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Recently Slandered Women Speak Out

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Two of the women victimized in a misogynistic chat that rocked the hockey world this week are saddened and disgusted with what happened to them.

The women agreed to speak with the Winnipeg Sun about the impact it’s had on them, although both said they’re more concerned about other women who suffered even more humiliating treatment than they did.

Chloe Giesbrecht, a 24-year-old Winnipegger, was out on a walk with a friend on Wednesday when she checked her phone and was shocked to find she was being mocked in a group chat on Instagram, led by NHL player Brendan Leipsic, a Winnipegger with the Washington Capitals.

“Thank god I was on a walk with my friend,” Giesbrecht said, Thursday. “The reason I wasn’t so negatively affected is I was with my friend, so she was able to say these are just low-life guys that are getting off on slandering women.

“When I read the other ones, it was so disgusting. Mine was bad, but I feel for the women whose name got brought up numerous times, and especially about their weight.”


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Paul's avatar

Statement from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/20 at 12:18 PM ET

d ca's avatar

The caps just paid 100k to make the bad publicity go away….but it’s the women that are paying a far greater toll.

5 teams in 5 years and now this….his career is done, but it won’t make her feel any better after a few seconds.

Posted by d ca on 05/08/20 at 01:09 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/20 at 12:18 PM ET

Good. I don’t expect it to make the women feel better about what he did, but I do hope they can find the strength to overcome all this.


Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/08/20 at 02:34 PM ET


These women sound so normal and decent and sane.
I’m sure they’re not perfect people - who is?
But it’s jarring contrasting their openness and honestly and empathy and vulnerability - as well as their strength in reacting to this with the childish cesspool of those chats.

With an expansion team coming Leipsic might have managed to play in the NHL
as an affordable energy fourth liner for a few more years. That’s over.

These guys - even the fringe players like Leipsic - are all wealthy (at least for now) at their physical peak. They’ve been among the better players in a beloved sport that borders on secular religion in some parts of North America. Even the ones who aren’t very attractive or aren’t very cool people have likely had the opportunity to leverage that visibility and popularity into a pretty privileged position in meeting lots of women. How do they handle it? There are always going to be guys who take advantage of their position to be serially dehumanizing and exploitative jerks - or worse. Young wealthy athletes in any sport are always going to be magnets for attention. Some people take longer to grow up than others - if they ever do. That intense locker room culture of being around other guys in an intensively competitive and pretty old school macho environment is always going to be there to a degree.
How are leadership groups among the players on each team going to handle this?
It’s not a matter of: consider any social media post you make public. It’s a matter of substance. We’ve pretty much all been jerks at times growing up and have done things we find embarrassing now. It’s not about expecting hockey players or any group of young athletes with some wealth and fame to be saints. It’s about whether the critical mass of guys in a locker room - especially the younger, single guys - see this story as more than a cautionary tale and passing embarrassment and instead make it clear they expect better of themselves and their teammates. There’s a lot of opportunity for leadership in showing you can be a young wealthy single guy with the world at your feet who can have fun but also live with character and treat people with respect - especially the people who can’t do anything for you and whom you might only see once.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/08/20 at 02:42 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

These are hardly isolated incidents insofar as the nasty comments, and,  misogynistic attitudes women face in a patriarchal society every day. I know it will take eons before real change takes pace.
Another aspect of this incident, which is very disturbing to me, is how the NHL Is not addressing the use of very dangerous illicit drugs.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 05/08/20 at 04:53 PM ET

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I know it’s semantics, but Coke with a capital C can refer to a drink (from context we all can infer that isn’t what he meant—but any lawyer in front of an arbitrator will make that case) while coke with a lower ‘c’ can refer to the Schedule II drug.

The NHL doesn’t want to talk about it when voiding his contract under a morals clause; otherwise, he would be eligible for substance abuse counseling—as he wasn’t caught by a test.

Simply terminate under conduct detrimental to the team/league and cite hostile work environment (what he said about teammates and other players/wives/gf’s) that way don’t even have to pay him out and harder to grieve that than simply checking into rehab today.

Posted by d ca on 05/08/20 at 05:23 PM ET


I wonder if it wasn’t journeymen and fringe NHL players how the team would e reacted.  It’s easy to cut off the weaker links, but what if it was a Kutznetsov or someone of that caliber?

Posted by bababooey on 05/09/20 at 11:45 AM ET


The NHL doesn’t want to talk about it when voiding his contract under a morals clause; otherwise, he would be eligible for substance abuse counseling—as he wasn’t caught by a test.

Cocaine has nothing to do with misogyny.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 05/09/20 at 12:01 PM ET

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