Cut The Kid Some Slack

Last Updated on: 5th August 2013, 02:22 pm

I just read an article from a fairly well known sports writer on the Dany Heatley situation. I’ll spare you the hole article but the short of it is that he believes the kid needs to be punished, and punished severely for his actions. (which I’m sure I don’t need to explain as its been in the news EVERYWHERE).

I am by no means a lawyer, in fact besides a Grade 11 Law class, I know nothing of legal proceedings. However, I still felt the need to spout off on this.

HE’S A KID!!! Ya, he’s a rich kid who already has more money than you or I could ever dream of, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a kid. I challenge any one of you to look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you have never ever done anything stupid. If you can do it, you can also go to hell because you’re a filthy liar. (sorry but its true)

The difference between me going out and crashing my car and causing a death and him doing it is huge! If I do it, well, yes I’ll feel like shit. I’ll have to face my own family in friends in shame, I’ll have to face the family of the other person and I’ll probably do hard-time.

Now, you’re probably saying that that’s exactly what Heatley’s going through, well hold on a second. Cuz you’re only partially right… here’s the difference.


Heatley is currently going through personal injury, personal grieving (in case you’ve forgotten, it was his FRIEND that died in this accident), personal shame and legal proceedings all under the watchful eye of us, the greedy public.

It’s time to leave this kid alone. He wasn’t drunk, he wasn’t high and he wasn’t out to hurt anyone. He made a mistake. It was a costly one, but a mistake nonetheless. He feels terrible, and the family has publically stated that they do not hold him responsible for Snyder’s death… so why should we? It’s none of our business yet writer after writer (which i have now hypocrirically added myself to the list of) continues to monitor this and spout off their own feelings on. The kid would probably rather go to jail than continue this little media parade.

How do you think the Snyder family felt having a million tv camera’s at their sons wedding? How do you think Dany Heatley’s mother feels being asked the question “Do you consider your son a murderer?”? (because she was asked that), How do you think Heatley felt attending his friend’s funeral with a media circus following him? Well, to us, it didn’t matter how any of that felt. We just carried on asking and following with no regard for the people involved.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can’t say I’ve ever been responsible for a good friend’s passing but I’m sure the feelings Heatley currently carries are far worse than any ruling a court could place upon him. Just something to think about.

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