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Keith on comments to female reporter: ‘I was frustrated from losing’

Apr 24, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

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Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith blames frustration for comments he made towards a female reporter following Monday’s 3-1 loss in Vancouver.

“I was frustrated from losing. That’s all it was,” Keith said today, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Some accused Keith of sexism when he noted the reporter’s gender in a back-and-forth about a slash he gave Canucks forward Daniel Sedin during the game. But Keith said there was “no intent” to his comments and that he respects reporters of both genders.

The reporter, Karen Thomson of TEAM 1040, isn’t making a big deal of it anyway. She tweeted yesterday: “Hockey is an emotional game and things are often said in the heat of the moment. I think this is what happened last night. I’ve moved on.”

Keith, too, says he’s “moved on.”

You can listen to the audio of the original interview here.

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Those people that thought this was sexist are MO-RONS. He was frustrated from losing and also about people who analyze the game and know nothing about what its like to play it. Simple as that.

  2. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    The reporter has moved on, why can.t everybody else. Hell I have even moved on from the Keith Sedin hit from last year. Well until Keith did the Lumberjack move on Sedin the other night. But then again from what I have seen the last week or so the Lumberjack move seems to be a hockey play now. It is too funny Keith says he respects everyones jobs but he is trying to eliminate Daniel Sedin again for a few games. He is just a d…..bag.

  3. stakex - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    A few points here:

    1. Nasty comments to reporters happen all the time. The fact that it was directed at a woman doesn’t really mean anything, and if we are going to get bent out of shape when a player makes the slightest mean comment to a femal reporter… don’t have femal reporters. Simple as that.

    2. People who don’t know much about the sport, woman or otherwise, shouldn’t have anything to do with it. I know networks like to put attractive women in these situations since boobs sell in todays world (thats not sexist, its a fact… just click around TV a little bit), but unless said woman actually knows hockey its a bad idea.

    3. If you simply want to avoid wise-ass comments from players all together, stop bothering them in the locker room right after the game, especially when they lose. Give them some time to cool off first. Otherwise stop getting bent out of shape when they say nasty things.

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    Thankfully only a handful of idiots made much of this. It was a nasty comment then the heat of the moment that could just as easily have been made to a male reporter. There is no story here and never was.

    • georgejarkko - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      It is nice that the NHL manages to avoid most controversy – at least in the US. It’s very rare that a hockey-related story makes it out of the sports section.

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    stakex, u r a moron.

    • georgejarkko - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      no one who spells “you are” with the letters “u r” ever can call anyone else a moron.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        u 2 r a moron. :-)

  5. dt58 - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    My biggest problem with this is that if those comments were made to a male reporter than it wouldn’t even been mentioned. So, if it’s equal rights that we are going for, why is there a double standard? Last I checked equal means same. If we as a soceity are truely trying for equal rights for EVERYONE than stop with these garbage stories and this hyper-sensitive PC crap.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with Keith, why are people with no understanding of the game considered experts? You’d be better off grabbing some fat slob from the bleachers who plays in a beer league once a week and you can guarantee he knows more about hockey than 95% of the reporters covering the game.

    • vanindeed - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Yeah! Fat beer leaguers are people too!

  7. capsfan19 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    This is so stupid. Nowadays just saying “tortilla” or “chicken” in a certain context and your RACIST. Ohhh i said. Jeez people need to relax.
    Who cares, this woman was egging him on! I cant believe would seriously take offense to this. Especially considering since she’s “cool” with it.

  8. tdrusher225 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    This is so hypocritical. If this was a male reporter, would anyone have said anything? These women demand equal treatment, but they’re not allowed to be criticized? Sorry, that’s part of the deal; you don’t get equal treatment only when its convenient, that’s called special treatment. Completely over-blown story.

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