A major Canadian newspaper is rejecting a demand from the Ottawa Senators to take down a secretly recorded video showing several players badmouthing the team's coaching staff.
Post Media shared the video on its YouTube page Monday night. The driver appeared to have no idea who these guys where at the outset of the video.
"Do you notice that when (Raymond) runs the video, if you actually do pay attention, he doesn't ever teach you anything?"
"From the bottom of my heart, expressing my apologies to Marty Raymond for my role and for what happened that night", Wideman told reporters. We're moving forward and it's hard for me to even talk about because it makes me emotional and it's not the person I am, or any of us.
Things get more damaging as the 5 minute video goes on as Duchene claims that he hasn't paid attention to any of the coaching sessions in the last three weeks. The penalty killing has been as bad as advertised (29th in the National Hockey League at 68.8 percent). Two games later, they lost 9-2 to the Buffalo Sabres.
"We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix Arizona on October 29".
The Ottawa Senators issued a statement and said the video was taken "without our knowledge or consent".
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"We're passionate about our team, and focusing on growing together", the statement reads.
December 15, 2017: On the eve of an outdoor game hosted by the Senators at TD Place, team owner Eugene Melnyk criticizes fan support and speculates the team could move if attendance doesn't improve.
When the Senators learned the video was out there, they didn't want to let it linger.
June 12, 2018: News breaks that the wife of team captain Erik Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman, alleging harassment and cyberbullying.
Negative headlines dogged the Senators last season, including a threat by owner Eugene Melnyk to move the team if ticket sales didn't improve.
The organization's head coach Guy Boucher also released a statement, reading "Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play".
While it's obvious the players didn't know they were being recorded and the publication of the video online seems like a blatant invasion of privacy, it's still out there and should serve as a reminder to all professional athletes.