On Dec. 2, 2008 Sean Avery made the following statement: "I'm really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada, I just wanted 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."
A few hours later NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suspended him indefinitely for "inappropriate comments not pertaining to the game."
Now, on Dec. 5, 2008, after much discussion by NHL officials, media, and members of the Bleacher Report, Sean Avery has been given a six-game suspension.
Why exactly Sean Avery was given a six-game suspension I do not really know, but I do know that neither the Dallas Stars nor Sean Avery are very upset about it. I personally think Sean deserved zero games, but it is Colin Campbell and Gary Bettman, and when two idiots are making a decision, they are bound to come up with an idiotic one.
Sean Avery is a good guy and does not deserve to be treated this badly for his mistake. I am sure everyone realizes that Sean Avery made a mistake and said something he should not have said on camera.
Some people in the media are making Avery look like some kind of criminal for what he said. He certainly does not deserve Don Cherry saying, "not only is that the most disgusting thing I have ever heard in hockey it's the most disgusting thing I've ever heard in sports."
I am sure more disgusting things have been said, but Cherry's narrow mindedness blinds him from seeing the truth of how little this actually means. If Sean Avery wants to act like he is in grade five, then that is his business. Let him make an ass out of himself, but there is no reason to suspend him.
The NHL has made a big deal out of nothing in an attempt to attract media attention. Sean Avery did a good enough job of that without the NHL's help.
Now we are all stuck wondering what would happen if Sean Avery were to dress and go out and have to face Dion Phaneuf and Jerome Iginla for his comments. Avery would have gotten his ass kicked and that game would have attracted way more viewers.
The NHL needs to lighten up on issues like this. Just fine him $12,000 and let's get on with life. No need for a suspension. If Avery never plays another game in the NHL, a lot of people will be very upset, and a lot of people will be very happy, but overall the NHL will be sorry it made this move.
So in the end, there are a lot of teams that should give Avery's big mouth a second chance because, as the stats for 2007-2008 prove, though a pain in the ass he still is very useful!