A Queensland supporter held up a #riseforcameron banner last night during State Of Origin, the banner has been widely criticised for being insensitive towards quadriplegic player Alex MacKinnon.
McKinnon was 22 when the Newcastle Knights player was dumped on his dead during a game against Melbourne Storm. He was paralysed and is now a quadriplegic. After the accident, the hashtag #riseforalex trended nationwide.
During a recent 60 Minutes interview with McKinnon accused Melbourne Storm captain and QLD captain Cameron Smith of being insensitive after the tackle and arguing with the referee about the penalty call.
“You see someone with two, four, six, eight, nine people around them and you want to debate about a f—ng penalty?” McKinnon said as he watches the game during the 60 Minutes interview. “Is he still debating? Is he f—ing serious? Wouldn’t you just shut up? It’s f—ing ridiculous.”
The hashtag #riseforcameron is a deliberate dig at what McKinnon said during the interview and the #riseforalex hashtag.
Twitter erupted after the tacky banner was broadcasted during the game.
— Daniel Graham (@mrdanielgraham) July 8, 2015
Yelling ‘Queenslander’ during minutes silence. Now #RiseForCameron distasteful banners. QLD deservedly won series, yet lost all credibility
— Matt Campbell (@Campbo_1990) July 9, 2015
— Jack Hammer (@JackHam38216180) July 9, 2015
anyone that is defending that #riseforcameron sign or is using the hash tag needs to take a good hard look at their humanity. that is all.
— oh errol (@oherrol) July 8, 2015
#riseforcameron is one of the stupidest things ever done by a Qlder. Up there with “I’m against daylight savings, we have enough daylight”
— Brendan Johnson (@the_red_heifer) July 8, 2015
NSW supports need something to complain about after being thrashed so #riseforcameron is it. Whatever gets you through the day, sooks.
— David Bardon (@BardonDave) July 8, 2015
#riseforcameron What a great person Cameron Smith is!
— Weekend King Racing (@WeekendKingRace) July 8, 2015
— Paul J (@paul_jobber23) July 8, 2015
A ‘#RiseForCameron‘ sign. Almost as classy as Cameron Smiths reaction to a man laying paralysed on the ground.
— Gordon Bombay Jr (@davidmNEY) July 8, 2015
— Crystal Clear (@Int0xicL0ve) July 8, 2015
The sign in the crowd that says “#RiseforCameron” is exactly what’s wrong with those north of the border.
— Bryce McCarter (@Brycesrant) July 8, 2015
Anyone see that banner #riseforcameron oops
— WillBird (@Willbird11) July 8, 2015
Look I’ve defended Cameron Smith as much as anyone but the idiot with the #RiseForCameron banner needs to get in the bin
— Matt Bungard (9-7) (@TheMattBungard) July 8, 2015
Click here for the 60 minutes interview with McKinnon.