The guy came up out of the Subway exit to street level and brushed into me trying to get ahead of me on the sidewalk,” said Chara. “That’s rude. So I shoved him backwards. I would have done it anywhere. It’s not my fault that there were four flights of stairs behind him. It was just bad luck for him being at the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s the way the game of life is.” The victim, who has yet to be identified due to severe facial fractures and bruising, also broke his neck, all of his ribs, his back, his pelvis, and both femurs. He also had his left leg torn off when he rolled all the way down the steps and into the path of a subway train.
Boston Police say they will not punish Chara for the incident, stating that sidewalk traffic can have a lot of contact during rush hour.
“Mr. Chara did not put the four flights of stairs behind the man who he shoved down them,” said Boston police commissioner Edward Davis. “Plus, he has no prior history of shoving people down stairs. Yes, he almost killed that one Canadiens player. But that was a separate incident and go Bruins!”