You're being a little disingenuous by framing your argument like that. You just declared that as long as hitting is in the game, then stuff like this will always happen. Therefore, we should either take out hitting or leave fighting to help mitigate these types of situations. Of course, almost no one wants to take out hitting, so we have to conclude that fighting must be in the game. However, the situation is not as you say it is. Look at Cooke. He has had his face punched in many times because of his cheap shots. What actually caused him to change his game? A lengthy suspension. When you go after these guys' paycheck, then they'll start paying attention.