Sports figures are above the law. They are allowed to openly commit assault and battery with no criminal ramifications.
I submit to you, that if I stood up in the stands at an…
game and punched the guy sitting next to me, and a law enforcement officer witnessed it, I would be cuffed and stuffed.
Depending on the severity of my action, I would be charged with simple assault or assault and battery at the very least. I would spend the next
several hours being booked, printed and posting bail. Later in the month, I would appear before a judge and likely be fined and/or incarcerated.
Either way, I would have criminal record.
Given that the players are men, and I am a man. The players are members of the same society that I am. The players are not granted any immunity from
the laws that govern my behavior, I have to ask why they don’t meet with the same fate I would. If a law enforcement officer sees an assault on the
field (and they do), why doesn’t he walk out there and arrest/cuff and stuff the player? Why are they not arrested even after the fact based on the
videos? Videos of assaults by normal citizens result in arrest and charges.
Now, there are those that will say that fighting is part of the game of hockey, and admittedly it is the whole game in boxing and martial arts. That
said, I think there is a difference. The NHL (at least on the outside) fines and suspends, so they seem to be saying they don’t support it.
There are also those that will argue that it’s the heat of the game that causes it, and it should be ignored. If that’s the case, shouldn’t the
fan be afforded the same luxury?
From a societal standpoint, I believe we are teaching violence in the USA. Something as simple as a sporting event is an indoctrination into
accepting violence as the status quo.
The men in these videos are paid copious amounts of money to play the game. And with that in mind, I have to wonder is the violence part of the game?
Are they told by coaches / owners to create a situation that ends in a fight, just to sell seats…or increase viewer ratings?
What are we going to do as it migrates into college and high school and grade school sports. Are we going to be appalled? It is making it’s way
into those younger arenas. I would say pervasively. Sometimes the fathers, and in some cases the mothers are bringing it with them. Hell even the
cheerleaders are getting into it.
Granted this wasn’t in a game situation, and the perpetrators were arrested, but it was the sport/game that precipitated it.
Come on ATS make me think about this some more!