July 31, 2008
Jonathan Roy, son of legendary goalie and noted pacifist Patrick Roy, gave the world this instant classic highlight when he skated over and beat the stuffing out of opposing goalie Bobby Nadeau during a Quebec Remparts game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season.
The young goalie was suspended for seven games, and his father/coach was suspended for five. Roy didn't help matters when he apologized for flipping the bird to Chicoutimi Sagueneens fans but not for attacking another player who clearly didn't want to brawl.
Today, the Globe & Mail reports that Jonathan Roy has been given a single charge of assault by Saguenay, Que., police. No other charges are pending, and he's scheduled to be in court on Sept. 16.
OK, from a "life" perspective, facing an assault charge for a hockey incident is a pretty scary deal. Witness the news that Robert Joseph Simard has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for knocking a linesman to the ground and kicking him after a Calgary junior B hockey game.
From a "hockey" perspective, police intervention into matters on the ice isn't really a welcome development. No one wants a game filled with hooliganism, but we also don't like the idea of Johnny Law sitting in the penalty box with a pair of handcuffs ready. Please note the names "Todd Bertuzzi and Marty McSorley" were mentioned in the linesman assault trial.
But from an "aspiring hip-hop artist" perspective ... man, no bling in the world is buying street cred like this. Please recall that Jonathan Roy is also aspiring R&B singer J.O.E. Daking, who drops lyrics like "Gotta find my car keys/Damn I just smell of perfume." We know what you're thinking: Damn, he smooth.
An assault charge takes J.O.E. from K-Fed territory to DMX apprenticeship. Sure, ladies love Justin Timberlake -- a J.O.E. inspiration; but they lusted after Donnie Wahlberg, yo. A bad boy rep and a pugilistic wild side can compensate for minimal talent; just look at Colin Farrell.