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Avery Suspended Indefinitely

While we wait for the game to start, there's some interesting news out of Calgary. The NHL suspended Stars forward Sean Avery indefinitely for comments he made during the morning skate at the Saddledome.

Read TSN's story here. And check out the video here.

By Katie Carrera  |  December 2, 2008; 6:21 PM ET
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Is that an Onion article?

Posted by: meagle | December 2, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Damn, and here I thought it was just hilarious.


Posted by: meep42 | December 2, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

but isn't everyone somebody's sloppy seconds?

Posted by: honed | December 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: elicea | December 2, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Avery is an idiot. He deserves a suspension, though more for his stupidity than for the insult itself.

I got a warm feeling after reading this. It's great to see someone who taunts so much and fights so little get busted for being such an idiot.

Posted by: TripDonkeys | December 2, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"DO you have a camara, I just want to make one comment"

It was like he was taunting the NHL. Or perhaps he knew he was going to get a butt kicking, so he got hisself suspended!

Posted by: Leeguru | December 2, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

You just can't say that in the NHL. And when you do, you better know who listening. But really, indefintely? Was what he said really worth a indefinite? Things that actually happen ONT THE ICE DURING THE GAME get far less punishment,

Posted by: ergoroc | December 2, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Avery is a jerk, but let him play. Let the Flames have at him. Being a jerk warrants a fine, not a suspension.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 2, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Just heard that Jeff Halpern has been cleared for full contact. Good for him

Posted by: Leeguru | December 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Avery, somehow you managed to one-up yourself. Congrats pal

Posted by: tURBO8 | December 2, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

That's no worse than Reg Dunlap putting a bounty on Tim McKracken's head and he never got suspended

Posted by: meagle | December 2, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Also, this suspension just made that game unwatchable...


Posted by: meep42 | December 2, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

that's rough... poor elisha... i've been a fan. avery is a bitter man.

Posted by: rh71 | December 2, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Dion Phaneuf and Jarret Stoll disagrees with this suspension.

Either way, it's encouraging to see that Bettman has his priorities together.

Posted by: Section117 | December 2, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

That's funny. I just posted all that in the previous thread. Glad to help.

Too bad NHL suspended him. I'd watch that game.

Posted by: ranndino | December 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Like some1 said above -
being a buffoon instead of a man will get it handed to you all the time.

Posted by: Rocc00 | December 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with a little trash talking? This is hockey. Guys are not supposed to always be nice to each other. The NHL and some of you don't get the fact that someone like Avery is great for the league. Semin's comments about Crosby resulted in more publicity for the league than anyone in their marketing department could ever generate. And made everyone want to watch the next Wash - Pitt game. Just like Avery's comments made me wanna watch this game, which I didn't have that much interest in before. Get a clue.

Avery is not an idiot. He knows exactly what he does. You may not like it, but he's far from an idiot. In my opinion, people like him make the game more fun.

Indefinitely doesn't mean he'll be out for long. Indefinitely means that they haven't determined for long they'll suspend him yet. I don't think it'll be more than a game or two. They mostly suspended him for this game tonight because they wanted to avoid a possible bloodbath.

Phaneuf didn't want him to get suspended because he wanted to administer a beat down.

Posted by: ranndino | December 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

does avery know her dad is jack bauer?

i'm no fan of his, but a suspension seems a little harsh. put him out on the ice and let dion administer his own justice. stupid.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

MMMM... What word am I thinking? The condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling.

No I am not refering at Avery. As silly, stupid, idiotic, or whatever you may want to call it, comment, he is not the hypocryte. I am referring to the hypocrytes that cover the sports people. I looked at the video, and to someone like me who is the least interested in these people's personal life, that comment brought not a bigger reaction than a" HUH? WTF are you talking about? But thanks to the hypocrites covering the world of sports, NOT Avery, the name of Avery's ex-girlfriends and personal information was disclosed for people to comment. In my opinion, the people who should be suspended are these so called reporters.

Posted by: opita | December 2, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see the league cracking down on free speech. This will be a lesson to any of those uppity players trying to flaunt the Bill of Rights. :)

Seriously, as a Stars fan (and Caps fan!!), I think this is the lamest supspension I've ever seen. A childish comment is worth a suspension? In the NFL, you practically have to kill somebody to get banned from playing.

And the Stars owner is a big sissy for cow-towing to the league.

Posted by: BC97 | December 2, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"I don't care what he says. It's none of my business what he says." - Brad Richards.

How refreshing. Maybe some others should do the same.

Posted by: opita | December 2, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

At least Avery didn't shoot himself in a thigh while at a nightclub and he's not running a dog fighting operation. The NHL is a model UN club compared to the out of control frat party that is the NFL.

Posted by: ranndino | December 3, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

So..... You can punch a grown man in the face and get a five minute "time out," and a round of applause from the fans and your teammates, but if you say something that was admittedly rude, crude, and designed to instigate/ hurt feelings, not even during a game or dressed in the Dallas Stars uniform, then they send you home from work and don't pay you????


I don't like Avery at all, but I think I like the muzzle on speech even less. Even on stupid, hurtful, mean-spirited speech.

I recognize the valid point that Avery represents the Dallas Stars and the NHL, and that through that lens, he has an obligation to comport himself a certain way. And yet -- is Gary Bettman now going to suspend every player who makes any stupid statement, fine every player who ever presents an image that the NHL doesn't like? There is something very dark and Big Brother-ish about that. I don't like it from high-horse commissioners Stern or Goodell, and I don't like it here either.

Posted by: Konofish | December 3, 2008 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Suspended for trash talking? He and other players/athletes make comments like that all the time on the ice/playing field. I dont like Sean Avery but will take him over Gary Buttman anytime. Buttman is the worse commissioner in the history of sports.

Posted by: rockbroker | December 3, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I love what he said. Stir up the pot and deal with it on the ice. The NHL and Stars both, from an organization perspective, have to be politcally correct to placate the percentage of fans that would be offended by this. This is more of a society issue than a Gary Bettman or NHL issue. They are compelled to state that such a comment is rude - which I agree it is - but persoanlly I doubt anyone other than Dion Phaneuf or the lovely Ms. Cuthbert are truly offended.

Plus Avery gave Phaneuf the perfect opportunity to deal with him on the ice, and I absolutely would have watched this game. It "would" have been great. I am now circling the next Flames vs. whatever team Avery winds up on.. game.

So, IMO the NHL needs guys like Avery - personality plus - to compensate for the model citizen / boring players (Cindy Crosby). Bettman has to consider the pro's and con's of such statements and how they affect the image of the league. Noboy wants the NHL to turn into the NFL. Avery knows what he's doing and is playing the system like T.O. or Rodman. The NHL needs that, and I'm all for it.

Posted by: bonzaidrew | December 3, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This points out the glaring problem with the NHL disciplinary process and the notion that there is one set of rules for the 'superstars' and another for 'everyone else.' Chris Pronger is allowed to take cheap shots against other players THIS season - he elbowed Pavel Datsyuk in the head - yet, not even so much as a minor penalty. Bertuzzi ends the playing career of another player & his suspension is largely carried out during the lockout.

Avery is a jerk that needs to grow up, he is a cancer on any team he plays. Where was his supension when he made fun of another player who had cancer or when he verbally assaulted FANS at a game?

Personally, I thought the comment was typical Avery, shock value, perverse humor. Half the media is trying to say this is offensive & demeaning to women - you know what is offensive to me? Ok - well what about the "puck bunnies" or the Ice Girls or cheerleaders? I find that way more offensive than some guy trash talking.

This Avery incident is another example of why Gary Bettman needs to go.

Posted by: NCL22 | December 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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