I don't think its fair to compare MMA to this. MMA is not a team sport, and just like pro wrestling needs its "bad guys".
MMA doesn't need it's bad guys at all. In fact, of the best sells in the sport, I would say that 3 are great guys and only one is a bad guy who FYI is trying to completely change his image around. Silva (who does the throat slash) is not a bad guy at all in the sport. And it's ridiculous to compare it to pro wrestling. One is staged, the other people watch for legit sport competition. And what does being a team sport have to do with anything? So if Wiz was a figure skater these gestures would be alright, but in hockey it is not?
But, all that aside, Leafer made a statement that no other sports league would tolerate this and I have shown he is 100% wrong with examples from one sport which is much bigger than hockey is right now and a second which is on the same level.
I've wondered quite a bit this week how many people saying the suspension is too much are saying so because the "victim" was Sean Avery. I've seen numerous comments about how hockey "would be better off" if Avery didn't play, and he should be driven out of the game. So, if Wisniewski made this gesture to someone generally considered to be a "nice guy" - say 4-time Lady Byng winner Pavel Datsyuk - if the opinion would be the same.
It's funny you say that, because I have purposly been pointing out the throat slash because of the ridiculous suspension to Boynton. But have you not noticed the same people upset with this one are the same ones that got upset at the Boynton suspension? Now, people are more upset here, but it is twice as long of a suspension.