NHL Fines Detroit Red Wings $250,000 for Jim Devellano’s Comments: Fair or Foul?

September 22nd, 2012 by Eric McKelvie Leave a reply »
The Detroit Red Wings were fined $250,000 Saturday for comments made by senior vice president Jim Devellano, according to Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports.

Devellano commented on CBA negotiations, the lockout and other topics in a lengthy interview with Scott Harrigan of Island Sports News.

It's very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this: The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That's the way its always been and that the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren't going to let a union push them around. It's not going to happen.

Devellano was straightforward and to the point in the interview and made critical remarks about the media, the CBC’s Ron MacLean and the Philadelphia Flyers for breaking an "unwritten rule" by submitting an offer sheet to Shea Weber. He also made comments regarding Gary Bettman, the owners and suggested that the distribution of revenue should be reversed, with the owners taking 57 percent and the players 43 percen ...

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