DECEMBER 19 2016 - 8:53AM
Alex McKinnon sues NRL after tackle left him paralysed
Former Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon has reportedly launched legal proceedings against the NRL for the tackle that left him paralysed in 2014.
According to News Corp, McKinnon sent a legal letter to the NRL last week to instigate proceedings for compensation. It is reported that Melbourne Storm’s Jordan McLean, who made the tackle, will also be personally pursued.
McLean was suspended for seven-games for the dangerous throw that led to McKinnon’s paralysis.
He is currently employed indirectly by the NRL, as he works in player-recruitment for the NRL-owned Knights.
It is believed that NRL chief Todd Greenberg was made aware of a compensation claim six weeks ago in a meeting with McKinnon. He reportedly told McKinnon to “do what you have to do” during the meeting, which was reported as cordial.
At the time of his injury, then NRL boss Dave Smith promised McKinnon a job in rugby league for life.
It is an unprecedented move to launch legal proceedings against a governing body for compensation for an injury suffered in the sport. Individual players have been pursued in the past, but never the NRL as a body.
The Melbourne Storm have also been made aware of the letter to the NRL and the impending lawsuit.
It is the second lawsuit to make headlines this week, after Cronulla Sharks veteran Anthony Tupou joined ex-teammates in suing the premiers for the 2011 supplement scandal.
He joins Ben Pomeroy, Albert Kelly, Dean Collis, Broderick Wright, Josh Cordoba, Isaac Gordon, Paul Aiton, Nathan Gardner, Stewart Mills, Nathan Stapleton and Stuart Flanagan; none of whom are still contracted to the club.