WE ARE ALL PO­TEN­TIAL CON­TENT

StarMetro Halifax - - BIG OPINIONS - Emma Tei­tel

I would nor­mally take great plea­sure in the down­fall of the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors — a team I live to see lose to the Leafs. But this week I think I’ve man­aged to find it in my ice cold blue and white heart to ac­tu­ally feel a lit­tle sorry for the Sens. How else can you feel for a group of guys who have been filmed with­out their knowl­edge or con­sent talk­ing ma­jor smack about their coach and their poorly per­form­ing team in the back seat of an Uber?

If you haven’t seen the leaked video yet, which ap­pears to be a record­ing from a cam­era mounted on the driver’s dash — here’s a re­play: seven pro hockey play­ers are stuffed like sar­dines into an SUV where they pro­ceed to dis

for nearly five min­utes straight, Sen­a­tors as­sis­tant coach Martin Ray­mond and the team’s strug­gling de­fence. In the words of Sens for­ward Matt Duch­ene, cap­tured on a dash­board cam­era chirp­ing Ray­mond from the back seat: “Marty Ray­mond, the only coach in NHL his­tory to have the worst power-play and the worst (penalty kill) within a cal­en­dar year.” Duch­ene can

also be heard ad­mit­ting on tape that he hasn’t paid at­ten­tion to Ray­mond’s tute­lage in team meet­ings “for three weeks.” Wanna bet he’s pay­ing at­ten­tion now?

The Sens in the video have since ex­ited the bugged Uber and en­tered a state of dam­age con­trol.

The play­ers in­volved, in­clud­ing Matt Duch­ene, Thomas Chabot, Dy­lan Demelo, Alex For­men­ton, Chris Wide­man, Colin White and Chris Tier­ney, re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment this week:

“We want to apol­o­gize pub­licly to Marty Ray­mond, our team­mates and coaches for our com­ments in Phoenix Ari­zona on Oc­to­ber 29. Our pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion was recorded with­out our knowl­edge or con­sent. We’re pas­sion­ate about our team, and fo­cus­ing on grow­ing to­gether. We are grate­ful for the sup­port of our fans and or­ga­ni­za­tion. This is an im­por­tant learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and we will do bet­ter.”

But this should be an im­por­tant learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all of us — pro ath­lete and av­er­age cit­i­zen alike. Most me­dia at­ten­tion is fo­cused right now on pol­i­tics within the Sen­a­tors or­ga­ni­za­tion it­self. How is morale in the dress­ing room? How will the team move for­ward from this? And who doesn’t dis his boss ev­ery once in a while? What’s the big deal? These are all im­por­tant ques­tions but they don’t ad­dress the big­ger pic­ture.

HOW IS MORALE IN THE DRESS­ING ROOM? HOW WILL THE TEAM MOVE FOR­WARD FROM THIS?

FRED CHAR­TRAND/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors for­ward Matt Duch­ene, back, said he hasn’t paid at­ten­tion in meet­ings with as­sis­tant coach Martin Ray­mond, front, “for three weeks.”

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