If you’re an avid hockey fan then at some point you’ve come across the website known as The Fourth Period. It’s a great source for all-things NHL, including league-wide rumors, original content, player interviews and the very popular magazine.
Today, senior writer Dennis Bernstein has an article about Sean Avery and claims that not only is he not the victim, he’s exactly what the NHL should rid themselves of.
All of this was necessitated from the Wayne Simmonds “alleged” homophobic slur directed at Avery during Monday night’s preseason contest between the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. At no point should Simmonds have even thought of saying the words that are so clearly visible – but apparently not audible – in video review. However, the issue at hand isn’t what Simmonds said, it’s what Sean Avery said to prompt Simmonds to go past the point of no return.
Bernstein gives you a thought as to what that could be:
Avery is an opportunist. He uses people and situations to his advantage, while admirable on the ice (where this sad incident took place); it’s despicable off the ice. I watched the preseason game against the Flyers and there was a preamble to the Avery/Simmonds incident. Inside of the game’s first five minutes, the microphones at ice level picked up a lone voice dropping half a dozen f-bombs and threatening to kill Flyers’ center Claude Giroux. I’ll give you three guesses who was the author of the verbiage that was heard on live TV throughout North America, and the first two don’t count. Here’s a hint, it wasn’t Nicklas Lidstrom.
Threatening to “kill” an opposing player isn’t the best course of action to take. Hurling a homophobic slur at someone who’s been a staunch supporter of gay rights is not appropriate and unprofessional.
Bernstein continues on:
With Avery already hot under the collar, he spied the ice for his next victim of his antics and the target was Simmonds. There was a dust up and words that were used by Simmonds (yes, he did say them) have been heard throughout the decades in this violent-at-times game played by very tough men. While it’s never right, that’s the reality of a testosterone driven game. While the Flyers didn’t feel the need to send the video the League office to review the clear threat Avery delivered to one of their stars (as that’s what happens in the heat of battle), Avery seized the opportunity to portray himself as a victim. He inferred that because he wears nice suits and came out in favor of same sex marriage that he was the target of a homophobic slur.
Sean Avery isn’t going to win the Lady Byng any time soon. He isn’t the most liked player in the NHL and, to some degree, his own locker room. There’s a good chance Avery doesn’t make the Rangers this season (much to the chagrin of Bernstein). To attack him in this way comes across as unnecessary but Sean Avery has only himself to blame. His past actions make him extremely tough to defend. He has to lie in the bed he has made for himself. But, in regards to Simmonds, he needs to be held accountable for his actions.
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