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Video: Thrashers owner Michael Gearon breaks down crying talking about team’s sale and move to Winnipeg

May 31, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

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Say what you will about the situation involving the Thrashers sale to True North and moving to Winnipeg, it has an effect on everyone.  For the fans in Winnipeg, they’re ecstatic. For the fans in Atlanta, they’re crushed. For the soon-to-be former owners of the Thrashers, they’ve said they’re disappointed and apologetic for not getting a deal done locally.

Are they sincere about that? Well now you can be the judge.

Thrashers owner Michael Gearon spoke with the media in Atlanta today to express his thoughts and feelings on the situation that will now see the Thrashers move from Atlanta to Winnipeg after 12 seasons in Georgia. The Thrashers made the playoffs just once and since Gearon and business partner Bruce Levenson bought the team as part of the Atlanta Spirit Group in 2004, they’ve been on hard times with making things work in Atlanta ever since.

In his talk to the media, Gearon had to pause numerous times so as to not get busted on camera crying fully for the fate of the team and hockey in Atlanta. Do you believe his feelings though? Given how things have shaken out we’re more than a bit cynical. Judge for yourselves however.

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  1. sanjosecupcrazy - May 31, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    What a load of crap.

  2. SmackSaw - May 31, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Now I see why they’re leaving.

  3. nhlbruins90 - May 31, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Not only is he a bad actor, but the crying routine makes him look like a dink. Where do they find these morons?

  4. govtminion - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    “I’m only getting $110 million instead of the $170 I’d agreed on! Bwaaaaaaaaaaah…”

  5. morethanyouknow360 - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Sorry all of you people who love to hate. He’s actually a great guy who loves sports and Atlanta. Period.
    Go find someone who deserves criticism, like some of our spineless politicians and / or criminals.

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