We all know sports can get ugly. Sometimes athletes cross the line between sticking up for their team or themselves, and being just plain stupid. Biting an opponent is no joke, and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski may have gotten away with one.
Grabovski had a disciplinary hearing today with the NHL for an incident involving the Toronto center and Montreal winger Max Pacioretty, in which Grabovski appeared to bite Pacioretty in the forearm. The video evidence was disputable though, and according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the NHL was unable to suspend Grabovski.
No supplemental discipline for TOR’s Mikhail Grabovski. NHL says it could not determine conclusively Grabovski bit Pacioretty.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 11, 2013
The video evidence is very inconclusive, but here’s a good look at the incident in question.
Pacioretty had his arm around Grabovski’s mouth in a scrum, which seems like a pretty ugly situation. But if Grabovski did indeed go for the bite, rather than pull Pacioretty’s arm away, that is beyond classless.
“That doesn’t belong in our sport,” said Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges after the game. “If you get in there, stand up for yourself, be a man, drop your gloves and you’ll have respect.
“But bite somebody? That doesn’t belong in our league.”
After the NHL could find no conclusive evidence, it seems the world may never know what truly happened.