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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Did the league over step here?

FOX Sports on MSN - NHL - Avery apologizes for ex-girlfriends' comment:
"Avery got himself in trouble Tuesday when he used a crude expression to describe former girlfriends now dating other hockey players while speaking to reporters. Hours later, Bettman suspended him indefinitely for making 'inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game.'"
the 'crude expression' they are referring to is 'sloppy seconds' - an expression usually referring to someone who starts dating an ex of someone within a certain period of time considered extraordinarily short for a 'turn around'. Also known as a 'rebound relationship'.

I have to tell you ... the way the league handled this I was expecting that he used some crude remark that can be equated with female body parts or female dogs -- those are WAY more offensive than 'sloppy seconds' ...

in fact its fairly tame ... people use the expression all the time. People may not like to be called it, but they use it to describe others.

Look -- I think this is something that needed to be settled between Avery, his former girlfriends and the new hockey players they've globbed onto (I grew up dipped in the NHL, trust me ... once a girl has broken up with a player the last thing she wants to do is hook up with another unless she's a 'groupy' type ... and if she isn't, then she is in denial - players are not saints, not even close)

Now the NHL says it based the punishment because of they were inappropriate and didn't pertain to the game -- hey, then get the reporters under control and stop them from asking questions that don't deal with the game!!

Here's what happened:
" ... With reporters in Calgary waiting to speak with Avery about disparaging remarks he made last month about Flames star Jarome Iginla, he walked over to the group, confirmed that cameras were rolling, then said: "I'm just going to say one thing. I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends). I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight." ... "
I think the league over stepped here ... the phrase 'sloppy seconds' is not a gender specific remark, it is not degrading to a group of people, it was directed specifically towards two specific people, AND unless you knew what the story was about you would not understand -- it was not understandable by children nor is it considered swearing, cussing, or vulgar

It may have not been a nice thing to say - but its not a suspendable act either.

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