Please Don’t Send The Flower Down The River

Yes, Guy Lafleur is guilty as a result of the whole sordid and sad affair surrounding his son and fibbing to the courts. He wasn’t right to do what he did and a price must be paid. But please don’t send this hockey hero to jail.¬†Order him to make the rounds of the community for the next twenty years speaking about doing wrong. Fine the daylights out of him so he needs to get a blue-collar job. Slap his wrist so hard it’d make a Billy Smith slash seem like a lash with a feather. Do many things. But please don’t send him to jail. Don’t send one of the greatest hockey heroes in Montreal Canadiens history to jail.

Don’t let this become a Tony Demers type story.

11 thoughts on “Please Don’t Send The Flower Down The River”

  1. Sorry but after he had the nerve to sue the police, send his ass to jail. He deserves it, the not guilty plea was insulting. If he would’ve admitted his guilt then I would be hoping for lenience, but now he doesn’t deserve it.

  2. That’s a good point, Kez. He shouldn’t have sued the police and admitted the guilt. But isn’t there a harsh penalty he can pay without jail time?

  3. athletes are pampered far to much in the criminal system, if it was me or you or any other average joe we would all be getting jail time, no questions asked. The special treatment to athletes breaking laws is crap. The man is an undisputed hockey hero but he is also now an undisputed criminal and he should be treated like any other criminal and I say jail is a fitting punishment.

  4. Dennis

    First off that is a piss poor comparison to make considering gary was basically family to me and considering your not related to Guy Lafleur in any way or friends with him in any way i dont know how you could even say that but no I wouldnt have said it about gary because he was my friend, but if he broke the law with an offense such as Guy Lafleurs i wouldnt protest him going to jail because he broke the law. The fact of the matter is he broke the law, hes a criminal and he deserves jail time. Stanley Cup rings should not make a difference to keep you out of jail. You would go to jail if you did what he did, so would I, and so would anybody else, just because he was a professional hockey player or an old man should not keep this criminal from serving the time he deserves. If it was John Doe who lives three blocks down from you who did this you would think he deserves jail time? yes you would. So i ask you this, whats the difference? I really dont know how you can stick up for this loser/criminal, would you have defended OJ Simpson if you were a fan of his to?

  5. Geez, Jordy. I wasn’t trying to be harsh, I just asked the question. And the question had nothing to do with family. So it’s been answered. If Gary Lupul was your favourite player all your life and he screwed up, then you wouldn’t mind him doing hard time with serious criminals in a maximum penitentiary alongside murderers and rapists. That’s what you’re saying. I don’t agree. And Comparing Lafleur with OJ Simpson is very interesting. A little out there, mind you. Jordy, you sure get sensitive sometimes. Guy Lafleur simply made some bad choices involving his kid. Maybe you or I would make some bad choices too if it involved a son. I don’t know. Are you sure you want Guy Lafleur to do hard time?

  6. Jordy. Just a bit more. I was very close to Gary too. And if he made a big mistake involving the law, I wouldn’t have wanted him to do hard time. Pay the penalty another way, He wasn’t a hardened criminal. Either is Lafleur. I think it’s very harsh to say “let him do the big time.” I don’t think like that.

  7. Guy Lafleur was my favourite player as I was growing up however I would not have any problems sending him to jail indefinitely if warranted. But I don’t think protecting his son, showing terrible judgement and being an asshole merits jail time. Not even the country club jail where he would be sent for lying. The jails should be reserved for the more dangerous criminals like his drunk driving son.

  8. Your last sentence is the one I’ve been trying to say all along. Thanks Chris.

  9. I wanted to add my words in here, but instead I’ll post the entirety of my Lafleur related piece.

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2009/5/1/861707/guy-lafleur-shafted-for

    This Guy Lafleur conviction for giving contradictory evidence in a bail hearing for his son is a load of bullcrap.

    For failling to tell the court that his son spent two nights at a motel, Lafleur is being charged with obstruction of justice.

    What is completely ridiculous in this, is that Lafleur seemingly perjed himself by offering the contradictory evidence after first stating that his son obeyed curfew, before noting that he’d stayed at a motel for two nights.

    Lafleur argued that he misunderstood the original intent of the question.

    The judge in the case, did not buy that argument.

    The misunderstanding is completely understandable from the point of view of a former hockey player who must have had to abide by say, maybe 500 motel or hotel room curfews on the road during his career!

    Doesn’t that fact buy Lafleur an ounce of clemmency from his self perjing words?

    It ought to have been worthy of a good courtroom cackle, and nothing more.

    In sentencing arguments, crown prosecutor Lori Weitzman said just because Lafleur is a public personality, he shouldn’t be treated any differently than anyone else who lies to the court. Justice has to be applied equally.”

    Well isn’t that a lie in itself.

    Treated equally? Lafleur is being made an example and is countersuing.

    From the get go, Lafleur never denied that he inadvertantly made the false statement, and admitted than he was at one time confused by the question of the curfew.

    Now his crime is in misunderstanding a question.

    When first arrested, did the court issue a simple summons to Lafleur?

    No, they simply had police show up at his home at take him away in cuffs.

    Another fine example of an unjust justice system!

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