King pleads guilty to 'hip drop' ahead of judiciary hearing

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Melbourne forward Max King has been referred straight to the judiciary after his controversial 'hip drop' tackle against the Dragons in the final match of the last round of the 2020 season at Kogarah on Sunday.
Melbourne prop Max King has pleaded guilty to the "hip drop" charge made against him by the match review committee as the NRL considers further increasing penalties to eradicate the move from the game.

King and the Storm on Tuesday entered the plea, with Tuesday night's judiciary hearing to now determine a grading and subsequent penalty.

King's tackle has kicked off the seemingly annual September wrestling drama that engulfs the Storm, with Craig Bellamy blasting Fox Sports' pundit Greg Alexander's suggestion that King had "intent to injure" as ridiculous when Lawrie was twisted awkwardly on Sunday.

The judiciary referral gives the panel scope to deliver King a charge beyond Grade 3 Dangerous Contact, though they may also deem it worthy of a lesser charge.

King placed on report for tackle on Lawrie

Teammate Tui Kamikamica on Tuesday entered an early guilty plea to the grade two dangerous contact charge made against him.

He will now miss Saturday's qualifying final against Parramatta. He was cited for a shoulder charge on Dragons rookie Jayden Sullivan.

The suspension news looms as a blow ahead of the meeting with Parramatta given NSW Origin star Dale Finucane (calf) is understood to be another week away from returning to the paddock.

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