Former New York Rangers hothead Sean Avery was found guilty of criminal mischief Thursday for using a scooter to hit a car that was blocking a bike lane in Manhattan.
Judge Marisol Martinez-Alonso sentenced the 42-year-old to time served following a two-day bench trial in Manhattan Criminal Court.
The pugnacious player left the courthouse wearing sunglasses and smiling after the verdict, but did not comment on the judge’s decision.
Martinez-Alonso, who presided over the case without a jury, also issued orders of protection for all victims involved.
Avery — a fierce protector of bike lanes — was charged for bashing the driver’s side door of a minivan with his scooter at East Eighth Street and Broadway in Greenwich Village on Feb. 23, 2019.
He tested Thursday that he was “just trying to avoid hitting” the car in the bike lane.
“It was somewhere in front of me. As I was breaking I was moving in a straight direction,” he told the judge.
Avery admitted to screaming at the passengers, but said he changed his tune when he realized a child was in the car.
“It was three years ago, I can’t exactly remember whether the vehicle was damaged….As soon as I saw the kids, everything, just you know, changed.”
He also admitted to mocking the motorist, venture capitalist Jonathan Schulhof, for being bald.
Avery said he was notified by Rangers security that he was on a wanted post following the incident and he then spoke to a detective who asked him to come down to the station.
Schulhof, who was in the car with his wife and then-4-year-old daughter, tested about the incident Wednesday, telling the judge that “a very agitated person started screaming vulgarities at me and just telling me, you know, ‘Why don’t you watch where the eff you’re going.”
The businessman tested that Avery cursed him out but “it was very startling, so I don’t really have a great record of exactly what he said.”
After the two exchanged words, Schulhof then “heard what sounded like a stick of dynamite go off, a really loud boom, and felt the car shaking.”
The attack left a “quarter-sized hole” in the door of the car next to where Schulhof’s four-year-old daughter was sitting, he said.
In his closing argument, Avery’s lawyer Jason Goldman focused on the fact that Schulhof had said he didn’t actually see Avery hit the car.
Prosecutors rebutted by saying all the evidence points to Avery bashing the car with the scooter.
Avery, who retired from the NHL in 2012, Avery was somewhat belligerent with the press on Thursday, and derided a reporter asking him questions.
Prosecutors had offered the hothead a series of plea deals, but he did not accept them and instead opted for a trial. He had been facing up to three months in prison.
Avery told The Post following a short appearance in June 2019: “If I need to be the poster boy for defending the bike lanes, I will absolutely do that. We need to be able to just bike in freedom.”
He played for the New York Rangers for roughly half his 10-year NHL career before hanging up his skates.