Yeah, I vaguely recalled the hockey controversy, which sorta shaped my example, but I didn’t remember the outcome. Thanks for the link. From that link (chopped up a bit by me):
The 37-year-old McSorley, one of the league’s most notorious enforcers, testified he tried to hit Brashear in the shoulder to provoke him into fighting and didn’t mean to hit his head.
But Judge William Kitchen disagreed, saying “Brashear was struck as intended.”
McSorley “slashed for the head. A child, swinging as at a tee-ball, would not miss. A housekeeper swinging a carpet-beater would not miss. An NHL player would never, ever miss,” Kitchen said.
The hit came with three seconds left in the game between the Bruins and Canucks.
Brashear’s head hit the ice. He briefly lost consciousness, and had a concussion and memory lapses. He returned to play after several weeks and has fully recovered.
Brashear testified he has no memory of what happened.
Marty McSorley was found guilty of assault with a weapon but won’t be sent to jail for his two-fisted stick attack on an opponent.
McSorley, a 17-year NHL veteran who was with the Boston Bruins at the time, won’t have any charges go on his record as long as he completes 18 months of probation. He was ordered not to play against Brashear during that time, in Canada or the United States.
Players and the NHL say the case shouldn’t have gone to court.
The trial was the first for an on-ice attack by an NHL player since Dino Ciccarelli, then with the Minnesota North Stars, was sentenced in 1988. He received one day in jail and a $1,000 fine for hitting Toronto’s Luke Richardson with his stick.
So an assault that was fully intentional, brutal, and NOT done for game benefit (there was 3 seconds left in the game), which could have killed the guy, and as is, knocked him unconscious and out of the game for several weeks (with who knows what lingering effects), results in just probation. And the NHL and players complain about even that. And there hasn’t been any other such case in the previous 15 years.
If the same attack had occurred outside of a bar at night, the guy does 3-5 years. Why is the hockey rink (football field, pitcher’s mound, etc), exempt from the law, even in the most egregious cases?