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by The Upper Canadien on 05/13/11 at 01:11 AM ET
For those who were following the Uptown Hockey controversy earlier this week - and based on internet postings and Twitter that seemed to be many hockey fans - I figured an update was in order as there have been a couple of interesting developments. I’ll keep it brief, because this Detroit-San Jose game has been phenomenal.
Most of you have probably heard by now that Damian Goddard of Rogers Sportsnet tweeted in support of Uptown Hockey, and was summarily fired the next day. Rogers insists (how convenient) that they had made their decision prior to the tweet, and it had nothing to do with Goddard’s being fired. Goddard has since given interviews to a few media outlets saying that the “truth will come out” and, as far as I know, has not apologized. This is just another example of the age old teaching that I remember well from my kindergarten days: think before you speak. And, in this case, before you tweet. Or Facebook. Or do, well, just about anything in this age of cell phone cameras and social media.
The other news connected with this incident is that, according to various reports on Twitter, Dustin Jeffrey of the Pittsburgh Penguins today dumped Uptown as his representation. I have yet to see it reported by the “main stream” media, but if true, good for him. Jeffrey has apparently opted to go with the respected Pat Brisson and CAA. Many people were interested in seeing whether any players severed ties over the outspoken Todd Reynolds and his dubious opinions. Well, the first shoe has dropped. I am now curious to see if any players will speak out on the subject. Kudos to a few media members, especially Bruce Arthur of the National Post and George Strombolopolous of CBC, who have done a tremendous job keeping this in the spotlight and chastising the Reynolds clan for their opinions.
As discussed in my previous posts, not only was the opinion questionable and offensive, the clean-up after the fact was abysmal. I still can’t believe the quotes that showed up in interviews following the initial tweets. We live in a day and age where the public generally forgives, and often for very hurtful actions. However, in both Reynolds’ and Goddard’s cases, both parties (and Uptown’s management) continued to defend the controversial viewpoint. Terrible business decision on Uptown’s part, and sadly Goddard has paid with his job. Unfortunate that all this arose from one person’s apparent need to express an anachronistic opinion.
And now, back to the game. Enjoy!
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