Right now my back is feeling a bit out, like I have twisted a muscle or something, but I am not feeling too sorry for myself here, because thoughts of what Newcastle Knights forward ALEX MCKINNON is going through at present & what he faces for the rest of his life makes my minor ailment seem as bad as being bitten by a mosquitoe.
All because of one tackle gone horribly wrong in the Knights versus Melbourne Storm game which he tragically played in and what has changed his life forever, McKinnon is paralysed from the shoulders down, he is a quadriplegic after breaking two vertebrae, and barring a medical miracle he will be spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
In a split second, three Melbourne Storm players brought down this big strapping rugby league forward and by pure back luck for the most part, McKinnon’s head took the full brunt of all the three players after he was tackled by one of them in the over horizontal position, meaning McKinnon’s legs were upended above the level of his torso as he was in mid air.
Of course thousands of the same sort of tackles had been going on week in and week out across Australia in not just the NRL but in every rugby league competition, all the way down to school boy comps. There is such a thing as bad luck and sadly for Alex McKinnon everything that could go wrong with a tackle did, but for my mind not only should over hozizontal tackles be banned, as the NRL has now done, but all tackles involving three or more players should be outlawed from the game as well.