We typically prefer our Shark briefly singed on the barbie, just enough to leave some grill marks, but Kevin Proctor of the Gold Coast Suns prefers his sashimi style, raw.
The Suns’ captain was sent off for biting Cronulla Sharks player Shaun Johnson.
Nature of Injury: Bitten in the scrum.
It is not the most glamourous of injuries, but it hurts all the same.
Kevin Proctor intends to deny the charge, but the NRL sent the case to the match review committee and it could determine Proctor’s NRL future.
If found guilty, Kevin Proctor could potentially face a lengthy ban after becoming the first player in the history of the NRL to be sent off for biting.
“Sent off” might be the key information.
Kevin Proctor took the gamble that he could get away with it, which was risky because he is off contract at the end of the season and Gold Coast has not committed to resigning the second-rower.
He will be 32 in February of 2021.
May we be forgiven, but it could be said that Kevin Proctor is a bit long in the tooth.
Kevin Proctor maintained his innocence and said he was being choked by Shaun Johnson’s arm as the two lay tangled on the ground.
Some former players rushed to defend Kevin Proctor, including Brad Fittler, who told Nine Network, “The fact is, his hand’s (Johnson) right in his mouth (Proctor) anyway.”
Shaun Johnson did not view the incident as particularly egregious and said that he would prefer the case against Proctor, Johnson’s close friend and Kiwis teammate.
It comes as no surprise that there have been instances of biting in the past.
James Graham, ironically a former member of the Bulldogs at the time, was banned for 12 games for biting Billy Slater on the ear during the 2012 NRL Grand Final.
He had the nosh with some Fava beans and a nice Chianti.
TAG: Sun Proctor denies biting Shark Johnson in in 30 – 18 loss to Cronulla.