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McLean found guilty of dangerous throw

The three-man panel comprising former Test players Bob Lindner, Mal Cochrane and Chris McKenna are now deliberating over punishment for McLean, who sat stone-faced throughout the one-hour hearing at NRL headquarters in Sydney on Wednesday night
McLean found guilty of dangerous throw
by AAP

The three-man panel comprising former Test players Bob Lindner, Mal Cochrane and Chris McKenna are now deliberating over punishment for McLean, who sat stone-faced throughout the one-hour hearing at NRL headquarters in Sydney on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old refused to watch any of the more than 30 replays of the three-man tackle gone wrong that were shown over and over from eight different camera angles.

McKinnon remains in Melbourne's The Alfred hospital in a serious but stable condition with a broken neck and facing the possibility of never being able to walk again.

The 22-year-old was brought out of an induced coma at the weekend following surgery last Tuesday for damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae.

He has been conscious since and began communicating with his family on Sunday after his assisted ventilation was removed.

McLean's lawyer Nick Ghabar pleaded not guilty to the dangerous throw charge levelled against the 22-year-old, arguing McKinnon had been the victim of a "terrible and tragic accident".


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