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White regrets calling Bettman an “idiot”

Nov 20, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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On second thought, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White regrets calling Gary Bettman “an idiot.”

White told the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman that regardless of his personal feelings, “there is no room for name-calling” in the CBA negotiations.

This is far from the first time a player made an eyebrow-raising comment regarding the discussions, only to backpedal – due to backlash or some reflection (perhaps both).

(Ryan Suter backing off his comments about Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold might be the best example.)

Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider told Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy that the NHLPA doesn’t condone such badmouthing.

“It’s getting a little personal,” Schneider said. “We’d like to think we are adults and can handle this in an appropriate way. It’s easy to direct your anger towards one person because he represents the owners and the owners aren’t allowed to speak. I don’t think we condone that but at the same time its a heat of the moment mistake and I don’t think anyone takes it personally.”

Some might say that Bettman is used to it at this point.

  1. id4joey - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Who’s the idiot now? Never bite the hand that feeds you. These high power executives have a very long memory and you just don’t know when you ll meet them again during your post hockey career. Next to pathetically apologize will be Versteeg.

  2. shoobiedoobin - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Ian White only made one mistake. He forgot that when we grow up, we create cultural norms to protect ourselves from criticism. White was completely right, Bettman is being an idiot. A huge one. But we’re not allowed to call things how they are. We use made-up BS terms like professionalism and tact to use as guises for concealing the truth. Sometimes they’re apt and truly necessary, and serve their original intended purpose. But sometimes old men in suits use them as tools to protect from getting their precious feelings hurt or upsetting other members of the herd in some way.

    Gary Bettman is not only an idiot, he’s the dictionary definition of one.

  3. goldenrodenthockey - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I would recommend ‘Jackass’ to be an equally appropriate moniker. (With apologies to Steve O and Bam, of course)…..

  4. katra2logic - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    What Ian White really meant to say is ‘I reget that Bettman is an idiot…’

    • katra2logic - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      ‘I regret that Bettman is an idiot…’

      Too many coffee spills on the keyboard…

  5. sabatimus - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Since White is retracting his statement, I’ll have to balance: Gary Bettman is an idiot.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Oh it’s the kettle calling the pot black.

  6. sampulls - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Gary Bettman an idiot? The same man who doubled the revenue of the NHL over the past 6 years….the same time frame where nearly all other North American professional sports lost revenue? I would hire an ‘idiot’ like that anytime of the day.

  7. csilojohnson - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    But he is an idiot…

  8. erika29 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Name calling is usually most revealing about the name-caller.

    • shoobiedoobin - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      I’d love for that to be true but it’s more an ideal. A lot of the time, the name caller is saying what needs to be said. You just have to know when it’s name calling out of emotional anger or frustration or anything like that, and name calling out of honesty. If you’re being an idiot, you deserve to be called one.

  9. jtrain1966 - Nov 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I would have no problem with respecting the players, or their opinions if they have the courage to stand behind their convictions ! It’s stuff like this that makes me think that the players union isn’t as strong as they like to portray it in the media ! I’m in no shape, or form for the players in this lockout but, they really need to stand behind what they say no matter what ! SHOW SOME BACKBONE GUYS, DAMN !!!!!

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