The Associated Press danced around the actual comment, but we were able to find the so-called offending words, but thankfully the Dallas Morning News printed the actual thing.
Or, if you are more of a visual learner:" "I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada," Avery said after waiting for the cameras and microphones to get into place. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about. Enjoy the game tonight."
Avery was referring to Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating Avery's old girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert. He also had dated supermodel and Fountains of Wayne music video star Rachel Hunter, who is currently on the arm of Los Angeles Kings center Jarrett Stoll.
It's hard to feel sorry for a guy with that type of resume, but "sloppy seconds" doesn't really seem worthy of a suspension. But, the NHL apparently has a clause for just these types of situations.
Again, from the Dallas Morning News:
"The league said the statement violated NHL By-Law 17 and Article 6 of the NHL constitution for conduct "detrimental to the league and the game of hockey."
"I think the words [he used] and his disrespect for an opponent," Stars coach Dave Tippett said when asked what about the statement was so damaging. "There's lots of trash talking that goes on on the ice, but to announce something like that for everyone to hear, that just crosses the line."
Alright, your turn.First, what do you think of his comments? Do you think they are worthy of the punishment or not? Also, do you think that Avery's track record factored too much in the league's decision?
Don't worry, we won't tell Sean if you're the second commenter.