One of the stranger stories of this NFL season was the Chicago-area man who walked up to Bears receiver Devin Hester at a casino, slapped him in the back of the head, and walked away. Now that man has pleaded guilty.
Daniel Rago pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge and 80 hours of community service.
Attorney Frank Kostouros told the Chicago Tribune that Rago “loves the Bears and loves Devin Hester” and is remorseful.
“He smacked someone he shouldn’t have,” Kostouros said. “He’s been sorry from day one for what happened. . . . He feels terrible about it.”
So why did Rago slap Hester? Kostouros says Rago mistakenly thought that Hester was cutting in line in front of an elderly couple.
That explanation makes no sense. If you think someone is cutting in line, the correct response is to say, “Excuse me, sir, but I believe this couple was ahead of you.” Not to slap the guy and walk off.
But Hester deserves credit for handling it the right way: It would have been easy for Hester to hit the guy back and escalate the situation, but instead he simply alerted the security at the casino. And the guy who battered him was brought to justice.