What does any of that have to do with whether athletes should be punished for throwing their weight around and getting into fistfights with regular joes?
What's the typical punishment for a kid punching another kid at a bar? Statements like "athletes throwing their weight around" turns a kid like Hill into a special class citizen who should be punished according to his size and level of fitness. I would argue that this is as unfair as letting football players off of the hook b/c they're football players.
My point was, you have to be one dumb a-hole to pick a fight with a kid like Hill. But ultimately, I don't think the law should create exceptions because the puncher happened to be a stud football player.