Theo Fleury isn’t about to let a columnist keep his crusade against Graham James down.
Fleury wasn’t about to let Montreal columnist Pat Hickey take potshots at him saying he “enabled” James by not speaking up sooner.
Fleury posted on his website a simple message firing back at Hickey’s ludicrous accusations. Fleury says that Hickey “is more interested in attempting to pit the abused against one another, than in demanding justice.”
Fleury also says that Hickey’s column “makes pedophiles rub their hands together in glee” that the story has been distorted like this. Fleury ultimately wants to see Hickey fired for taking this position.
Hickey’s victim-blaming piece is startling and offensive given what victims of abuse go through both mentally and physically because of their abusers. Pat Hickey’s piece deserves all the blow back it is getting from the public and taking such an irresponsible stand on the James situation in the light of what’s happened at Penn State and potentially at Syracuse University as well is just unbelievable.
What Fleury did to help finally get James put away is worthy of commendation, not ridicule or shame.
The Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey might’ve just bought himself a whole bunch of grief.
In a column titled “Theo Fleury hypocritical for blasting justice system’s handling of Graham James case,” Hickey takes dead aim at Fleury for failing to speak up sooner about being sexually abused by James.
Specifically, Hickey accuses Fleury of staying silent while both Fleury and James were co-owners of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.
Here was someone who had suffered abuse at the hands of Graham James. Here was someone who knew that James had abused other players. Here was someone who was exposing other children to the same sexual predator.
Fleury has been through enough counselling to know there’s a word for someone who acts in this fashion – enabler.
Hickey’s putting himself out there with this opinion. Blaming the victim in a sexual abuse case can be a perilous path for a columnist to take. Hope he’s prepared for the blowback.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Someone found Theo Fleury’s Stanley Cup ring that he lost at the Heritage Classic and decided to cryptically call him out to get it on Craigslist. Meet them in public Theo! (Calgary Sun, Craigslist)
Barry Trotz speaks his mind to defend the recently suspended Jordin Tootoo. (Tennessean)
Meanwhile, Tyler Dellow breaks down and compares Tootoo’s hit on Ryan Miller with Milan Lucic’s in Zapruder-like ways with harsh words for Brendan Shanahan. (mc79hockey)
We’re happy to see The Globe And Mail’s Eric Duhatschek back on the beat after dealing with illness. (Globe And Mail)
Joe Sacco was in no mood to be challenged by Vancouver reporters after the Avs were stomped last night. (All Things Avs)
Bad news for Colorado’s Peter Mueller, he’s still out but now he’s listed as having a head injury. (All Things Avs)
Toronto’s Colby Armstrong is hoping to be back in action Friday night in Washington. (Toronto Sun)
Did you know? Three different goalies recorded assists last night: Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, and Vancouver’s Cory Schneider
Carlo Colaiacovo is pretty sick and tired of always being hurt. (Post-Dispatch)
College hockey news: It turns out the Alabama-Huntsville program might not be dead after all. Give it up for independent donors trying to save the school’s lone Division-I program. (Huntsville Times)
Finally, check out Daniel Sedin’s hat trick last night against Colorado. (NHL)
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris took to Twitter yesterday and seemed to defend former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for his role in the school’s sex abuse scandal.
Burris’s tweet was quickly challenged by Theoren Fleury, the former NHL star who claimed in his book, Playing With Fire, that he was sexually abuse by his junior coach, Graham James.
Fleury later wrote a post on his blog about his online confrontation with Burris:
When asked by reporters about his back-and-forth with Fleury, Burris said he was only trying to get people talking and “bring light to the situation.”
You can decide for yourself if Burris was just playing devil’s advocate or if he said something he regretted and was forced to backtrack. It doesn’t really matter. This isn’t about Burris.
For that matter, nor is it about Joe Paterno.
Fleury’s life is testament to the damage sexual abuse causes. If we’re going to listen to anyone, it should be him.
So much for thinking Marc-Andre Fleury would get off to a slow start again this season. His acrobatics in making stops against the Panthers in last night’s 4-2 Penguins win are the sorts of things you’d expect out of a superstar goalie. Good thing for the Penguins that’s just what Fleury is.
Late in the first period with the Penguins leading 1-0, Fleury went sprawling on the ice fighting through bodies before robbing Florida’s Stephen Weiss of what seemed like a money goal. Versus’ Dave Strader and Brian Engblom have the call on this early-season candidate for save of the year.
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