Man arrested for slapping Devin Hester in back of the head


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.

67 responses to “Man arrested for slapping Devin Hester in back of the head

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

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 18, 2011 3:48 PM
    Was it Ryan Longwell?
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    Nah, he would have missed and then blamed it on the holder!

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

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

    Is that sarcasm? I can’t tell.

  17. @ 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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….

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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”

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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”

  27. 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.

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

    The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 18, 2011 3:48 PM
    Was it Ryan Longwell?
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    Nah, he would have missed and then blamed it on the holder!

    Or blamed the front office for not resigning his favorite boyfri-errr holder.

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