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Josh Ho-Sang vs. the World continues

I had a feeling that this wasn't going to end well. The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons interviewed controversial prospect Josh Ho-Sang in a Thursday morning-published article, and ESPN's Craig Custance followed Simmons with an equally fascinating conversation, but the whole problem with Ho-Sang is that there is always a "last word" involved.

While Simmons did himself no favors in the "editorializing" department by engaging in a radio yelling match with the captain of the FancyStats movement Sportsnet's Tyler Dellow on Wednesday, he appears to have ticked off Ho-Sang--and his general manager--as well, as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff explains:

Josh Ho-Sang wants to make one thing perfectly clear. He has no issues with Windsor Spitfires general manager and co-owner Warren Rychel.

“Just make sure that everyone in Windsor knows that I love playing in Windsor and I love Warren,” Spitfires forward Ho-Sang said over the telephone. “I have a really good relationship with Warren. He and Bougie (Spitfires coach and co-owner Bob Boughner) have done so much for me.”

If you read a Sun Media article about Ho-Sang and the upcoming NHL entry draft, you might think there were some serious issues afoot between him and his GM. In the article, Ho-Sang, who is black, was quoted as saying that Rychel made comments regarding his play that had something to do with the colour of his skin.

“When I start dangling, my GM calls me a Harlem Globetrotter,” Ho-Sang was quoted by writer Steve Simmons. “Why am I a Harlem Globetrotter? Analogies get related to basketball all the time with me. I don’t play basketball. I’ve never played basketball. I’m a hockey player. Why are they doing that?”

Ho-Sang insists that wasn’t what he meant at all.

“I was talking about associations (made to his play), not how I was treated,” Ho-Sang said. “Warren and I will joke around about me being a Harlem Globetrotter. I think it’s funny and I told him that. (Simmons) asked me about the comparisons I had. I said, ‘Some of the harsher ones are . . .’ and then I went on to say some of the less harsh ones are like what Warren says. (Simmons) kind of took that out of context. He took quite a bit out of context.”

Continued with some comments from Rychel, as well as this:

Ho-Sang isn’t a rookie when it comes to interviews. He understands things can get lost in translation.

“They twist stuff and it’s also Toronto, right,” Ho-Sang said. “You can see the traction the paper is getting, so it’s not like it didn’t work. I don’t want to go back on everything the article said. The most important thing is Warren.”

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Fat Lady's avatar

I’m gonna say lesson learned. I would hope anyway.

Posted by Fat Lady from U.S.A. Pittsfield, Ma. on 06/26/14 at 01:01 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Im already sick of hearing about this kid, about as sick as it makes me that Simmons still has a job.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/26/14 at 08:13 AM ET

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Ho-Sang isn’t a rookie when it comes to interviews. He understands things can get lost in translation.

Yet he said something that could easily, easily be misconstrued and “lost in translation”?

Posted by Garth on 06/26/14 at 09:16 AM ET

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