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Dave Bolland apologizes for his re-tweet blunder

Nov 24, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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Chicago’s Dave Bolland helped up the foolishness level of the lockout the other day by re-tweeting a fan for “wanting Gary Bettman dead.” You’ll be happy to know he’s sorry for doing something so foolish.

Bolland tells TSN he screwed up by granting the fan’s request with such a bad message attached to it.

“It was a mistake, I never meant to re-tweet that out,” Bolland told TSN. “I like to re-tweet for a lot of my fans and I just re-tweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it.”

There was no way Bolland could do this and have it go by unnoticed. His apology is the least surprising thing to happen out of this whole thing.

Maybe the best advice to give the players when it comes to tweeting and making veiled or obvious threats comes from “Anchorman”:

“Take it easy, Champ. Why don’t you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while.”

  1. stakex - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Re-tweeted the wrong tweet? Yeah, sure…

    I hate it when people screw up, and can’t just come out and say “Sorry, it was a bad call”. If you are going to apologize, do it withoutt makeing lame excuses, or don’t do it at all.

    • sheckyrimshot - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      i would have liked it if he said something like “while i dont wish gary bettman dead, i think its important that the fans voices be heard. after all we’re sitting here arguing over how to divvy up the millions of dollars that they shell out to watch us play hockey. i realize that wanting gary bettman dead is absurd, but we’re not playing hockey right now and thats pretty freakin absurd too.”

    • valoisvipers - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Stakex It must have been an equipment malfunction just like when Andrew Ferrence gave the Montreal fans the finger.

  2. mississippimudslinger - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Twitter is so effin stupid as it is let alone it should never even exist in the first place. Remember back in the day when the fans would actually have to buy a newspaper to get the info they wanted with scores and stories? now these punks share everything in their personal lives for the whole world to see…. it’s a joke , there should be a rule that professional athletes not be allowed to “Social Network” while being employed by their teams ….

    • Eberwizzle - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      wow….who died and made you Hitler?

  3. blkhwk21 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    No apology required.

  4. ib4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    dumb player make the money play games cause good rich owner man pay him from money make from smarts. Make Joey mad, joey brain make bad thinks RAWR!

    • valoisvipers - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM


      • id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        thanks for watching my back, valoisvipers.

  5. bjbeliever - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    I love how people actually think this is Bettman’s doing. Shoot the messenger, that will solve it.

    • zetaone - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Do you not remember his arbitrary Sep 15th deadline that began the lockout? He basically took his stance before serious talks were even underway. He is a little weasely “Mr. Smithers” type, and it is no wonder why he gets booed by fans every June when he hands out The Stanley Cup from whichever city they are in. He is not just the messenger, he is the Commissioner of a multi-billion dollar operation.

      • ron05342 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        If you think he picked the “arbitrary” deadline date himself and took such a stance himself without the owners’ blessing, then you are incredibly naive.

      • zetaone - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Gary Bettman is his own man. He makes $8 mill per year, and has his own opinions. If he is really that sniveling and conniving to the point where he has lost all respect for himself as a person, and is just a shill for the owners , then that’s an even bigger reason for people to hate him even more..

      • bjbeliever - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        Bettman is nothing more than a voice for the owners. There is not a deadline or a decision that is his alone. If it wasn’t him as the front man it would be someone else, same message. The September 15th deadline would have been something voted on by the owners. A vote that Bettman wouldnt actually get to participate in.

  6. id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    zetaone, question: who pays Bettman’s $8 million salary?

    • zetaone - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Indirectly, the fans via league revenue.

      • id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        League revenue equals money in the owners pocket, a percentage of that goes to Brttman, hence owners pay Bettmam. Based on your answer, owners don’t pay players. We do via league revenue. Doesn’t make sense.

        At more than $7.98 million, Bettman’s salary has more than doubled since the lockout that canceled the NHL’s 2004-05 season. In that year, he made $3.7 million. The league’s total annual revenue, including its 30 member clubs and other business operations, has increased in that same time from $2.1 billion to $2.9 billion for the 2010-11 season, up 38 percent. The total grew further in the 2011-12 season, to $3.2 billion.

        The tax filing does not include the revenue and expenses of NHL Enterprises and the NHL Network, which are not tax-exempt.

        Bettman’s base salary for the 2010-11 season was $6,090,173. Other compensation was $1,711,930. He also received $155,782 in deferred compensation and $25,868 in benefits.

      • zetaone - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        id4joey do I have define the word ‘indirectly’ for you?

      • id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        So, you basically agree that he is directly paid by the owners. Thank you. So he is not his own man. He is mandated by the owners, or board of governors.

    • tatdue - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      The same guys that titled him The NHL Commissioner and gave him the reins to run the NHL…..You Bettman lovers really need to do some research before you keep spouting off about him not being the problem. In order to stop him from doing something 75% of the owners have to vote against him (if he calls a vote on it in the first place) plus he controls the Phoenix vote. Which all means that he only needs 7 other owners to keep this stupid lock out going……..EDUCATE yourselves people!!!

  7. id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    The NHL Board of Governors is the ruling and governing body of the NHL. In this context, each NHL team is a member of the NHL, and each member appoints a Governor (usually the owner of the club), and two alternates to the Board. The current chairman of the Board is Boston Bruins owner, Jeremy Jacobs. The NHL Board of Governors exists to establish the policies of the NHL, and to uphold its constitution. Some of the responsibilities of the NHL Board of Governors include:

    review and approve any rule changes to the game
    hiring and firing of the NHL commissioner
    review and approve the purchase, sale, or relocation of any member club.
    review and approve the salary caps for member clubs.
    review and approve any changes to the structure of the game schedule

    The Board of Governors meets twice per year, in June and December, with the exact date and place to be fixed by the NHL Commissioner.

    • tatdue - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      I gave you a thumbs up for your Wikipedia research there Joey, you are exactly correct! Now tell me, do you see anything in your copy and paste Wikipedia description that says anything about the Collective Bargaining Agreement?…..Wait a second…..There isn’t! Do you want to know why? Because it’s the F’n Commissioners job!!! That’s right…..Mr. Bettman

      The National Hockey League Commissioner is the highest-ranking executive officer in the National Hockey League (NHL)

      ”6.1 Office of Commissioner, Election and Term of Office The League shall employ a Commissioner selected by the Board of Governors. The Commissioner shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the League and is charged with protecting the integrity of the game of professional hockey and preserving public confidence in the League.

      In Section 6.3, his duties are spelled out as having “responsibility for the general supervision and direction of all business and affairs of the League”, co-ordinates matters between member clubs and serves as the principal public spokesman for the League. The Commissioner also has authority over dispute resolution, League committees, interpretation of League rules, appointment of League staff, NHL financial matters, contracting authority, scheduling, officials and disciplinary powers.[2] The Commissioner also determines the date and places of Board of Governor meetings.

      Don’t you just love the part about “preserving public confidence in the League”? How well do you think he’s doing in that regard? lol!!!

      • id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        Exactly! As in any business, the CEO reports to the board of directors. You wrote, “preserving public confidence in the League”, which is completely out of context. This is about a labor negotiation. Did you ever stop to think that Bettman may have been mandated by the owners to get a 50/50 (as in other major sports) split and find ways to reduce player salaries to increase their bottom line because some teams lose money (Minnesota lost 6 million, Wash lost 7.5 million, Phoenix loss 25 million). Of course many teams made large profits, but for some reason those that lost money seem to be carrying more weight during the negotiations. Those who made money last year would want the season to start tomorrow. However, as previously reported only 7 or 8 votes ate needed to reject a PA’s proposal. So, WTF is Bettman supposed to do if those 7 or 8 owners reject the proposal?

  8. id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Guys, I’m not making this up. This information is public domain. Source is Wikipedia.

    • zetaone - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      His money and where it comes from, are of little reason for the distaste people have for Mr. Bettman though. I think the majority of people don’t like him because he appears to be heartless, and purely profit motivated (what some might call the American Dream).

      He knowingly is able to damage the lives of millions people, can collect his $8mill salary, and do it all again the next year without a hitch in his step.

      The lockout hurts those employed by teams who REQUIRE their income to live month to month (trainers, assistants, secretaries, janitors, etc). Those local neighborhood businesses whom earn a great deal of their annual revenue from the 41 home games a year + preseason, playoffs, and other related events. The people that work for the merchandising factories and distribution companies that sell team memorabilia. The list goes on and on.

      You have to be devoid of any form of human empathy to be able to make such brash decisions over nonsensically silly issues that make humanity look overtly evil and greedy; Knowing you’re playing with thousands of families’ livelihoods. Most people could take 50% of what he makes in one year, and live on that from age 18 to death, so it’s not as if he desperately needs this job to earn a living.

      And it’s not only the 3 lockouts in 20 years, but apparent favoritism toward some American teams over Canada (I’m American), rapid/delayed team relocation, plus other ‘odd’ doings..

      Ergo, he is the league villain. Whether real, or created in the minds of many just because humans psychologically need a single group or person to throw all of their hate towards – it is what it is.

      • id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        zetaone, yes. We all get the fact that there are unfortunate consequences for those who rely on business generated by NHL games. It is indeed very sad. Whenever there are strikes or lockouts there are more affected than the 2 parties involved in the conflict. And many of us donate money or goods to many families in need. The issue at stake between owners and players is a business issue. No one is intentionally stealing from those families. No one is profiting from the conflict, which unlike 2008 when the financial market crashed millionaires and billionaires were fraudulently making millions and millions of profits. Corrupt CEOs in the financial sector led a very sophisticated Pomzi Scheme a la Bernie Madoff, which by the way is in jail, whereas not one executive or gov’t representative was indicted for the meltdown. These people knowingly were able to damage the lives of millions of people, and collected hundreds of million dollars. These people who ruthlessly, selfishly, and knowingly were committing fraud are devoid of any form of human empathy that make humanity look overtly evil and greedy. Bettman is doing his job. Why is that so difficult to grasp? Wall Street, investment banks, rating agencies, and financial institutions literally screwed millions and millons of people world wide. Again, they knowingly screwed people over, and were laughing while they were doing so.

      • zetaone - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        Because what he does requires a person to have sold their soul, and causes you to do things you probably wouldn’t do. All for a little extra hooch at the end of the day than your average, modest, hard working person. I doubt he sleeps well anymore.

        I’m probably getting more philosophical than this subject requires, but I feel the lockout/NHL a microchasm of the current state of our society. People that have lost perspective on life, and don’t know the definition of the word humble. People fighting over a little extra money to add to their massive pile, while the majority of the world is suffering. People don’t put each other first anymore, it’s just ME ME ME.

      • zetaone - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        He looks more emaciated in recent photos doesn’t he? Sickly almost. Maybe it’s just age :/

      • id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:02 AM

        zetaone, I hear you loud and clear. You and many others would prefer a more meaningful job than he has, but he’s been in this business far too long to lose sleep. I’d want to be a hockey player much than I’d want to be a commish.

  9. canuckinamerica - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Does this guy even play in the NHL? Why would someone so insignificant merit press?

    • zetaone - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Lol. You apparently don’t watch hockey.

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