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Fan asks Chicago’s Bolland for “wanting Bettman dead” re-tweet, Bolland obliges

Nov 23, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

Maybe this is what Don Cherry was talking about?

On Friday, Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland utilized Twitter’s re-tweet function — a feature that allows users to share someone else’s tweet with their followers — for this message:

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So…that happened.

Suppose the argument here is that Bolland didn’t write the message himself and was only passing along the frustrations of a fan.

But given what’s implicit in a re-tweet — and how offside this particular one was — the counter-argument is that common sense should’ve kept this from ever happening.

As for what it means on a larger scale, Bolland’s actions are just the latest in an ongoing series of anti-Bettman statements from players:

— Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White called him “an idiot.” (link)

— Florida forward Kris Versteeg called him and deputy commissioner Bill Daly “cancers.” (link)

— Montreal forward Brandon Prust tweeted that “Bettman’s autobiography is in stores now. It’s titled ‘how I destroyed a sport and a nation.'” (link)

Though no longer a part of the NHLPA, ex-player Jeff O’Neill tweeted “Bettman stop talking to the media. I wanna ‘make whole’ in your **** head.”

Finally, it’s worth noting that Bolland hasn’t always shown the greatest judgment when it comes to public image.

Last December, he referred to Daniel and Henrik Sedin as “the sisters” on a Chicago radio station, then said the city of Vancouver was full of “weirdos.”

He later backed off those comments, so don’t be surprised if that happens again.

Update: Surprise! Bolland has deleted the retweet. Or de-retweeted. Whatever.

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