Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery (shown above) was suspended for six games by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for, “inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game.”
He already served two games since he was indefinitely banned Tuesday for making what the league said were
Avery, who last year played for the New York Rangers, is one of the NHL’s most notorious enforcers.
Bettman’s ruling was announced on the NHL Web site Friday, one day after a three-hour hearing was held at the league’s Manhattan office.
Avery used the term, “sloppy seconds”, while speaking to reporters to describe former girlfriends now dating other hockey players.
His comments appeared to be directed at Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating actress Elisha Cuthbert.
I reiterate to Gary Bettman, the Dallas Stars and league officials that this incident is nothing but pile of garbage, a disgusting display of “political correctness” that has gone haywire!
Did Avery threaten anyone physically? No! Was the language inappropriate. Yes, but not worth a suspension. Fine, maybe? But not this extreme!
The NHL needs players like Sean Avery! His style of play takes us back to the league’s glory days of the 60’s and 70’s.
Suspending Avery for what amounts to speaking his mind, sets a horrible precedent on free speech, no matter how harsh the language is!
The punishment doesn’t fit the crime!!