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Jury orders Delone Carter to pay man he punched

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Even if a guy like Ahmad Brooks avoids prosecution for punching someone, he could still end up lighter in the wallet.

That’s precisely what has happened to Colts running back Delone Carter, who has been ordered by a jury in Syracuse, New York to compensate a man Carter punched in 2010.

According to Sara Patterson of the Syracuse Post-Standard, the jury deliberated “a couple hours” before determining that Carter should pay William “Jay” Hotaling medical expenses plus $40,000 for “pain and suffering.”

Carter admitted to the punch; the trial dealt only with the proper amount of damages.  Carter thought Hotaling threw a snowball at the SUV in which Carter was riding.  Surveillance video showed that Hotaling didn’t throw a snowball at anyone or anything.

He suffered multiple facial fractures, and Carter pleaded guilty to one count of harassment in 2010.

Hotaling’s lawyer will appeal the trial judge’s decision to dismiss a claim for punitive damages.

“More than anything else, Jay feels he was a crime victim and that Delone Carter should be punished for what he did,” Sidney Cominsky told Patterson.  “Today’s verdict did nothing in that regard, because our punitive claim had been not allowed to go forward.  Jay feels strongly, as I do, that only way to justly assess these damages, is to have a jury hear our punitive damages claim.”

Punitive damages typically are available for so-called “intentional torts.”  And torts don’t get much more intentional than someone intentionally punching someone else in the face.

Carter needs to stop worrying about it for now.  With the arrival of Ahmad Bradshaw and the emergence last year of Vick Ballard, Carter must turn his attention to keeping a roster spot.

He arrived as a fourth-round pick in 2011, the last year of the former Indy regime.  Last season, Carter had 32 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

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10 Responses to “Jury orders Delone Carter to pay man he punched”
  1. mikethevike28 says: Jul 19, 2013 5:48 PM

    $40,000 for 1 punch? I would let Ali punch me for $40,000.

  2. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 19, 2013 5:52 PM

    he wont make the colts roster, keiwann williams our 7th round RB will take his carries and ST’s

  3. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jul 19, 2013 6:04 PM

    I always thought he brought a little punch to our offense.

    Now I see he brings a little punch everywhere he goes.

    (He is one of my favorite Colts, but even I couldn’t resist)…..Go Colts!!!

  4. benacci says: Jul 19, 2013 6:05 PM

    Delone is probably on the outs anyways…. with Bradshaw, Ballard, and Brown Delone is the odd man out.

  5. pajoe says: Jul 19, 2013 6:14 PM

    So some guy walking down the street, minding his own business gets socked in the face by this guy and then he gets off with no jail time, just a fine? All because he thought the guy threw a snowball at him???

    I love the game, but it’s only a matter of time before one of these goons kills someone (that’s not a criminal). He should be kicked out the league.

  6. jda129 says: Jul 19, 2013 6:17 PM

    “I thought he threw a snowball, Your Honor. Then I swore I heard him say ‘Na nana boo boo stick your head in doo doo.’ I had to punch him.”

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 19, 2013 6:51 PM

    Delone is outraged. What does a 12 year old need $40,000 for?

  8. bennyb82 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:43 PM

    After all is said and done, 40k is not much money at all. Carter is lucky the guy is not in a coma or else he would be facing attempted murder charges.

  9. captaincanoe says: Jul 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    If this would have happened in Florida it would have made national news. Because …you see…snowballs in Florida…next post please.

  10. nesuperfan says: Jul 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    And just why is he not being criminally prosecuted too? If they have video of it, it would seem like a slam dunk. The just deserves jail time.

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