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Tyler Seguin’s dad defends his son’s partying ways

Jul 14, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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We’ve heard from Tyler Seguin‘s mom on the Bruins’ partying worries and now his father has an explanation for it all.

Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star spoke with Paul Seguin about Tyler’s active social calendar while a member of the Bruins and what he says might get Tyler to ask his folks to stop talking to reporters.

“Him having a good time occasionally, and it being in the media, this was something that the Bruins thought should never happen,” Seguin said. “Even if it happened once or twice or three times, the Bruins didn’t like this happening even once.”

Getting busted having (too much of?) a good time is something that will always get you questioned by the team, fans and especially reporters. Don’t worry though, Paul Seguin can explain why his son was doing it.

“With all respect to David Krejci or Milan Lucic, when the game is over, they go out with their family and hang out in the back of a restaurant,” he said. “They’re nice and quiet and no one tweets about it. Tyler looks to his friends for comfort and where do his friends go? They go to the local bar.”

You can almost hear Tyler saying, “Daaad! Come on!” from here.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    This is a Keyshawn Johnson, “C’Mon Man” moment.

  2. travishenryskid - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    He’s right though. He’s a kid and shouldn’t be vilified for occasionally going to the bar. Buffalo did the same thing with Derek Roy. Other people go out to the bar, and because he’s a public figure, they assume he should be their friend, when he’s not, they think he’s an asshole. Have this happen a few times, word spreads, and next thing you know you have earned a reputation around town and people resent you. It’s kind of embarrassing. If he’s not getting in trouble, why do people care? You rarely hear this type of story with basketball or football players, even though they party just as much if not more.

    • stakex - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Boston did not trade their most promising young player because he “occasionally went to the bar”. It was obviously a much larger problem then that, and the team clearly felt it was having a negative effect on his play.

      I mean the rumors are that his partying during the playoffs was so bad Boston had to pretty much lock him in his room and put a guard outside the door. His mommy says that’s not true, but again…. the team didn’t trade him because he goes out for a drink or two sometimes. They traded him because they felt he had a serious problem, so I tend to believe those rumors.

      You need to understand that its not the partying the team has a problem with. A lot of young NHL guys enjoy themselves… but most of them keep it from having any impact on their game or the team. Once you cross that line, and it very much seems like Segin did, its a serious issue. When a team pays you that kind of money, they won’t deal with getting sub-par play because you are hung-over.

    • joey4id - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      The guy is a professional hockey player. Kid or not doesn’t change the fact that you are paid with certain expectaions derserving of the cash you get. And, to stay out of trouble. We all know that drinking is socially accepted, but not when it tarnishes the image of the team you represent. Your biss will let you know if you show up to work the day after a night out and don’t perform per expectations. No diff. with Mr. Kid Seguin.

  3. girouxed - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Just shut up about this already. Just making him look worse.

  4. bluenoser23 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Burke trading this clown and his family of clowns is looking better all the time!!!!

    • biasedhomer - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but Tyler Seguin has never been part of the Maple Leafs organization in any way.

  5. dboldave - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Put up big numbers and nobody cares what you do on your own time. Screw up and expect everything you do to be put under the microscope! I know it’s a different sport but when Rob Gronkowski is healthy and going beast mode on the field, people don’t care that he’s partying on his free time. Watch him get hurt and not be able to contribute and suddenly everyone is concerned that he’s not a choir boy.

    Honestly I’m tired of hearing about Seguin’s partying. I’d rather hear about what he plans to do to better himself on the ice.

  6. mornelithe - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Call me crazy, but when you start making 5+ million a year at work, it’s time to put away childish things…or, in the very least, begin to discover that wonderful thing called moderation. Do whatever you want outside the job, but once it starts effecting your performance at work, your employer is going to start taking action. Given his parents outcry, it’s not really surprising to see how Seguin has become the person he is. Their li’l baby can do no wrong.

    Either way, hope Seguin finds his way, and hope he enjoys a good career (once he decides where his priorities are). Beyond that, the Bruins are in pretty good shape going into next year.

    • travishenryskid - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Childish things… Like playing hockey, a game for kids? Seriously, there are a lot of bitter, jealous people who love judging other people for having better lives than them. Sad.

      • mornelithe - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Yeah, because you totally have to make millions to go out and get trashed every night. Seriously, that’s actually not that big of an achievement. Pretty much anyone can do it, day in and day out, making merely minimum wage.

        Your response is every bit as childish and immature as the ‘kids’ you look down upon. That you are seriously equating a child playing hockey, to a professional athlete who’s paid millions to play hockey AS THEIR JOB, is beyond ridiculous.

  7. ltcpain75 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Sounds to me “like Father, like Son”???

  8. dropthepuckeh - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The rumor I heard from a couple of different people is that Seguin slept with Horton’s wife. If true I commend the Bruins for shipping him out of town. If false I’m sorry to have spread such a horrible tale. It wouldn’t be the first time something like that has happened and sure would explain why Horton was in such a hurry to leave Boston.

    • ltcpain75 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Mods/Admins,

      Can you delete this comment please. It’s unfounded, unverified and derogatory to say the least.

      • travishenryskid - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        No more than any of the other rumors.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Sorry to offend but I never claimed it was true, I said there is a rumor going around Boston about this. While it is probably b.s., clearly there is something more to this whole story than Seguin hanging out a few nights in bars. Is it okay to reference the Lindros in Philly situation when something similar happened or does that get your panties in a bunch too? The truth will come out shortly either way…

    • dprouse - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Every time a prominent player gets shipped out of town in any city, some variation of this kind of gossip surfaces. “I heard he slept with Player X’s wife” or “I heard Player X slept with his wife”. No one ever has a stitch of evidence – it’s just an urban legend that gets started and won’t quit. I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in it. I tend to side with those who believe that if Seguin had scored 15 goals in the playoffs, he would be considered “colorful”. He didn’t, though, so now his personal habits get examined. Want people to stop asking about your off ice activities? Start playing better on it.

    • mustangmach - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      “Sorry to offend”

      But you have no problem spreading rumors.

  9. ray2013 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    The Seguins need to hire a media consultant. Time to let their boy take his lumps in the press and if they have a strong need to get involved, find out who their son’s friends are.

  10. sabatimus - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Is there anyone else in the Seguin family who’d like to spout out their opinions on Tyler’s behavior? Any uncles? How about brothers, sisters, cousins? No?

    While there are certainly things he could improve, Seguin’s parents basically pulling the “Not MY son!” assertion only serves to make Tyler look like a baby who can’t take care of himself.

  11. northstarnic - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    This whole thing just screams spoiled brat. His parents likely built their lives around him, were those insufferable hockey parents who make youth hockey coaches’ lives a living hell, gave him everything he asked for (and later demanded), and generally mentored their offspring to be an entitled chump of an “adult.” My guess is that he’d be awful to be around, only slightly more so than his parents.

  12. bellicosejeff - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Not to be a jerk here but if Seguin had a problem like some of you are stating he does. Why did they trade him? I mean it’s their right to trade a player if they want. However, the league offers assistance for players dealing with alcohol or substance abuse. If they were worried he had a problem so bad it effected his play in a noticeably negative way. Then shame on them for just trading away “their” problem leaving Seguin to continue his destructive ways somewhere else. There are other actions they could have done to help this kid if they felt he had a problem. Suspend him and order he get help on his own or through the league.

    Or maybe he doesn’t have a problem. Maybe the Bruins just don’t like their player’s drinking to be a publicly known and discussed issue? Or MAYBE, he was traded becuase there were players they wanted from Dallas and that Dallas wanted from Boston to make it work? Who knows for sure. I must say though that “his drinking/partying” is sounding like an excuse to justify the trading of a young talented player. A player’s production will dip from time to time. It doesn’t mean alcohol is the problem. It could be, don’t get me wrong. If a team suspects that is the issue they should HELP the player, not trade him away. Then trade him after he’s sought help.

    Long story short, too late. Seguin probably doesn’t have an alcohol problem…..time will tell I guess.

    • mornelithe - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      @Bellicosejeff – The player has to want the assistance, the league or team cannot ‘force’ him to do anything. It’s a job, remember, they are not only working with a salary cap, but also players who have a finite shelf-life with regards to their efficacy in the league. They cannot afford to stop all they do, just to provide crisis management for a kid (remember, he’s 21), who’s suddenly become a millionaire, and has no idea how to manage that. Not to mention managing the parents of said child, who continuously look the other way, or scream at the top of their lungs that their child can do no wrong.

      Seguin was a high draft pick, with a TREMENDOUS amount of potential, however, for whatever reason (be they off-ice issues or not) he’s not living up to that potential, nor is he exhibiting the kind of professionalism and dedication to his craft that the Bruins expected from him.

      And just an FYI, the Bruins or any team, need absolutely no excuse to trade anyone on their roster, they can do so at their whim. The fact that these stories are coming to light, is simply a sign that Seguin couldn’t keep his off-ice issues in the closet.

  13. northstarnic - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    You’re probably right. He probably doesn’t have an alcohol problem. It’s more of a maturity/responsibility problem. But his mom doesn’t think it’s a problem.

  14. skarfacci - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Get rid of him. He obviously had issues that were a detriment to the TEAM. The guy was not a TEAM player. This is a business. Make a decision. Do things for the good of the TEAM, or get out.

  15. pone27 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I would love to ask the players from the 90s, especially the younger guys what they did after games at night?

    This whole thing with Seguin is a freaking joke. I am sure there are maybe 1 or 2 other people besides me that read Roenick’s recent book about his career as a hockey player (all biased aside, it really is a great hockey book/biography,) and he speaks about the numerous nights as a rookie and throughout his career of him going out with fellow players and partying and then getting up the next day to practice and play.

    If you have a drinking problem that’s one thing, but its pretty clear to me that Seguin is not an alcoholic.

    Like said above, if he was producing at the rate the B’s wanted him to, this would never happen. IMO, Dallas made a great move. Seguin is going to be one heck of a center in the NHL. Can’t wait to see him against Duchense.

    • mornelithe - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Hey, if you can manage to go out partying every night and still maintain a high level of competition/production at your job, there’s no issue. When you’re getting paid 5+ mil a year, and vastly underperforming, then it becomes the teams problem and they dealt with it.

  16. garyleee - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    He had a production problem. Low or no scoring when it matters. Boston has a lot of pressure to deal with. He will do better in Dallas since all the fans there only care about the Cowboys. Perfect for a guy talented like Tyler. Think this is a great move for him!

    • bettwoman - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Um do you live in the metroplex because I see more texas rangers apparel than anything else. Hardly any stars or mavs. Yes lots of cowboys but a ton of rangers.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        You’re only proving his point.

  17. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    You don’t want your parents fighting your battles in this league (or anywhere as 20-something). We, in Philadelphia, saw the Lindros family contribute greatly to the fractured relationship between 88 and the Flyers organization. I know parents have that instinct to protect their children, even when they’re in the wrong, but Tyler is a professional now. He needs to act like one, otherwise his parents will fight his battles the rest of his career. If Seguin focuses his attention on training, film study, and game preparation there’s no telling how good he can be. Too many young kids wanna get by on pure talent, but it takes more than that to be the best. And teams don’t want to deal with overbearing parents, just ask Bob Clarke. I mean ppl were comparing Seguin to Stevie Y before his draft.

    I’ll be very interested to see how he fits in Dallas. Actually I’m interested in the Stars in general. They look like a potential playoff team to me. And Seguin could become a star there if does the right things.

  18. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Sometimes it pays be ‘boring’ when one acquires fame. Hopefully he matures in due time.

  19. jpat2424 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Someone tell the seguin’s to shut the hell up.

  20. blackhawks2010 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Nothing to defend, Seguin is a kid for crying out loud. I hope he’s having a good time as long as he scores.

  21. vipod4ever - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    He’s 21…a man in my books. He’s paid very well and the expectations are high. Please, crawl away from your mom’s dress and start acting like a man Seguin. His entire family is a reminder that this clown is becoming the next Lindros

    • sabatimus - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      If she lets him…

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Picture Tyler Seguin wearing a bear backpack with a leash for laughs.

  22. spitfisher - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Picture Tyler sequin, 30 years old and on his fourth NHL team……..woulda. Shoulda coulda.

    Its up to him right now.

  23. amityvillefun - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Mom and Dad shouldn’t be defending him and making excuses in the press, they should be giving him an earful in private!

    He gets all the way to the NHL and he gets traded off his team for partying and not producing in the playoffs.

    My Dad would put a boot to my ass and say, “What the HELL are you doing?!? Get your act together or you are going to blow it. You are embarrassing the family name!”

    Now we see where Tyler gets it with mommy and daddy coddling him too much. Man up, grow up, and stop acting like a clown with too much money. You have an opportunity most would die for, and you are squandering it on booze and cheap women… Dummy.

  24. bosoxfanpeds - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Tyler Seguin 1 for 70 is the only reason you are not here anymore……Let’s say you were 7 for 70 with two apiece in SCF game one and four……Are we talking about your life style……We Compare you to Derek Sanderson and say what a party animal you are……Dude Winning is the only reason your not here….You broke the owners hearts……AND YOU GOT FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUDE…………..

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