Former New York Rangers hothead Sean Avery is set to be in Manhattan court Wednesday morning for the start of his trial on charges he used a scooter to hit a car that was blocking a bike lane a few years ago.
The pugnacious player, 42, was hit with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief over the incident back in 2019 — and the case has dragged on ever since.
Avery, who retired from the NHL in 2012, originally said he was going to represent himself in court — against the judge’s advice — but has since hired criminal defense attorney Jason Goldman.
Goldman, a former Brooklyn prosecutor, questioned why the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office hadn’t dropped the case against his star client, telling The Post that, “the real focus should be on addressing the violent crime plaguing our city.”
“Instead, because of my client’s name, the District Attorney’s office is wasting unnecessary resources on prosecuting this trivial, petty matter against an individual with no criminal history whatsoever,” Goldman said in a statement Tuesday.
Prosecutors have offered Avery a series of plea deals, but he has opted not to take them, going to trial instead.
The case will be a bench trial, meaning it will be decided by a judge, not a jury. If convicted, Avery, who now lives in California, faces up to three months behind bars.
Avery — a fierce protector of bike lanes — is accused of bashing the driver’s side door of a car with his scooter at East Eighth Street and Broadway in Greenwich Village on Feb. 23, 2019.