Re: Suspension pending
posted at 10/11/2010 9:08 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Suspension pending
[QUOTE]I'm always baffled by the NHL's discernment of right and wrong. So, Wiesniewski has a suspension pending for making a lewd gester, and a couple of years ago, Avery got, I believe a 4-5 game suspension for making a rude remark to another player about his dating his ex-girlfriend. Okay fine, so the NHL wants to instill a certain code of conduct for it's players - how chilvarous of them! But when Matt Cook nearly ruins another player's career, he gets nothing. Guess goonery is fine as long as it's done with a please and a thank you...
Posted by Mish11133[/QUOTE]
Avery's comments about Dion Phaneuf's girlfriend were not made to
Phaneuf (hell, guys make rude comments to each other constantly on the ice, that's not newsworthy), but to a TV camera crew that Avery deliberately invited to film his obviously prepared, deliberately offense little speech. If it had been anybody else, they probably would have received a slap on the wrist, but since it was Sean Avery, who has a history of embarrasing the league with socially unacceptable behavior, he got hammered (and really, are there many other hockey players who would actually pull a stunt like that?).
As I said, I agree that suspensions should be automatic and heavy for deliberate attempts to injure, but looking at such things as obscene gestures and comments as a totally separate issue
, I do agree that there has to be a standard of conduct for the NHL and its minor league affiliates.These are public figures, and their actions are a reflection of the league, for better or for worse.