“I am really glad to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery said after requesting the media to gather around him for a statement after the morning skate. “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. Enjoy the game tonight.”
The “sloppy seconds” Avery was apparently referring to is ex-girlfriend (and 24 star) Elisha Cuthbert, who is now dating Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
Thankfully, the NHL swiftly responded last night to Avery’s sexist douchebaggery, indefinitely suspending him pending a hearing with league commissioner Gary Bettman.
Also, good on the Stars organization for supporting the suspension:
“Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have,” team owner Tom Hicks said in a statement. “This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”
Apparently there’s a new Avery Rule in the NHL: don’t “wave your lumber” at the expense of women–and check your bitter misogyny at the arena door.
Related: More on Avery from Toronto Star sports columnist Damien Cox, who wonders if “there’s a little bit of Mike Tyson in Sean Avery,” compares the “misogynistic outburst” to infamous remarks made by former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, and finally declares that “Avery is gradually moving towards David Frost pariah-like status. Maybe he can blog on Frost’s new website [links added-mb].” Oh, snap!