Today is Spirit Day. It’s a day to wear purple and combat bullying. This one seems to be specifically against bullying LGBT youth, which is an important cause. Stopping all bullying is important. However it becomes a gigantic joke when it’s being touted by the Boston Bruins.
Here was their tweet today:
“I’m going to fucking kill you next year.” – Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins defensemen to Montreal Canadien player Dale Weise.
Lucic then went on to call Weise a “baby” for simply quoting Lucic. So you threaten someone and then blame them for not keeping your threat a secret? That folks, is Bruins logic. Why is it “Bruins” logic? Because this is what their coach and management had to say about it.
“Players… sometimes emotions get the better of them. Whether it’s good or bad, I don’t know.” Claude Julien, coach of the Boston Bruins.
So your player doesn’t deny threatening the life of another player and the Bruins don’t know if that’s good or bad. Really? Yes, apparently, really.
“He plays on emotion, and in this series, little things became big things and that was one of them,” Peter Chiarelli, General Manager of the Boston Bruins.
Oh, so showing absolutely no sportsmanship at all and threatening an opposing player’s life because you yourself and your teammates failed produce a win, THAT is a “little” thing according to the Bruins.
So, following their own logic, the Boston Bruins are saying it’s okay to bully if it’s because you’re ’emotional’. It’s only the logical, calm, rational thinking bullies that need to be stopped. So if Spock ever picks on Captain Kirk, the Bruins will be there to help good old Jim out. Good to know. Also, according to Chiarelli it’s not a
“big thing” to threaten someone’s life.
As we know, bullies often leave physical, not just emotional, marks. And as any fair-minded sportsfan will tell you, the Bruins leave a lot of marks.
This last one is my favorite (and by that I mean the most horrific, blatant act of violence I have ever seen in the NHL). I’m still digusted that this was never even deemed a penalty. Chara, the captain of the Boston Bruins (the anti-bullying team) has his glove directly over the face of Canadiens player Max Pacioretty directing his face INTO the turnbuckle. Pacioretty suffered broken vertabrae and a concussion. While he was injured, multiple members of the Bruins organization made light of, and publicly refuted, the validity of his injuries.
Let’s face it, the Boston Bruins are what’s wrong with the NHL. They’re the poster child for violent bullies. There is no way to take their anti-bullying support seriously until they stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk.