NHL Lockout: Detroit's Ian White Speaks out Against Gary Bettman

Isaac BerkyCorrespondent IINovember 17, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League speaks to the media at Crowne Plaza Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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As the lockout continues on with no end in sight, most players have been relatively quiet in regards of talking to the media about the lockout. Some players have taken to Twitter to let their thoughts be known, but most have stayed silent.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White made it very clear on Friday what his thoughts were about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the lockout. In an interview with USA Today, White held nothing back when asked about the whole ordeal. 

"I gotta be honest. I personally think he's an idiot. Since he's come in, I think he's done nothing but damage the game."

White's frustrations were set off by Bettman's suggestion that the NHL and the NHLPA take a two-week break from negotiations. Bettman offered up this idea on Wednesday and it has been met with spite by players and fans since.

His comments did not stop at criticizing Bettman, though. The defenseman continued on to criticize the entire process as well as the owners.

"The whole process has just been frustrating," White told USA Today. "I think, just where we stand now, you'd think that we're close to making a deal if they're willing to come a little bit our way. It's something that could have been done even in the summer. So it's frustrating. There's just absolutely no need to be missing games and doing this kind of damage."

As a full-season lockout seems more likely to happen every day, do not be surprised if several more players follow White's lead and are more vocal in their criticism of Bettman and the owners.


Toronto's Joffrey Lupul has already joined White in being critical of the suggestion to take two weeks off. On his Twitter account, Lupul posted the following tweet the day after the suggestion was made:


Ya lets take 2 weeks off negotiating. Great approach. 10,000+ people out of a job because of this and we want to take a 2 week break. #nhl

— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) November 16, 2012

Ian White and Joffrey Lupul are not alone in their feelings and, with the first critical comments out of the way, do not be surprised when the criticism floodgates start to open in the next few days.