Fans have backlashed against Alex McKinnon after he reportedly hired a legal team last week.
It is rumoured that McKinnon is contemplating suing the NRL and Melbourne Storm after suffering a neck injury last year which left him unable to walk.
Fans have been left angered by the possibility of McKinnon taking legal action after supporters raised $1.1 million for the former Newcastle forward in last year’s Rise for Alex campaign.
Despite the generosity of supporters and the NRL, these funds cannot compensate McKinnon for the wages he would have earned playing league and the medical bills he faces.
It is thought that McKinnon would have a strong legal case especially after former West Tigers’ captain Jarrod McCracken successfully sued the Melbourne Storm in 2006. McCracken had his career end prematurely after a dangerous tackle by Stephen Kearney and Marcus Bai.
Earlier this week McKinnon persuaded the NRL to change the Rise for Alex round to benefit all rugby league players suffering long term effects from horrific playing injuries.
If Alex McKinnon does pursue financial compensation, his work in helping all players suffering from catastrophic injuries rather than just himself, should make fans appreciate his integrity.