Today, I Support Sean Avery

JerseySenior Analyst IDecember 3, 2008

It's a strange day in hockeyland. I am a proud supporter of the New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur, yet I find myself standing behind Sean Avery, one of the team's nemeses.

Avery has been suspended by the NHL indefinitely for a comment he made. The comment was not about poor officiating or goonish players. It actually had to do with his ex-girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert.

Said Avery: "I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada. 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. I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight."

He's talking about Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, the most recent NHLer to be linked to Cuthbert. For this, he's suspended indefinitely. For talking smack.

He didn't criticize anyone or bad-mouth the league. He simply said a line, a nasty line. It's part of the game. Seriously. Someone in the commissioner's office needs to grow a pair.

I just can't fathom this suspension. Was it rude? For sure. But you can't suspend someone for being rude.

I'm sorry, but this is Roger Goodell territory. It's utterly ludicrous. At worst, he should be fined, a slap on the wrist for being mean. But in a sport where Todd Bertuzzi still plays despite nearly murdering Steve Moore, you're suspending a guy for calling Elisha Cuthbert a name? You've got to be joking.

I feel a little dirty supporting Avery, but this is really one of the dumbest things I've ever heard.