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Man arrested for slapping Devin Hester in back of the head

Devin Hester, Jon Ryan AP

Well, here’s a story we’ve never seen before.

A man was arrested at Rivers Casino in the Chicago suburbs after slapping Devin Hester in the back of the head, as reported by Jennifer Delgado of Triblocal.

The story goes like this: Hester was in line at the casino when a 52-year-old man walked up behind him, slapped him in the head, and walked away.

Hester told security, who detained the man.  Daniel Rago was ultimately charged with misdemeanor assault.

“Devin was basically attacked. He did the right thing and showed great restraint in an unfortunate situation,” Hester’s agent Eugene Parker said.

We know Vikings fans are frustrated with the direction of the season, but this is ridiculous.

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67 Responses to “Man arrested for slapping Devin Hester in back of the head”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 18, 2011 3:48 PM

    Was it Ryan Longwell?

  2. tilllman40 says: Oct 18, 2011 3:52 PM

    Lol shoulda been cutler

  3. edmazeing1 says: Oct 18, 2011 3:52 PM

    Guy must no 49ers coach!!!

  4. abcdaa says: Oct 18, 2011 3:55 PM

    draft him and put him on special teams

  5. elroyjetsson says: Oct 18, 2011 3:55 PM

    He had Minnesota plus 28

  6. asublimeday says: Oct 18, 2011 3:57 PM

    Way to be classy devin. The league could use a lot more like you.

    And you stay classy, queens fans.

  7. citizenstrange says: Oct 18, 2011 3:58 PM

    Deacon Jones approves.

  8. trbowman says: Oct 18, 2011 4:00 PM

    Hester could have beaten him to a pulp if he wanted.

  9. packerswambulance says: Oct 18, 2011 4:01 PM

    @asublimeday- I think Rosenthal was joking when he inferred it was a Vikings fan slapping him on the head. Way to be classy, asublimeday…

  10. bvanbvan says: Oct 18, 2011 4:01 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 18, 2011 3:48 PM
    Was it Ryan Longwell?
    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

    Nah, he would have missed and then blamed it on the holder!

  11. jagerbmb says: Oct 18, 2011 4:02 PM

    Was it a Bears fan or a Vikings fan?

  12. vikings1mike says: Oct 18, 2011 4:02 PM

    Where did I see the part in the police report, or in the article for that matter, that says the police or anyone else with knowledge of the matter indicated this guy is/was a Viking Fan? Another bad report!!!

  13. godofwine330 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:03 PM

    Hester showed great restraint, because most people would have put their foot into his John Brown hind parts (thanks Denzel). If he would have fought, Goodell would not have cared that he was attacked and suspended him 1 game for conduct. FIghting doesn’t benefit any one any more. Just call the cops. Hester did. And the law won. I wonder why he did it, though.

  14. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:04 PM

    jim harbaugh is getting warmed up for lovie

  15. ammarradhi says: Oct 18, 2011 4:05 PM

    This took place last Friday night, 2 days before the game, so what does this have to do wtiht the Vikings?

  16. kingofthenorth92 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:06 PM

    Where did it say anywhere that the guy charged was a Vikings fan?? I’m from Green Bay and a diehard Packers fan but I didn’t see anywhere in the article that said the man was an angry Vikings fan.

  17. purpleguy says: Oct 18, 2011 4:07 PM

    Yeah, there’s a ton of Viking fans frequenting Chicago suburban casinos. Everyone knows it was Mike Martz.

  18. jrmbadger says: Oct 18, 2011 4:08 PM

    Wait? What is Hester doing in a Casino???? I thought the NFL forbid players from gambling?

  19. youdownwithjpp says: Oct 18, 2011 4:09 PM

    edmazeing1 says:
    Oct 18, 2011 3:52 PM
    Guy must no 49ers coach!!!

    ———————————

    Write in English much?

  20. cdaws84 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:10 PM

    Where does it say it was a viking fan…this wasnt even in Minnesota…good reporting

  21. 1wildfan1 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:11 PM

    Why blame this on Vikings fans? The game was at Chicago. Was the guy from MN? Crappy move whoever did it, and I admire Hester for showing restraint and not whooping the guy. But please don’t paint all Viking fans with one broad brush like that. Yes, we are frustrated, but its not Hesters fault, and the very vast majority of us our civilized, unlike Packer fans. LOL

  22. voiceofrealism says: Oct 18, 2011 4:11 PM

    Well, it couldn’t have been a Viking player. Wouldn’t have been able to touch him.

  23. richm2256 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:11 PM

    This is just too funny ……. I have nothing at all to add!

  24. trollhammer20 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:13 PM

    Does Jim Harbaugh have an alibi?

  25. corfal says: Oct 18, 2011 4:15 PM

    @kingofthenorth92 — agreed.

    There are plenty of reasons to make fun of the Vikings without making up stuff.

  26. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 18, 2011 4:15 PM

    The man was most likely playing against the Chicago Bears D/ST in his fantasy league this week.

  27. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 18, 2011 4:17 PM

    Well, we know it wasn’t a Vikings player. None of them could get their hands on Hester Sunday night.

  28. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 18, 2011 4:18 PM

    Sorry, voice of realism, didn’t mean to step on your toes.

  29. handsatlanta says: Oct 18, 2011 4:20 PM

    “Yeah, so?”

    -Leroy Jethro Gibbs-

  30. warvette says: Oct 18, 2011 4:22 PM

    holy mother… are people this dim? “where does it say he was a vikings fan?!?” jeebers greebers, i think this is a new level of dumbness on this site. “when hank williams said ‘are you ready for some football’, did that mean we were all going to get a little piece of a cutup football?!?” man, oh man.

  31. purplekoolaid1 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:26 PM

    It was obviously sarcasm when he said it was a Vikings fan. If you can’t detect that, then I would love to make a sales call to you.

  32. warvette says: Oct 18, 2011 4:26 PM

    anyone who doesn’t get the joke inference of it being a vikings fan needs to be slapped on the FRONT of their head

  33. stavreafavre says: Oct 18, 2011 4:26 PM

    You got to know when to cheer Dev
    Know not to slap Dev
    Know when to walk away
    And know when to crawl.
    You don’t swing at the Bear’s stars
    When you’re livin’ in the flatlands.
    There’ll be time enough for swingin’
    When you’re in St. Paul.

  34. romoscollarbone says: Oct 18, 2011 4:26 PM

    It’s amazing that the average person, can’t tell sarcasm when the read it.

  35. comeonnowguys says: Oct 18, 2011 4:26 PM

    Speaking of Bears,

    Tiki is flabbergasted that PFT hasn’t made a big anti-Cutler to-do about his on-air expletive towards Mike Martz.

  36. scudbot says: Oct 18, 2011 4:29 PM

    The guy lives in Chicago and it happened in Des Plaines. At a casino. Rago probably got screwed on the spread.

  37. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:36 PM

    handsatlanta:
    way to put out a Gibbs post

  38. scudbot says: Oct 18, 2011 4:36 PM

    “Hey, there’s Hester. How much for smacking him? Okay, then how much for taking his knee out?”

  39. scudbot says: Oct 18, 2011 4:39 PM

    “Man given key to city for sucker punching Angelo.”

  40. mjdstwittervoice says: Oct 18, 2011 4:41 PM

    Maybe Devin did a spin and juke trying get ahead in line and the old man gave him a stiff arm resulting in Hester complaining to the ref, I mean security…..Man, I love football!

  41. cjsoder says: Oct 18, 2011 5:05 PM

    That IS funny. Thanks, Gregg.

    Hey, everybody who’s scowling: we haven’t even played in the Super Bowl for almost three and a half decades. Before that, we were there four times … and scored zero points in the first half. ALL FOUR TIMES. (We put up 34, total, in eight halves–just over a TD’s worth per Big Game.)

    The NFC-title contests with the Falcons (’99) and Saints (’10) were barfed away so excruciatingly that they both seem painfully recent. Though it’s been nearly a quarter-century since the Skins played Red Rover with Darrin Nelson at the goal line, our results haven’t yet changed. (I think the ’78/’01 “championship” no-shows vs the Cowboys and Giants are best unrecalled.)

    Vikings fanhood for 35 years at least qualifies me to suggest we’d truly better not lose our sense of humor, because so far, honestly, we’ve haven’t won much else that counts. And maybe that’s understating it.

  42. cjsoder says: Oct 18, 2011 5:09 PM

    @ corfal

    <>

    Exactly. Let us provide our own fodder!

  43. rarson says: Oct 18, 2011 5:15 PM

    I guess Vikings fans are really stupid. Well, I mean, they obviously are if they’re still fans.

  44. rarson says: Oct 18, 2011 5:16 PM

    “It’s amazing that the average person, can’t tell sarcasm when the read it.”

    Is that sarcasm? I can’t tell.

  45. bullcharger says: Oct 18, 2011 5:18 PM

    I’m sure the guy was hoping he would get pummelled so he could sue Hester. Sad.

  46. neer music says: Oct 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    1wildfan1 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:11 PM

    Why blame this on Vikings fans?

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    because he’s a packer fanboy.

  47. cjsoder says: Oct 18, 2011 6:12 PM

    @ rarson

    “I guess Vikings fans are really stupid. Well, I mean, they obviously are if they’re still fans.”

    _________

    “still fans”?

    Does loyalty expire when you don’t get your way?

    There’ve always been plenty of “fans” of whoever’s ahead or is holding the trophy. The rest of us follow our team through both losses and wins, and whether or not the latter’s in short supply.

  48. sakatak says: Oct 18, 2011 6:21 PM

    @neer music
    who will have more fans at the game this Sunday. Packers or Vikings?

  49. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 18, 2011 6:43 PM

    Cjsoder-
    I’ve been a diehard lions fan my whole life, don’t let that blowhard,get you down, I’ve heard ‘em all

  50. alreggie says: Oct 18, 2011 6:48 PM

    Doesn’t like bump and run coverage’

  51. Robert says: Oct 18, 2011 6:49 PM

    Chicago Blitz Fan.

  52. cjsoder says: Oct 18, 2011 6:53 PM

    No chance! Thanks man. Despite the anguish, it’s still a game, and a great one. If I can’t enjoy it win or lose, I’m not truly enjoying it at all.

    Congrats to your team and its fans; this change for the better in Detroit is going to be fun. Here’s to Matt Stafford staying healthy, even better NFC North rivalries, and some January/February success.

  53. mrplow3 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:06 PM

    He showed great restraint in not beating up an old man that slapped his head?

    K, if you say so.

  54. skinsfanwill says: Oct 18, 2011 7:41 PM

    Basically, who cares. He should have broken a bottle over the guys head………..and then called the cops.

  55. voiceofrealism says: Oct 18, 2011 7:50 PM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Oct 18, 2011 4:18 PM
    Sorry, voice of realism, didn’t mean to step on your toes.
    —————————
    That’s quite alright. Great minds and all that….

  56. bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 18, 2011 7:53 PM

    Well even he knew better than to kick it to him.

  57. fcs34 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:59 PM

    Hester is an extremely classy and humble kid. Not surprised he handled this like a grown up. No doubt in my mind he would have put this fool in traction.

  58. tombrookshire says: Oct 18, 2011 8:11 PM

    A Vikings fan??? What???

  59. rarson says: Oct 18, 2011 9:05 PM

    Chill guys, it was a joke.

    I’m an Orioles fan, so I’m used to rooting for a losing team.

  60. gb4ever0811 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:24 PM

    This guy has done exactly what all victims of Hester have wanted to do over the years, lol.

    Seriously, though, class act by Hester; a lesser man would’ve gone and beat the dude down. Great job by Devin for modeling conduct for other NFL players!

  61. jerranamo says: Oct 18, 2011 9:25 PM

    I am glad Hester handled it the way he did. A lot of athletes take a lot of heat for the way they act – and its great that he showed restraint. I am sure, just like any man who gets hit, would love to beat the living crap out of the person who hit him.

    What the hell is a 59yr old man doing going around hitting people? What a sorry excuse of an “adult”

  62. polishkingski says: Oct 18, 2011 9:40 PM

    i am getting the feeling that my fellow pft nation readers do not like me? WHY!….WHY!….don`t you guys understand? it is so simple….haley, pioli, ravioli, strombolli, canolli !? oh dear god, why do i live in a mad world?

  63. brewdogg says: Oct 18, 2011 10:16 PM

    rarson says:
    Oct 18, 2011 5:16 PM
    “It’s amazing that the average person, can’t tell sarcasm when the read it.”

    Is that sarcasm? I can’t tell.
    —————————

    Wait….. That was sarcasm, right? No, it is, I can tell.

  64. bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 18, 2011 11:06 PM

    Breaking News:
    Roger Goddell fines Devin Hester!! Then recinds only minutes later.

    When reached for comment the commissioner of the NFL said: “whoops Trigger Happy”

  65. peaceispimp says: Oct 19, 2011 12:05 AM

    this happened before the vikings game so…

  66. truthserum4u says: Oct 19, 2011 4:36 AM

    The Vikings should sign this guy for the next time they play the Bears, seeing no one on the current roster laid a hand on Hester at all Sunday night.

  67. dukemarc says: Oct 19, 2011 9:33 AM

    bvanbvan says: Oct 18, 2011 4:01 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 18, 2011 3:48 PM
    Was it Ryan Longwell?
    - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -

    Nah, he would have missed and then blamed it on the holder!
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    Or blamed the front office for not resigning his favorite boyfri-errr holder.

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