There's a lot of dirty laundry that might be aired.
First, anyone who can bench press maybe 300 lbs shouldn't throw a punch in public, just as anyone who weighs 300 lbs shouldn't dive into the mosh pit. A punch is a dangerous weapon if you've been lifting weights for the past eight years or more.
RESPONSE: Nobody should be throwing punches, unless it's in self defense, or perhaps in defense of others. Any adult can do some damage with a punch. But, I get what you're saying. A punch is a lot more dangerous when it's thrown by a gladiator.
Second, U.S. police will often tell standardized banal, fairly obvious lies about "police assault" in front of a judge, and they conspire to perjure themselves on the witness stand.
RESPONSE: Come on now, Paul! I'm not going to say that police never lie, but "will often tell standardized banal, fairly obvious lies about "police assault" in front of a judge, and they conspire to perjure themselves..." Spare me!! Cops put their lives on the line every day for relatively low pay to protect the public. It's sad to see them disrespected like this.
Third, courts hate to punish rich and famous people. Mr. Dennard has been earning the paltry NFL minimum wage, but that's lots more than I make. He's the Nebraska local boy starting in two playoff games already. Maybe general punishment is supposed to be about a general moral failing affecting your whole life, and Dennard (if he did it at all!) was a good kid with a bad two seconds.
RESPONSE: STOP IT!! Though I agree that the rich and famous always seem to get a pass, a crime is a crime. Neither your or I saw what happened, or heard the evidence. But a jury of twelve (12) folks found unaminously that Dennard assaulted an officer. In the guilt or innocence portion of trial, it doesn't matter whether Dennard had "two bad seconds". Hitting an officer is a felony. End of story. The appropriate time to consider whether Dennard had "two bad seconds" in his life was at the punishment phase of the trial. Judging from the sentence given, Dennard received lieniency from the judge.
Forgiveness seems to work with such people. Somewhere there's a judge who was thinking about something else while driving and ran over a bicyclist, and the judge is going to get off scot-free with a check or a credit card. Now, if a poor teenager of any color shot the same bicyclist with a bushmaster, that's different.
RESPONSE: There's no denying that the rich and powerful stand better chances when in trouble than the average Joe. They have the money to make full and immediate restitution, buy off victims, and can afford to hire the best and most influential lawyers available. Nonetheless...our police officers must be respected, and protected. There's a lot of danger on the streets Paul, that, because you are a successful and fairly well to do individual, you and your family thankfully will never see.
Fourth, is it possible that Dennard had a roid rage moment?
RESPONSE: Anything is possible. But, even if true, should that excuse his actions? Should we excuse ex pro wrestler Chris Benoit because he had a roid rage moment? Taking drugs and roids is a choice...just as is drinking and driving. When one makes such choices, they must be held liable for any harm they have done to others, while under the influence.