Criminal Law and Sports Let me start off this discussion by pleading ignorance about this topic. Why is a boxer hitting the other boxer not battery? Linebacker tackling a running back? Hockey players in a fight? Is there a particular exemption in the law for consensual sports participation? How far does this exemption reach? Could an illegal late hit on a quarterback be considered battery? A punch thrown after the bell in a boxing match? I posited this in chat a week or two ago, and then this happened. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2609563 This is so clearly battery that I don't know what he is doing free right now. Why is this not a crime? There seems to be significant evidence (multiple camera angles, 25 people within 50 feet of the event, etc...) Could a player hold another players head and twist, breaking his neck, and get away with it? Piledrive another player into the turf? Is this a cultural exemption, or is there an actual, legal exemption for players in a sport, and how far does it extend?