Who’s at fault for a drunken brawl? The guy with the deepest pockets, of course. In this case, NHL player Mikhail Grabovski Toronto Maple Leafs. He got involved in a fight during the Vancouver Olympics last winter and allegedly punched a guy wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey. (And really, can you blame him?)
Brabovski was never arrested because, according to the hard working Vancouver cops, they didn’t lay charges because there was “no likelihood of conviction against anyone.” Or maybe there was just too much paperwork.
A civil lawsuit, on the other hand, is pretty easy to file.
Dylan Richardson and his wife Brenna allege in the suit they were assaulted by Grabovski in a brawl in Vancouver during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In the B.C. Supreme Court suit, filed Sept. 14, the Richardsons lay out a long list of injuries to Dylan.
The suit claimed Dylan Richardson, an autobody finishing technician in nearby Langley, B.C., was in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 20 when Grabovski punched him in the face. Richardson lost consciousness and fell to the ground, the suit alleged.
“Immediately after striking the plaintiff Dylan Richardson with the intent to further humiliate and denigrate (him), the defendant assaulted and committed a battery on the plaintiff Brenna Richardson by punching (her) in the face,” the court document said.
The suit alleged Dylan Richardson has suffered a head injury, multiple facial fractures requiring reconstructive surgery, a back injury, trauma to his mouth, teeth and eyes, memory loss, a change in personality and ongoing headaches, among other things. The Richardsons are seeking damages for lost income and health-care costs, as well as punitive damages.
Grabovski, who was attending the Olympics with the Belarus hockey team, was arrested by Vancouver police after the confrontation, but never charged.
NHL’s Grabovski sued by B.C. couple over alleged beating during 2010 Olympics (Winnipeg Free Press)