Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester missed the beginning of practice on Thursday to deal with personal issues that the team would not disclose. Those issues could have been the court case of the man that was charged with slapping the playmaker.
Daniel Rago was in court to plead guilty to misdemeanor battery for slapping Hester on the back of the head at a casino in October. Rago’s attorney simply said his client simply “smacked someone he shouldn’t have” and “feels terrible about it” according to The Chicago Tribune.
Hester was slapped after Rago thought the Bear was cutting a teller line in front of an elderly couple. Rago was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, 80 hours of community service, must be evaluated for anger management and pay $315 in fees and fines.
Per The Tribune’s report, Hester wasn’t present for the hearing which seems odd considering he was missing from the early portion of practice. Either way, odds are this won’t weigh too much on Hester’s mind Sunday in Chicago… though Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt can hope.