Twelve years ago, former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Grant Ledyard and his wife hosted a birthday party for their son. During that party, apparently channeling the Hanson Brothers from the classic hockey movie, Slap Shot, a child “swung a plastic golf club and struck 11-year-old Brianna Fasanello, splitting her lip and knocking out a front tooth.”
No word on whether the child spent any time in the penalty box for the infraction.
The Ledyards felt bad about the incident and the next day “went over to the Fasanello home with gifts and a get-well card.”
“Jacob felt bad that Brianna had had her tooth knocked out at our house, and we went over the next day to just say ‘hello’ and check on her and make sure she was okay,” Elizabeth Ledyard said.
The Ledyards thought the incident was in the past.
But in 2012, Brianna Fasanello — who who is now a 23-year-old woman — sued the Ledyards over the incident, as well as the mother of the then-4-year-old who allegedly swing the plastic club. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
“It’s the most ridiculous thing in the whole world,” the boy’s mother said of the lawsuit, according to a court record.
In September, a judge dismissed the lawsuit against the boy’s mother, but allowed the suit against the Ledyards to move forward.
What do you think — is Fasanello’s lawsuit ridiculous, unsportsmanlike conduct?y swing the plastic club. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.