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Chalk up another apology: Matt Bradley says sorry to Alex Semin

Oct 17, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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Matt Bradley is sorry for saying all that mean stuff about Alex Semin.

You’ll recall back in August when the former Washington Capitals winger, now with the Florida Panthers, took some shots at his old teammate.

“I don’t mind saying Alexander Semin’s name, because he’s one guy who has so much talent, he could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn’t care,” Bradley told an Ottawa radio station. “When you’ve got a guy like that, you need him to be your best player, or one of your best players, and when he doesn’t show up, you almost get the sense that he wants to be back in Russia. That’s tough to win when you’ve got a guy like that who’s supposed to be your best player not being your best player, or one of your best players.”

Bradley also opined that Alex Ovechkin “has some growing up to do as far as taking care of himself.” Translation: Ovechkin could be in better shape.

In hindsight, Bradley wishes he’d just kept his mouth shut.

“I wish I could take it back,” he told the Sun Sentinel today in Tampa Bay. “I apologize for saying it. He’s a great player. It’s one of those things you wish you could take back, but you can’t, so all I could do is apologize and move forward.”

So let’s see, Don Cherry has apologized. Ditto for Arron Asham. Now Matt Bradley. I always thought it was hard to say I’m sorry. Peter Cetera even wrote a song about it. And it was a really good song.

  1. brianforster - Oct 17, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    I think hockey players are adjusting to the 24 hour news cycle, and adjusting accordingly. They are starting to realize that they can’t quite be as candid as they want in today’s sports reporting world. Bradley said nothing that wasn’t true and I am one of Semins biggest supporters.

  2. capsrockva - Oct 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    The only reason Matt is saying that now is because he knows he’s coming up here to play his former team and knows he’s gonna be targeted.

  3. wombat2thereturn - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    i am constantly surprised that internet naughtiness censoring software allows Semin’s name through.

    just sayin’

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