Chew on that - Bulldog biter lands eight weeks
BULLDOGS forward Brad Morrin was last night suspended for eight games by the NRL Judiciary for biting Parramatta centre Timana Tahu last Friday.
The ban ends any chance of Morrin playing again this NRL season.
The judiciary panel - made up of former players Mark Coyne, Royce Ayliffe and Bob Lindner - took 15 minutes before handing down their punishment.
The judiciary's decision to suspend Morrin for eight matches means he will not play again this season even if the Bulldogs manage to reach the grand final.
NRL prosecutor Peter Kite had suggested an 8-10 week ban for Morrin while the Bulldogs defence counsel Jim Hall asked for the panel to consider only a three to four week suspension.
Hall argued that Morrin had been the victim of a "classic spear tackle" from Tahu and Nathan Hindmarsh, with his head forcefully slammed into the ground.
Morrin said he felt "pain down his neck and shoulder blades" from the tackle and rated it "the worst I have ever felt".
The Bulldog admitted he was embarrassed by the incident and said he immediately apologised to Tahu after the game.
"I'm more than embarrassed. In the heat of the moment I did it out of frustration," Morrin told the judiciary.
"Straight after the game I went and apologised and he accepted the apology and told me not to worry about it. "I will never do anything like that again."
The suspension equals the worst for biting in the history of the NRL, with Canterbury centre Jarrod McCracken suspended for eight matches in 1991 for biting South Sydney's Ross Harrington.
In 1945 St George front-rower Bill McRitchie has part of his right ear bitten off in a scrum against Newtown at Henson Park.
He spent the next 22 weeks in hospital undergoing skin grafts.
An inquiry dragged on for six months with McRitchie accusing Newtown prop Frank "Bumper" Farrell of biting him.