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The Auston Matthews ‘Stunt’

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Then there was the on-ice incident during the exhibition season in which Matthews ridiculed an obscure opponent by pretending to try to see the name on his jersey during an altercation. Minor stuff, yes — but can you imagine Jean Béliveau acting like that? Gordie Howe? Wayne Gretzky? Sidney Crosby? Never.

That Matthews stunt was pure Brad Marchand — but Marchand has always been an outlier, not a No. 1 draft pick and the face of a franchise, cheesy moustache and all. There is a pattern here: a pattern of entitlement and arrogance, of “I can get away with anything because I’m a big deal and you’re not.”

Of course, Matthews will get away with it, given most people will take his behaviour for boys-will-be-boys hijinks, even if the boy in this instance was a highly paid professional star. He’ll probably have to do no more than make an apology and at worst, he’ll do a little community service — some onerous task, like dropping in on a couple of schools to sign autographs and talk about how great he is.

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Yeah. He sounds like an ass and I would like there to be some real legal repercussions of him being an ass. I think it’s time to start holding the rich and famous to the same standard as everyone else.

Posted by teldar on 09/30/19 at 09:58 AM ET

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Haha Jack Todd….do people in Montreal actually read his stuff or take him seriously?

Posted by MZ2215 on 09/30/19 at 10:36 AM ET

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Ryan O’Reilly drove his truck threw a storefront and left the scene, with almost no consequence.

Matthews will be fine, and continue to be a *#$%@&.

Posted by Hootinani on 09/30/19 at 10:49 AM ET

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