Former Calgary Flames Forward Brett Sutter Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct After Attacking Scottsdale Cabby
Former Calgary Flames (that's a hockey team, Zonies) forward Brett Sutter pleaded guilty yesterday to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct for attacking a Scottsdale cab driver -- for no apparent reason -- last year.
Initially, Sutter, 24, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault.
Sutter and the Flames were in town in November to play the Phoenix Coyotes, and Sutter used some of his down time following the game to go partying in Scottsdale.
According to the incident report, Sutter was at American Junkie, where bouncers say he "was acting up all night."
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As he left the bar, witnesses say he walked past a cab driver waiting outside and punched him in the face.
Witnesses told police that the cab driver didn't say anything to Sutter and the attack -- as far as they could tell -- was unprovoked.
Bouncers pulled a drunken Sutter away from the cab driver and restrained him until the police got there.
When the cops took over, Sutter was so drunk he had trouble sitting up, and the arresting officer had to help him take a seat on the curb.
Sutter could barely walk to the police car after being arrested, and he required further help of the officers just to make it from the curb to the squad car.
As he was being arrested, Sutter mumbled to officers that the attack was no big deal because it was his "rookie game night."
Once in jail, Sutter passed out on the floor of his holding cell. One of the arresting officers woke him up to ask him a few questions -- after a few mumble-y responses, Sutter told the cop to leave him alone.
Check out the full incident report here.
A few days after the attack, Sutter was demoted to the Flames' minor league and subsequently was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. He is currently a member of the franchise's B-squad Charlotte Checkers.
The kicker: Sutter's father, former Chicago Blackhawks forward Darryl Sutter, the Flames' general manager, was the one who decided to give his son the boot.
Sutter will be back in court September 15 for a restitution hearing.
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