If What John Scott Claims Is True, the NHL Should Be Ashamed of Itself

January 28th, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »

John Scott has been a fighter for years. He showed this week he won’t be pushed around, even by his employer.

And if things were going to be awkward between the NHL and Scott at this weekend’s All-Star events before Thursday’s edition of The Players’ Tribune, just imagine how uncomfortable they’ll be now.

You may have already known that the NHL is a manipulative bully, but reading Scott’s own delicately chosen words on how the league tried to coax him out of participating in this weekend’s showcase of the stars brings the awareness to a whole new level.

If what Scott wrote is true, the NHL should be embarrassed. Ashamed of the way it treated one of its employees. Humiliated by its ineffectiveness in planning, executing and reacting to the All-Star fan vote. Mortified the details are trickling out.

The league hasn’t responded, and until it does—if it can somehow find a way to craft a message anyone will be able to stomach without choking on the oozing desperation of damage control—only Scott and certain NHL officials know the whole truth.
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