In February, the lawyer for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien hoped his client's "suspicion for boating while intoxicated" charges would be pled down to "something not alcohol or drug related" like "careless boating."
On Monday, Byfuglien reached a deal with Minnesota prosecutors before his jury trial was set to start, pleading guilty to — you guessed it — "careless boating."
It carries a $1,000 fine and a 30-day sentence.
Judge Ronald Abrams sentenced the Stanley Cup-winning player to 30 days of community service. Abrams suspended 28 of them for a period of a year, leaving Byfuglien to serve two days.
He rebuffed a defence request to allow Byfuglien to serve those days by signing autographs and doing hockey-related charitable work.
Amazing how a judge didn't go for "let Dustin Byfuglien do the exact same thing he does every off-day" as a way to send him a message.
Instead, according to TSN Radio 1290, Byfuglien will serve two days doing garbage pickup and other "workhouse" tasks.
So Big Buff's months-long nightmare is over, and we're all left with three questions: How did this affect his weight? How did this ruling affect the value of his boat-drawing hockey card?
And, seriously, you're telling us there are people who go boating in Minnesota during the summer who aren't impaired?