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Video: Jack Edwards compares Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan, apologizes

Apr 20, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke is as divisive a character as there is in hockey. In Boston, he’s virtually Public Enemy No. 1 among Bruins fans thanks to the hit he delivered that ruined Marc Savard‘s career.

That was fresh in the mind of NESN’s acerbic play-by-play man Jack Edwards as he sounded off on Cooke during the first period of today’s Bruins-Penguins game in Boston. He ripped Pittsburgh’s media for nominating Cooke for the Masterton Trophy last year and then stepped it up a notch from there. Check out the video from YouTube.

Yes, he said Cooke “assassinated the career of Marc Savard” and compared him to Robert Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan. If that sounds completely bonkers to you, Edwards would probably agree as he apologized both on Twitter and over the air for the comments.

Edwards saying outlandish and over-the-top things on air isn’t anything new, but this kind of comment in the wake of everything that happened in Boston this week was probably a bit too much.

  1. pens5829 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    • sabatimus - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      As a Bruins fan, I can state unequivocally that he pretty well is a jackass, and definitely one here. At least he admitted what he said was an emotional reaction and apologized. He is one of the biggest homer announcers in the NHL, if not the biggest, and I tell him to shut up at least once per game. But at least he owned it.

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:03 AM

      Should we really be surprised? We’re talking about a Boston commentator. Boston doesn’t exactly have the best record when it comes to being politically correct or thinking before they speak. In general, people in Boston tend to be very good at sticking their foot in their mouths.

      • dentals1 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        A beth – Completely asinine comment.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:43 AM

        Haven’t spent much time in Boston have you.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:47 AM

        Try being a Black American living in Boston- then you can tell me I’m asinine!!!

  2. President Charles Logan - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    How embarrassing is it that one of the NHL’s storied Original 6 franchises has held on this long to such an awful play by play announcer as Jack Edwards is , let alone these ignorant comments he just made…. ever hear this clown call a game on TV before?? …. wow

    • tdrusher225 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      He is a homer, no question, but he is not a bad announcer at all. He and Brickley make a very good and knowledgeable team and they call a great game. But, the homerism can get a little ridiculous at times and it rubs a lot of Bruins fans the wrong way. I admire that he brings the same level of excitement to the action no matter who scores, unlike most home-town announcers. But remarks like this are a bit much, even for Bruins fans.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        Most teams have plenty of “homer” types in their broadcast lineup as well…….and most have enough tact not to make a reference to the assassin of Robert Kennedy…….No excuse!

      • tdrusher225 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        I’m with you, it was in bad taste. But for people to use this as an excuse to critique his announcing abilities is ridiculous.

    • nunan - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Wrong. Great announcer. Poor analogy use today. What is just as bad is people taking it personal and over-reacting to a mistake made by an obviously good announcer and good person. Should he have said that, especially after this week’s events? No. Should people who want to feel insulted, like their lives have been personally effected by this over-react and complain? No. Relax. He apologized. Move on.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        lol@ great announcer… “facepalm” “sigh”

      • nunan - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Just shows how stupid you are, unable to look at the situation practically bc you disliked him to begin with. So now any mistake he makes, you freak out, like he kicked your dog.. Truth is, people in Boston love him…all that matters…”reverse facepalm…even bigger sigh”…get a life so you can worry about important things. PS – Great Announcer

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        Way to use the week’s events as his excuse. Great announcer my ass. Piss poor character, piss poor announcer. His apology is worth sh*t.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      I really agree with this.

  3. upyoursnfu - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I wonder who he would compare Marty McSorely to?

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Probably Hitler, Saddam or that moron running North Korea

      • drewzducks - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Dennis Rodman?

  4. timmons94 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Cooke did end savards career. But jack needs to move on. Yes he is a homer big time. But he screwed. He apologized. Let’s move on. As a pens fan I actually think he is a great announcer and Andy his partner is great too. Chill out people

    • drone501 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      this guys has been a dick for years. why is anyone surprised.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      then you obviously havent watched too many other tv play by play guys if you actually think jack edwards is any good…. clown statement of the day you just made timmons

      • drewzducks - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Fred Cusick was the gold standard in Boston. Edwards is an attention grabbing Johnny Most wannabe. Doesn’t Pittsburgh have that pathetic “beat him like a rented mule” guy? Now he’s an embarrassment. Or did they realize his act made the Pens broadcasts sound like amateur hour?

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Yea that “beat him like a rented mule” , or Mike Lange as we like to call him, is in the hall of fame. You sir are an idiot.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Michael, Michael motorcycle!!! Scratch my back with a hacksaw!!!

      • buysamadrink - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        I’m a big Mike Lange fan. Jack Edwards, on the other hand, is a peckah.

        “Shave my face with a rusty razor!”

      • sabatimus - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        drewzducks, I think you should’ve just stuck with “Fred Cusick was the gold standard in Boston” [he certainly is] and left it at that.

      • dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        mike lange is like real reporter like mike wallace. edwards is media of today on fox,cnn etc blond bimbo/himbo who makes lots of noise.lmao

  5. stakex - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comparing him to Sirhan Sirhan was certainly over the top, but Matt Cooke is in fact the leagues dirtiest player by a mile and he did throw an intentional head shot on Savard that ended his career. It was also a serious, and sick, joke that he was nominated for the Masterton last year. So while it was a terrible compairison, his general point is pretty spot on.

    • handsofsweed - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      The only fact you should be mentioning is the fact that you used the word “is” instead of “was.”

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The “head shot” was a bad decision, but a check that would have been legal in the era that Cooke came from. Kind of like McQuaid today – he got his butt kicked then hurt himself on Cooke’s butt or whatever he did (hyperextended his knee I think), but then he got up and decided a very dangerous slewfoot on Sutter was the way to handle that. Doesn’t make him the world’s dirtiest player, even though he could have ended Sutter’s career…just makes it a dirty, bad play.

      • sunderlanding - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Yea it still makes him the dirtiest player in the league. That’s how it works. When you have a list of drity dangerous bad plays you are the dirtiest player.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Then Chara’s a solid #2. Lucic, we’ll give him 1.5. Marchand gets an honorable mention.

      • supercoop8 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Chara is your example due to one hit yet Cooke has a performed a litany of head shots and knee to knee hits over a decade. Like you I am sick of hearing him brought in to every discussion on bad hits/dirty plays but even hypothetically he can’t be compared to anyone playing in the league in terms of dirty play. Marchand would need a another 5-6 years of cowardly plays before he is in Cooke’s class. Agree with the Mcquaid assessment; the slew foot was unnecessary and dangerous.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        Chara’s had plenty more than one questionable hit, he should be thrown out of the league. Dirtiest player ever.

      • supercoop8 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Sure enough pal, probably throw out James Neal first for never staying on his skates when he hits, and Engelland for his classless cross checks on Marty St.Louis after the whistle this year, maybe Malkin for all his fit throwing, Adams definitely for being a perpetual third man in, how about Letang for his sharp elbows and stick work behind the play.

    • habhaters11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Half these people here wish they had Jack as there play by play guy….. nuff said

      • dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        think chara will ever fight guy his size like mclaren or scott. lmao

      • richter35lundqvist30 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        If Jack was my play by play guy I’d watch on mute with the Radio on.

  6. dolanster - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    He’s a joke, but a mostly entertaining one. A homer, but a sincere one. He’s got his charm but glad I only have to hear him for the few games a year that NHLN feeds me NESN. Matt Cooke deserves no redemption however, and his point is correct. Nominating him for the Masterson is ridiculous.

  7. whatthepuck2012 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    “Savard’s battle with post-concussion syndrome began following a blindside hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke on March 7, 2010. That hit forced him to sit out until May of that year, when he returned to the lineup in Game 1 of the Bruins’ seven-game series loss to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Savard made another comeback attempt midway through the 2010-11 season but following a head-first collision into the boards against the Avalanche on Jan. 22, 2011, his season was over. He has not attempted a comeback since then and has suffered from fatigue, headaches and memory loss.”
    Reading this, I can’t help but ask how it became fact that Cooke was the one that ended Savard’s career. Yes, I am a Pens fan. I was also an avowed Cooke-hater until late last season. I always believed the Savard hit to be one of the dirtiest plays ever. But he came back 2 months after that. And as far as I can tell, he was fine. He started the next season, and then a head first crash into the boards ended his season. So, if he was okay 2 months after Cooke’s hit, and still not okay over 2 YEARS after the collision with the boards, how is it COOKE that ended his career?
    I actually believed that Cooke ended his career until I discovered this. I’m not being sarcastic…I want someone to explain how it was determined that the Cooke hit did him in.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Savard even said he came back too soon. The bruins medical staff deserves a good amount of critism for letting him come back too fast, but fans of the bruins would rather crucify Cooke then blame their medical staff for poor judgement.

  8. matthews4 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    cooke shot was the first starting a series of concussions once your Badley concussed like that it’s a medical fact that the next ones are easier to come so no he was not fine

  9. sjsharks66 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I love jack edwards. He is one of the best play by play announcers in the league. However, he makes ridiculous comments like this sometimes and you just want to slap him.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      you shouldnt even be allowed to post on this website after an ignorant comment like that.

  10. rushledger - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Bruins medical staff has got off Scott free, they allowed Savard to come back in 2010 way too soon. Also Savard being on LTI in 2011 allowed the bruins cap space to get Peverly and Kelly, but lets ignore that too.

  11. cheesesteak75 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    This clown should be fired after everything that has happened in Boston this past week!

    • matthewmacisaac - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      This clown should be fired for being a Douchenozzle. This has nothing to do with all the other events.

  12. malkinrulez - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Cooke has played a solid game w/ no dirty hits for 2 years . Cooke got the message changed his game and is a different player Now.

  13. sharkmaster88 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Typical Boston and New England sports commentators can’t keep their mouths in tact and don’t believe of any team west of Mississippi! Well you idiots where is the Stanley Cup, the World Series Trophy and if the holding call had been made where would the Super Bowl trophy be? WEST COAST so the idiot comments are par for the course

    • habhaters11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      your an idiot

      • buckyblackhawk - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        you are or you’re an idiot……………example: You’re an idiot, because you used your an idiot.

  14. statjohnny - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Wow! Bruins announcers being stupid, and saying asinine stuff?! Shocking! In other shocking news the pope announced he’s Catholic.

  15. friedberg7 - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I am a Pens fan and I love this quote. Don’t apologize Jack! You are speaking from the heart and I respect that. In a world where we have to watch every little word we say I am not upset. And I am sure Cooke isn’t going to lose sleep over this.

  16. thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    As a Caps fan and a hockey fan, I have to say that Craig Laughlin and Joe Benanati make up a great duo and have been calling Caps games for years.

    • thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Dislike huh? lol These two know their Hockey and unlike Jack Edwards they actually point out flaws in the team they cover.

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Your talking about the capitals here. If they didn’t comment on their flaws, what would they have to talk about?

      • scalfor3 - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:16 AM

        Jack Edwards does get on the Bruins when they play poorly. Also has had no problem calling out star players (Chara, for instance) when they do crappy things like diving.

        Everyone knows the biggest homah in the boston media is Tommy Heinsohn.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      they are 2 of the better announcers in the sport I agree

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        the caps announcers that is , they are good

  17. bubblehead22 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    As if the Bruins haven’t had their share of “assassins” in their history. F’ing hypocrite, just like Murray in Ottawa

  18. 13yrsmlbvet - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Didn’t bother me one bit. I love Jack. Call him what you want but, to me, it’s like I am sitting in my living room with my buds watching the game. No issues.

  19. caniac4ever - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Edwards and Brinkley are terrible! Edwards shows so much favoritism it’s ridiculous. Brinkley is a joke as well. Both are homers. #2 homer would have to be Joe Benadouchei.

  20. dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    another sadly example of the no class team bruins have become. where are the days of orr and bourque. if jack has any real chops as reporter . he would question the bruins team doctors. look how different a classy team like pittsburgh handled crosby. bruins had too be manly men play hurt morons.savard should have had balls to say i can’t play like crosby.who cares if people say you are do have to have brain functioning for it to be possible to have a concussion. ie marchand. .flatline lmao

  21. csilojohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    I didn’t like the comment. I didn’t like the apology even more though. Why do these people even waste their time?

  22. csilojohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Home town announcers are going to be homers…. I don’t think he is a horrible announcer. Douche yes. I really just can’t stand his voice.
    Really though, based on the facts it is incorrect to say Cooke ended Savards career. The boards on the other side of the country did that. As well as the overall lack of knowledge about concussions at that point. The nomination was based on how drastically he changed his game. He was paid to be an agitator. To walk the line. (doesn’t have great balance)
    Without that he has become an even more important cog on this team. I can think of a couple guys still hanging out on the wrong side of that line. Who have yet to prove they have the skill to do anything else.
    That being said I totally get still being upset about previous questionable play.

  23. giantssb42champs - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM


  24. dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    rfk would have been just like his brother. 100% bust as president. all he would have done is be like jack screw lots of women who were not his wife. the limousine liberals preaching to southerns about racism lmao.

    • chadc84 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      You know this is a hockey website right?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      You sir are an idiot and are surely living up to your name. Just because he brought up RFKs assassin doesn’t mean you should go off about a great President and his brother, both of whom were tragically killed in cold blood. And like chadc says, this is a hockey site.

      • dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        lmao name is easy target on purpose. as for content have read posts majority have politics in them. guess it is only okay if say right things lmao. we do live in world we have censor tv and radio because one poor soul may see or read. the apology was only done because either the league or someone from penguins wanted. if edwards or anybody working with him had problem. he would have immediately apologized. have a couple recent examples of reporters doing this immediately.lmao.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Okay well that’s fine to point out as we do live in a very PC world anymore, but the things you were implying are atleast as inappropriate as what Edwards said. I don’t want to put words in your mouth but the way I interpreted your comment was that you were glad RFK wasn’t around to run for President. And then threw in an easy and unprovoked jab at liberals. JFK obviously wasn’t faithful but that shouldn’t be part of judging his performance as President. How many times have we seen these “pro-family” politicians get caught for infidelity and worse? It seems to be part of Washington life. JFK and RFK both gave their lives in the service of this country and they deserve respect.

      • dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        see people are able to say saddam or hitler fine. but the kennedy myth lives on. we have no clue if kennedy would have been successful but people seemed to have given brothers credit for things they did not do. much like ronald reagan is reason berlin wall fell. if apology was sincere he would not have mentioned league that says gary or league called gave them crap. his bosses were told to say something.

      • dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        do feel for poor jack. two things guess he lives in a world you can’t change and learn from your mistakes. i believe matt cooke can change we do have choices. as the awful ones people made in boston this week show.second jack suffers from what jerry seinfeld said cheering for a piece of cloth. jack is my team is always right others always wrong. i prefer to cheer for indidviduals not a mindless followers pack mentality like happens in european soccer. i cheered for bourque,orr .could never cheer for julien don’t like two faced hyprocrites. also never cheer for anyone who refers to it as our game. you do not own it fool. lmao

  25. modellforprez - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    thats ok Jack we forgive you. bad week long week indeed…

  26. giantssb42champs - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I honestly had no idea Mr. Ed worked Bruins games.

  27. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    It’s funny that at the end of the video he criticizes the Pens organization for a “lack of judgement”. One of the most hypocritical statements I’ve ever heard. Not a Cooke fan but Edwards was totally in the wrong.

  28. smdy87 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Yet another case of people being to sensitive….im probably making half of you cry by saying this.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      You made me laugh at you.

  29. jaker85 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comparing Jack Edwards to Mike Lange is like comparing Sirhan Sirhan to Matt Cooke.

  30. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Just another example of classlessness. Not surprised at all.

  31. billsboy88 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Mike Lange is awesome. I love listening to him. He is a broadcast legend.

    Say whatever you want about Cooke, but Lange is off limits.

    • drone501 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      now steigy is another whole story lol

      • Eric Broz - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Paul is just awful. I’m glad most of the games I watch are muted.

  32. ironman721 - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Least important event in Boston this week! God bless all the good people of Boston from a Pens fan. You are all in my prayers.

  33. herc883 - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    This guy is a complete clown

  34. travishenryskid - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Jack Edwards is the Matt Cooke of broadcasting.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Your implying Jack Edwards has talent. That is not true.

  35. dumbassgreg - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    does that mean then edwards can learn from his mistakes change as cooke seems to. or win jack next game be his usual self team wearing my jersey can do no wrong.

  36. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    How is this guy still employed?

  37. jimw81 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    explains why espn let him go.

  38. dumbassgreg - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    jeremy jacobs is the reason he has job. cheap hires people no else would.lmao. those who say cooke could not change stan mikita was one of dirtiest players in his early career. won lady byng later.

  39. dan46778 - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Has a bruins fan I can not stand jackass Edwards to much being a homer… Jackass should know how ppl from mass view the Kennedy’s… I hope some day soon Nesn firs his Unknowledgeable hockey ass

  40. bobhpine - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    What a tough guy Edwards is. I remember him calling for the Bruins to remove 9 of Crosby’s teeth following the Savard hit.

    Tough talk from such a scrawny little puke.

    If you ever put Edwards in a room with Matt Cooke, Sidney Crosby, or anyone else in the NHL who Edwards has talked tough about, he would cower and beg for mercy.

    Do people in Boston like this trash? Just as an announcer the guy is annoying and does nothing but detract from the game with his grandstanding. Paper tough guy tool.

  41. vanfoodman - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Wanna see dirty?

    Now that’s dirty, no, sorry, that’s criminal! Literally! And to believe this guy is still employed by anyone involved with the NHL!!!???!!!???

  42. matthewmacisaac - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Edwards and Brickley may have great hockey knowledge but they suck because the Homerism is over the top. they let it get in the way of calling the game as it is played out. The Penguins announcers are the same way. I agree with Cooke being named for the Masterson as ridiculous (give me an award for not being as big a scumbag as I used to be) but Edwards kills his argument by coming of as a whiner (as his sportscasts always do). The Penguins and Bruins announcers should listen to the real pros of their trade( Toronto,Buffalo, Carolina, Washington, and Philadelphia all have excellent examples). Pittsburgh and Boston’s pairings make me watch the game on mute.

  43. rosettast0ned - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Look, I realize what he said was in poor taste, added to the fact that the guy is a complete homer. I get it, he’s obnoxious, I’m a Boston fan and I don’t care too much for Edwards either, but don’t you all think this is being blown just a little bit out of proportion? Edwards screwed up, he owned up to it, it’s not like he pulled an Imus and blasted a whole team for reasons almost completely unrelated to sports. As far as Matt Cooke goes, I really don’t care for the guy but even as a Bruins fan I can admit he has made great strides to turn his game around. Put it into perspective, in the grand scheme of things this really isn’t that big of a deal. Announcers sometimes say some idiotic things in the heat of the moment, it happens, it will continue to happen, move on. The pens won anyways, it’s not like his commentating destroyed or even altered the outcome of the game in any way what-so-ever. So once again, is this really that BIG of a deal.

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