Man Who Slapped Bears’ Hester At Casino Pleads Guilty

SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) — The Mount Prospect man accused of slapping the back of Devin Hester’s head at a Des Plaines casino in October pleaded guilty Thursday and avoided jail time.

Instead, Daniel G. Rago, 52, will perform 80 hours of community service and will undergo an anger-management evaluation. A judge also ordered him to pay a fine of $315 in connection with the Oct. 14 incident at the Rivers Casino.

Rago told FOX Chicago previously he is a Bears fan and did not know the man he was striking was Hester, the team’s celebrated wide receiver and kick returner. Rago said he thought Hester was cutting in line at a cashier’s station at the casino, but the Bears player disputed that account.

The incident was caught on a surveillance camera and Hester signed a complaint against Rago, who was later arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. Police say Hester did not escalate the incident when he was hit and acted in a professional manner.

A prosecutor in court Thursday said Hester would have testified the battery was unprovoked and that Rago whispered in the player’s ear, “You’re a moron,” before striking him on the head.

Rago faced up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 fine. He has been banned from Rivers Casino.

  • Nik

    So wait. If he HAD known that the man he was insulting & assaulting was Devin Hester, a Chicago Bear, he wouldn’t have acted the way he had? Ok. Gotcha.

    • Lee Bean

      That’s the exact same thing I was thinking!

  • Roger

    Hester could have been the bigger man here and just let the whole thing go.. you would think in his position he would have…the fact that he didn’t is just another typical example of the baseless ego that these Chicago “athletes” have….

    • Vince

      @ Roger,Hester was the bigger man here.he could have put this man in a coma.but he chose to do the proper thing.this what i teach my kids to do.obvious Devin was taught the same thing.

      • Micheal Savage

        Hey Vince you watch to much tv like the Bears games , I have seen regular guys do a number on some NFL players,I think Hester is the one that was lucky he wasn’t put in a coma,now go back to your tv and lala land.

  • Tom

    Hey, Roger. The suspect could have been the bigger man (as you state) by just forgetting the alledged slight. And at max, that’s what it was. A slight. If Hester would have been like alot of atheletes he would have (and should have)
    kicked this guys ass. And just do your family and friends a favor. Let them know that if something similar happens to them and you witness it, you are going to be the bigger man, do nothing, and walk away.

    • Micheal Savage

      Hey Tom , your another fool that lives in lala land read my reply to Vince.Wuss

  • witness to it

    Hester should have not cut in line in front of the senior couple,I`m glad Rago said something to him even celebrities have to wait their turn!

  • Kevonte

    I’ll bet the only reason that this guy b!tch slapped Devin is because he is black, HaHaHaHaHa!!!

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