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One of the unfortunate parts of this lockout has been the abundance of players who have insulted the commissioner.
It's great that the NHLPA allows its members to speak freely during the lockout, and it would really be nice if the owners spoke just as often, but it's not smart for union leadership to allow players to insult Bettman just because they are mad at the lack of progress being made in CBA talks.
The players' dislike for Bettman is understandable, but unneeded personal attacks shouldn't be shared publicly.
Let's look at some examples of players who should have thought about what they were saying before talking about Bettman on Twitter or in an interview with the media:
Connor Carrick of the Washington Capitals:
John-Michael-Liles of the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Kris Versteeg in a radio interview.
Detroit Red Wings veteran Ian White also made some comments about Bettman that he would probably like to have back, but at least he realizes what he said was wrong (via Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports):