Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Way, Way Too Emotional

People in Ottawa are completely bent out of shape about this Ray Emery thing. Just a cursory listen to the Team 1200 today would have presented you with Bruce Garrioch foaming at the mouth to coach John Paddock, demanding that Emery be suspended.

Then hosts Glen Kulka and Lee Versage decided to test the libel laws by openly suggesting that Emery might have substance abuse problems. Kulka admitted that he had no proof or information about this, but that didn't stop him from mentioning the theory over and over and made no attempts to correct callers who said the same thing.

I'm no lawyer, but I'm sure that you're not allowed to suggest that someone has a substance abuse problem with no proof. That's almost cut and dried libel.

The emotional craziness didn't stop there. The callers and the hosts were almost unanimously in favour of just waiving Emery right away with the team getting no compensation.

Yes, Emery deserves to be reprimanded, but people are getting way too emotional over a guy who is 25 years old and obviously just immature.

At least take a breath and listen to captain Daniel Alfredsson's measured and cool response:

From the Ottawa Citizen:

"It's not good," acknowledged captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We have our fines for being late and I guess management is going to deal with it. It's unfortunate. It's a little bit frustrating, but I think he has said he is going to improve and he has been better in practice, so for me, as long as he works hard in practice, sometimes you can overlook other stuff.

"We have to address it. With management and what they're going to do, it goes along with that. But it's going to be addressed, for sure."

1 comment:

Peter said...

I was listening to Over The Edge and I was thinking the same thing (although it's slander, not libel). I also agree that the embarassment-speak is much too rash.

However, I don't think it's too much to suggest Emery needs to/should/could be sent to the minors. If he's not mature enough to take his NHL job seriously, he needs to play well and we'll look past it. If he plays poorly, as he has been this season, then there's no reason to keep him around.