Remember last summer when we shared with you the story of Martin Tremblay, a junior hockey coach who intentionally tripped a 13-year-old in the handshake line after the game? According to CBC News, Tremblay is going to spend a little time in jail.
The 48-year-old coach was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 12 months probation on Tuesday, with Judge Patrick Chen describing the incident as a “cowardly sucker punch” and scolding Tremblay for abusing his position of trust as a coach of young children. Tremblay’s attorney, Robert Bellows, said his client would not be making an appeal after pleading guilty to two counts of assault in November.
“He’s rebuilding his life after this incident,” Bellows told reporters in British Columbia, adding that the incident has strained Tremblay’s marriage and resulted in a number of lost contracts for his construction business. “It’s horrible. He put in years and years coaching hockey, he put in years and years as a scout master. And that all over … because of one incident when he was off his antidepressants for three weeks.”
Everyone makes mistakes, but there’s just no excuse for assaulting a child and behaving like that when parents are trusting you to do anything you can to keep their kids safe. Had the trip not resulted in a broken wrist for a 10-year-old, the punishment may not have been as harsh. That’s what happens when you don’t think before you act.