For those of you who haven’t heard Shawn Thornton will be appealing his 15 games suspension. He is able to do this due to the new CBA which allows a player to appeal suspensions to Gary Bettman then to a third party arbitrator if not happy with Bettman’s decision. The NHLPA fought hard for this to be included and Thornton is completely within his rights to appeal though some have been pretty vocal that he shouldn’t.
I took to twitter to see what some of the reactions were to the appeal and was pretty disappointed in what I saw. One thing that people said that upset me was that because Thornton was appealing it meant he wasn’t sorry for what he did. His appeal does not mean he is not sorry, it means that he believes his punishment is unfair. I believe it is unfair, Thornton has never been suspended before and James Neal who has been suspended twice before (and also caused intentional harm) was only suspended for 5. I’m not saying that Thornton shouldn’t have been suspended I’m saying 15 games is too much.
For all of those who think I’m crazy for thinking this think about the situation. Thornton was incredibly emotional and angry because the Boston Bruins were literally getting beaten bloody. Loui Eriksson was taken out with a concussion, Chris Kelly was slashed resulting in a broken leg, and Brad Marchand took a knee to the face. Sure Thornton definitely went overboard but this isn’t in character for him. He may be an enforcer but he is not a dirty player, though what he did was dirty, he doesn’t deserve such a long suspension. If I were him I would appeal too.
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