Who is more of embarrassment for New York Rangers franchise, Torts or Avery? You decide...
From Rangers Report by Rick Carpiniello, Apr. 27, 2009:
It is actually unbelievable, isn’t it, that John Tortorella hasn’t issued a public apology, a mea culpa, for
A) hitting a woman in the head with a water bottle and
B) being suspended for Game 6 of a playoff series after talking about discipline? That he feels no need to make amends with the fans?
Blair Betts has a broken orbital bone in addition to a concussion. So he’s out long term. Donald Brashear has a hearing with the NHL today regarding the hit—which Tortorella said was not an elbow, but said it was “a head shot and late.”
Here’s the text of Larry Brooks of the Post having the guts to go face-to-face with Tortorella, and Tortorella stubbornly refusing to take any responsibility, or to be accountable, for his actions in D.C. that left his team short-handed for a crucial playoff game:
Your response to being suspended?
I have no response. I’m not discussing that.
You’re not discussing the fact that you were suspended for a playoff game?
That’s just what I said. I’m not discussing that. Next question.
You’re unbelievable, John. Unbelievable.
You guys have your opinions on that, write ‘em.
So, like, a player commits a mistake during a game, he doesn’t have an obligation to talk about it?
You guys think you’re entitled to all information, Larry. I’m not giving you any information.
I’m not asking for information. I’m asking your opinion of being suspended in the middle of a playoff series.
You have an opinion. You don’t need me in the conversation.
I need your opinion.
You don’t need mine, and I’m not gonna give it to you. Next question, please.
Rick Carpiniello's opinion: Tortorella couldn’t be more wrong here. He messed up royally, on the day he scratched an important player, Sean Avery, for his lack of discipline. He put his team in a bad spot at a huge time, and he brought embarrassment on the franchise—which doesn’t seem capable of being embarrassed.
Sean Avery should be deported to Canada. :-) He is the real embarrassment and shame to NY Rangers to employing such trash.
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