Matthew Barnaby, an ESPN analyst and a former agitator for the Buffalo Sabres and several other NHL teams, has been ordered to 500 hours of community service after damaging property during an incident with his estranged wife two months ago.
If he completes the 500 hours of community service in the course of a year, charges will be dropped, in which case Barnaby, who is Canadian, will not be deported. He will also be required to attend counseling for anger management.
Barnaby's lawyer sounded pleased with the result, as well he should have been, given that Barnaby could have been sentenced to years in jail.
"We’re very happy with that result," Barnaby’s attorney, Frank LoTempio, told The Associated Press by phone. "We feel it’s very fair and warranted."
Not to sound sympathetic to Barnaby here, since clearly the person who deserves sympathy is his wife. But I've always wondered what happens to enforcers after they retire. They've invested so much energy into starting fights - and been rewarded so richly for doing so - that it must be strange to have to turn that impulse off for good.