The assault of Daniel Christie has sparked a debate on the terminology of violence and alcohol in Australia. The 18-year-old is in a critical condition after being punched in the head at King’s Cross on New Year’s Eve. After a string of similar incidents --- such as the death of Thomas Kelly in almost the exact same spot in July 2012 --- there are now calls to change the term "king hit" to "coward’s punch".
"We don’t agree with the popular term king hit," Daniel Christie’s family said via a statement. "We have heard it referred to as a ‘coward punch’, which seems to be more appropriate. We have all been affected so much by this tragedy, and our clear focus remains with our son and brother during this difficult time."