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Tom Wilson On Perhaps Being “Branded As A Dirty Player”

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

On Tuesday morning, Wilson was asked if he’s concerned he could be branded as a “dirty player.”

“I think it’s probably already happened,” he said. “It doesn’t really sit well with me. I never wanted to be put in that category when I grew up playing. I never wanted my name to be associated that way, and at the end of the day, thinking back on it, it’s all happened pretty quick. I never really had that reputation, and all of a sudden, there’s a couple incidents and people are pretty upset. It is what it is. There’s a spotlight on that part of the game right now. I think everyone knows that the physical play is definitely going down a little bit; there’s not as many hits, and the game is getting faster and more skilled. When there are those big hits, it becomes such a hot topic that it just gets instantly scrutinized."

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It doesn’t really sit well with me.

Actions speak louder than words, fella. Talk is cheap.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/13/18 at 04:18 PM ET

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The NHL is 101 years old in two weeks. Has it ever happened, in its entire century-long history, that a player has accepted responsibility when chastised, and said “I was wrong; I am sorry; and I will try to avoid doing that again” like a proper grown-up person?

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 11/13/18 at 05:05 PM ET

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If you didn’t play dirty, you wouldn’t be referred to as a dirty player by fans of the 30 other teams (and some of your own fans, for that matter). That’s what it’s really all about. Play clean, not borderline, and definitely not hitting people in the head.

Once or twice, maybe I could give you the benefit of the doubt. But no, you’ve done it multiple times over your career. It can’t simply be chalked up as an error.

You don’t like being called a dirty player? Clean up your friggin’ act. Simple as that.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/14/18 at 04:10 PM ET

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