Brendan Lemieux, forward for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, has been suspended for five games and fined for having bitten Brady Tkachuk, of the Ottawa Senators, during a match that took place last Saturday at the Staples Center in the Californian city. The American will stop earning $ 38,750 in salary while suspended, informs ESPN.
The incident occurred towards the end of the third period of the game, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the Kings. Lemieux was lying on the ice fighting Tkachuk and a linesman when he bit his rival on the right hand. “Not even children do that. Babies do it,” said the victim. “I do not know what I was thinking of. He’s a real stupid. He has nothing inside his head. He’s a bad guy, a bad player, he’s a joke, “added Tkachuk.
For its part, the National Hockey League (NHL) he claimed this Tuesday in a video announcing the sanction that what happened “is not a hockey play.” “This is a player who takes a forceful, purposeful, and potentially dangerous to another player’s bare hand with enough force to pierce his skin, “the league added, explaining that its decision was based on medical information submitted by Senators’ training staff, as well as the referee’s report.