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MacLean Clarifies His Comments

TORONTO, May 10, 2012 /CNW/ - As Hockey Night In Canada went to air for last night’s game between Washington and New York, in his opening remarks, Ron MacLean described the on-going battle between the two teams and made reference to the respective cities, both of which were 9/11 targets.

Ron and CBC would like to clarify what may have been misunderstood by his comments.

“Washington and New York.  The two cities united by the tragedy of 9/11. I, like everyone on the planet in his or her lifetime, saw beyond the horror, the single greatest testament to the strength of the human spirit in the efforts of the first responders”, says Ron Maclean.

“We never know if we’ll have that spirit. The bravery, the resilience. As I made clear, the hockey games in no way compare. However Sports has proven a worthy training ground in nurturing the qualities which beget that spirit. To say he plays like a firefighter or a policeman would instantly conjure the traits an athlete most desires, especially in New York and Washington. There could be no higher praise of a player, no greater choice of a role model .

But as I said of first responders, ‘Our worst day is their everyday’. They stand alone.”

Below, you can watch and hear what MacLean said last night

I watched the segment live last night and understood where he was coming from.

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On one hand:  I hope no one was stupid enough to really be offended by what MacLean said.  He was doing his awkward best to draw a complimentary comparison to athletes and emergency personell.

On the other hand:  Why go there Ron MacLean?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/10/12 at 03:49 PM ET

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MacLean is an idiot who loves the sound of his own voice.  Most everything he says is meaningless - especially those idiotic puns he throws out all the time.  I cannot stress this point enough:  MacLean is an idiot. 

Do not be offended by an idiot.  Ignore an idiot.

Posted by Callmejerry on 05/10/12 at 04:35 PM ET

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Wait wait wait…were there actually people who were offended by this?

Don’t say ANYTHING 9/11 related without mentioning how much god loves America, Ron.

Posted by godblender on 05/10/12 at 06:09 PM ET

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