Vancouver authorities have charged hockey player Marty McSorley with assault, sparking an outcry that the law should stay out of sports. WRONG! McSorley assaulted Donald Brashear, plain and simple, and that is a violation of the law. I’m not saying McSorley should be locked up for the rest of his life, I’m saying treat him like any man on the street who clubs another human being over the head with a stick. The viewpoint that laws end where the playing field begins confuses me. It reminds me of those foreign diplomats who could break all traffic laws because they had immunity. (I don’t know if those guys really exist, I just remember all the trouble they gave Ponch and John on “CHiPS”). Hockey is the only team sport in which players are allowed to stop playing and beat on each other without heavy fines and suspension. Don’t try to tell me fighting is part of a physical game. Football players don’t fight. So throw the book at McSorley. And the next time two guys drop the gloves, don’t send them to the penalty box. Send them to jail.
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