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Dustin Byfuglien Reaches Plea Agreement

from James Turner of the Winnipeg Sun,

Winnipeg Jets star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has pleaded guilty to careless boating after reaching a deal with Minnesota prosecutors where any alcohol or drug-related intoxication-related charges he faced were thrown out.

Byfuglien entered his plea Monday morning in a Minneapolis courtroom, moments before his jury trial was set to begin.

Judge Ronald Abrams sentenced the Stanley Cup-winning player to 30 days of community service. Abrams suspended 28 of them for a period of a year, leaving Byfuglien to serve two days.

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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

what a joke, so if your a hockey player, you don’t have to obey the law, because at most you will only get a slap on the wrist.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 07/23/12 at 03:35 PM ET

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Let me start off by saying that I’ve read a few articles on this now and that I’m a firm believer in keeping NHL players’ personal lives off the ice. Suspensions, NHL fines, and the like shouldn’t be a part of this in my opinion. Also, shame on the media outlets that leech onto the players personal lives and put it under a microscope. If you aren’t earning as much or more than they are annually, then you have absolutely no idea what kind of people, circumstances, and situations you would face that could eventually land you in the same position.

That being said, I myself have been in a VERY similar situation as far as the charges go and how he went about getting them. I had a well paid attorney by my side and I didn’t fare nearly as well as he did. Unless there’s more to this that I haven’t heard about, he was DEFINITELY given special treatment due to his status as an NHL player (no matter how many times the judge says its important that he be treated the same as anyone else). He was not. That, in my opinion is what is wrong with this.

Posted by Byron from Atlanta, GA on 07/23/12 at 06:18 PM ET

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whoppdedoo, he broke the law, and he got exposed the media. GUESS WHAT, that comes with the responsibility of being a high paid hockey player.  You have certain standards that you have to live with and abide with. Like it or not, your a role model for your fans.  Apparently that includes not getting drunk while driving a boat. I’m sick of all these people getting preferential treatment just because they are athletes.  GUESS what, its not a RIGHT to play professional sports for millions of dollars, its a privilege. IF you mess up bad, you better be ready to pay the price.  Dany heatley getting away with killing his buddy, pavelec getting away with drunk driving, patrick kane getting away with beating up a cab driver over 10 cents.  They need to throw some michael vick type sentences, put them in jail, and suspend them for a year, then they will learn their lesson.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 07/23/12 at 10:04 PM ET

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