The most serious thought occurs when viewing the images of Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
Someone could have died. Easily.
The 200 centimeters, 115 pounds of Melbourne Storm were playing them like Mike Tyson on that street of Seminyak. Hurricane style like Apollo Creed.
It was raining blows with an unusual force that no human being could survive unharmed, it was a punch to land in the wrong place.
There were many punches. Many chances for something to go tragically wrong.
Asofa-Salomona was just annoyed. His NRL teammate, the wing Suliasi Vunivalu, had been hit by the king. and was bleeding profusely on the face.
The most accurate and fashionable term is "pierced coward". Their attackers were cowardly wonders, things like these often prowl football players trying to make a name for themselves.
The owner of the nightclub where the incident occurred confirmed that Storm players were threatened with a glass bottle. Vunivalu's attackers introduced a potentially deadly threat to an already terrible situation; incite professional athletes who cause pain to make a living and take them, at that time escalated, and nonviolent means.
Asofa-Solomona exploded; first on your enemies, then on social media. He is facing an investigation by the NRL Integrity Unit and will miss New Zealand test matches.
Nightclub owners talk after quarrel with Asofa-Solomona
A proposition that seems both ridiculous and completely reasonable has been made regarding Asofa-Salomona's imminent penalty.
No sanction. Perhaps even a statement from the NRL and Storm that Asofa-Solomona's actions, while shocking in their brutality, should serve as a warning to the heroes. poorly endowed who want to fight soccer players.
The idea has some merit. Asofa-Solomona left Bali without police accusation and with the goodwill of the nightclub owner. He was upset by his violent reaction, immediately apologizing and remorseful.
But it was silly luck that he and his opponents on the streets drifted apart. The punches were frantic, delivered with the power of a colossal man who can move 200 kilograms of steel at the gym.
It probably didn't happen in the heat of the moment, but the stakes were potentially life or death.
Asofa-Solomona defended his teammate. This is a fundamental part of sport, especially contact sport and companionship. He should be praised and other NRL players did.
However, the ability to unleash such an extreme force carries with it a serious level of responsibility.
Knowing how Asofa-Solomona was provoked, it would have been easy to watch the filming of the fight with a fair degree of satisfaction, a certain joy that Vunivalu's aggressors were getting what was to come. Many might feel that way.
However, it was deeply unnerving. The giant stand could have ended a man's life in that wild explosion, not just a lesson. These were punches capable of breaking a skull; and leaving Asofa-Solomona at the mercy of the infamous Indonesian legal system.
There will be a penalty. Any suggestion otherwise is unrealistic.
Melbourne has long established an NRL reference on and off the field. There is little tolerance for violations of club standards, of which this incident was certainly one. A great coach like Craig Bellamy knows that this incident, although understandable in principle and out of character for his player, cannot be unchecked.
Asofa-Solomona is one of the most powerful and distinguished players in the NRL. A huge man whose career is on the way to making a significant mark in the rugby league.
Regardless of whether his intentions were honored, Asofa-Solomona and the target of his anger nearly lost everything with a single punch.