving end of a dangerous throw from the Storm’s Jordan McLean.
McLean was suspended for seven weeks for the incident, with McKinnon suffering two fractured veterbrae.
According to the report, McKinnon is believed to be reluctant to sue due to the NRL and rugby league community’s support and donations.
McKinnon is now working for the Knights in a football-related role.