Sean Avery Comments Tasteless, But Not Worth Banning For

S. SinghContributor IDecember 2, 2008

Once again, Dallas Stars' forward Sean Avery puts his foot in his mouth. That in itself is nothing new or extraordinary. 

Prior to the Calgary Flames game, Avery had a few words with various media people.  When he had every ones attention Avery says "I'm really happy to be back in Calgary. I love Canada," and "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."  These comments are in reference to his ex's Elisha Cuthbert (now dating Daniel Phaneuf). 

These comments earned Avery an indefinite suspension (fully supported by Dallas Stars owner Tim Hicks) and a meeting with Gary Bettemen.  While these comments were made in poor taste was it really an offense worth suspending for? 

There are other more important things such as hits from behind, or cheap shots on the ice which go unpunished.  I for one think it would be something handled internally and perhaps a good thrashing by Mike Modano would have done it. 

Or, perhaps it would have been better to let him play and clean up what would have been left of him after getting worked over by the feisty Flames. On second thought, I rather like this option the best.