It’s no secret National Hockey League players aren’t overly pleased with commissioner Gary Bettman at the moment. The lockout has already flushed a good percentage of the season down the toilet, and at this point, hope of a speedy resolution is minimal. Most of the players have kept their animosity and gripes to themselves, but Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland has never been known for his tact.
A few years ago, the Stanley Cup champion got in trouble for referring to enemies Daniel and Henrik Sedin as “sisters”, and now, he’s gotten in trouble for retweeting a fan who called for commissioner Bettman’s death. According to ESPN, one of Bolland’s followers sent along a message saying, “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?” Not long after, the forward answered the plea and retweeted the message.
Not surprisingly, Bolland thought better of the decision soon after, deleted the evidence and over the weekend, apologized for what happened.
"It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out. I like to retweet for a lot of my fans, and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it."
I have a hard time believing anything about this was an accident, but regardless, it’s actually nice to see there’s plenty of frustration coming out of some of the players. Having two work stoppages in under a decade is pathetic. Owners, players, commissioner—shame on everyone involved.
Most of us aren’t wishing for anyone’s death, but we are wishing for some damn hockey.