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Ron MacLean clarifies 9/11 remarks

May 10, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

Ron MacLean - Hockey Night In Canada

The CBC’s Ron MacLean released a statement today clarifying the remarks he made referencing 9/11 prior to last night’s Capitals-Rangers broadcast.

First, what he said yesterday (you can watch the video on Deadspin):

“From the capital of the U.S. of A., it’s New York and Washington. The economic and political engines of America, united in the birth of the country, they’re also linked in tragedy. They were the twin targets of the coordinated attacks on 9/11. It’s crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time, but a spirit has to start somewhere.

…You can’t help but be struck by the players and the way they’ve played these games. They are like police officers, they are like firefighters. You can’t fight fire with ego

…The pain these men have faced, the price they keep on paying, the hearts they keep on lifting.

…We all know about the firefighters. Our worst day is their every day.”

Now, his statement:

“Washington and New York. The two cities united by the tragedy of 9/11. I, like everyone on the planet in his or her lifetime, saw beyond the horror, the single greatest testament to the strength of the human spirit in the efforts of the first responders.

“We never know if we’ll have that spirit. The bravery, the resilience. As I made clear, the hockey games in no way compare. However sports has proven a worthy training ground in nurturing the qualities which beget that spirit. To say he plays like a firefighter or a policeman would instantly conjure the traits an athlete most desires, especially in New York and Washington. There could be no higher praise of a player, no greater choice of a role model.

“But as I said of first responders, ‘Our worst day is their everyday’. They stand alone.”

  1. govtminion - May 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Hmmm… he may have been sitting too close to Cherry for too long. That really hardly even makes sense.

  2. comradeast - May 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    What a jackass!

    Someone should wait for him in a dark alley and give him the opportunity to meet a first responder.

  3. sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Foot meet mouth. Still pales in comparison to what mendenhall said about 9/11 when we killed bin laden. When will people learn to think before speaking.

  4. ron05342 - May 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    It’s probably best not to compare the tragedy on September 11 to sports.

    Or anything, really.

  5. cweez2 - May 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    If only Sean Avery could respond first.

  6. biffnasty - May 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    He sounds like an idiot

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      MacLean is a class act almost 100% of the time but he put his foot in his mouth here. As ron05342 already said, it would’ve just been best to avoid any 9/11 comparisons.

  7. lewdood - May 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Oh give me a break. The snap response of being aghast when someone mentions 9/11 regardless of context has got to stop. MacLean was honoring the spirit of firefighters and police officers everywhere, and saying that hockey players gritting it out in the playoffs embody some of the characteristics these guys show every day of their lives.

    And anyone who has ever once watched Hockey Night In Canada can testify that this guy shows more support for fallen police, firefighters and soldiers in a single five minute intermission segment than American media shows in a month.

    How about we ease up on the hero worship in general, and stop getting our undies in a twist whenever someone refers to the numbers 9 and 11.

  8. buckemtp - May 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    As a first responder, this doesn’t bother me a bit. People getting worked up over nothing.

  9. bedminsterboy - May 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I agree with Ledwood.

    If anyone has ever watched Ron Maclean they’d know the reverence with which he treats the armed forces & emergency responders.

    I also agree that as devastating as the events of 9/11 were – it’s about time that people stopped getting undies in a twist whenever 9/11 is mentioned.

  10. takingbovadasmoney - May 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Ah, all the first responders were shaking down the donut shop for free food to worry about what a sports announcer said.

  11. charlutes - May 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Pompous guy with a big head trying to wax poetic fails misrrably. One more time, for the thousandth time, this time for Ron Maclean: You report hockey scores. Then u introduce an ex player who then reports the game as it unfolded. This is not hard, stop trying to be poetic, your a sports desk jockey, not a philosopher.

    • kitshky - May 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Hes the host of HNIC … he doesn’t report hockey scores. He is resposible for the pace, structure, and overall emotion of the broadcast. To refer to Ron Maclean as a “sports desk jockey” leads me to believe you’ve never actually seen a broadcast, and if you have, makes me seriously question your IQ.

      And by the way, for someone who’s trying to criticize … you need to seriously rethink your grammar and spelling.

  12. brian32556 - May 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    As a Vet from NYC and the son of an NYC firefighter, I have no problem with Ron MacLean’s remarks. He’s always been above board in my opinion (now living upstate and viewing Hockey Night in Canada via cable regularly). Another journalist waxing eloquently.

  13. downlinerz2 - May 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Another big to-do over nothing! He could not have been clearer that he was not comparing the two. There is nothing in his statement that warrants the kind of responses I have seen.

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