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Sean Avery: Gimme a Sloppy Second Chance!

12/4/2008 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Hockey hothead Sean Avery is scrambling to make up for the foul comments he made about his ex girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert, by releasing this apology:

"I would like to sincerely apologize for my off-color remarks to the press yesterday from Calgary.

"I should not have made those comments and I recognize that they were inappropriate. It was a bad attempt to build excitement for the game, but I am now acutely aware of how hurtful my actions were. I caused unnecessary embarrassment to my peers as well as people I have been close with in the past.

"I apologize for offending the great fans of the NHL, the commissioner, my teammates, my coaching staff and the Dallas Stars management and ownership. As many of you know, I like to mix it up on and off the ice from time to time, but understand that this time I took it too far."

Sean was suspended indefinitely by the NHL for saying another hockey player was lapping up his "sloppy seconds" (Elisha) -- his apology came from SportingNews.com. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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1.

Sandrella    

Wow, no apology to the person he offended the most? Elisha......tsk tsk, no class.

2060 days ago
2.

YES WE CAN    

Who really cares........whats that guy from the Giants doing? Is he in jail yet? What about OJ? Lock up those punks and leave this guy alone, no one cares about Hockey anyway. All of us would LOVE his sloppy seconds. I dont believe his apology but at least he didnt shoot himself.

2060 days ago
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jc    

My God...you'd think this guy KILLED somebody! All he did was SAY something and it wasn't THAT offensive. They've blown this WAY out of proportion.

2060 days ago
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Navy Wyf    

I really don't think that he needed to be suspended. Suspending him was extremely over the top by the "superiors". I would like to know how many if the "superiors" have said something along the same lines, about their exes and did not get the same treatment. I, personally, thought it was funny. All Mr. Avery said was something, I'm sure, that any other, redblooded, American male would of said to anyone else. Lift the suspension and recind the apology.

2060 days ago
5.

boot    

He finally went too far and his apology is too little too late. His ridiculous antics over the years have finally caught up with him and while some may argue that suspension was too heavy, I'd say it's the final blow to take this jackass out for a bit.

The NHL deserves better and we don't need this moron ruining its image.

2060 days ago
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Lynda Diane    

Not only were his comments crude, they were also abusive - it is a big deal to degrade another human being - with Dec. 6 almost upon us, let's remember the women who gave their lives at the Montreal Massacre 19 years ago and realize how far rage can go when directed at women. Maybe Avery should have to do something a little bit more than apologize to everyone other than the woman he verbally abused. Good thing most of us realized he has no class anyway.

2060 days ago
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HOLY ISH    

Words are like spent arrows, once you say them you can NEVER get them back. He is nothing but a low class pig. I would be embarrassed if I were his girlfriend, mother, wife, etc. Wash you mouth out and control your edit feature.

2060 days ago
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Howard Hughes FU    

Dave morrissey-lincoln nebraska is Joy Avaness ake andy cipollo,howard hughes`s kid`s coverup crew.Andy Ciopllo fake sony CBS fox bit player is long since dead and david morrissey ake is now Joy Avaness and just as dave morrissey is a childless mobster masoic dispatcher so is his female side.Mormon`s had ton`s of kid`s and mobsters are still trying to find and kill every last one of them-power and control by all white far far right wing murder INC and kichen cabinet(SS).Split on that loser-the jewjew got everything as per pre design so.. your too late to repete me to death and I have the negitive genny anyway so I can cut your radition broadcastSSing to zero yes buy or rent everything around me but I will be around much longer than you will anyway.

2060 days ago
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hoochie mama    

BOOT, what image is the NHL trying to attain? What are the NHL ratings, on TV....do they even register?
What kind of ratings do the Stanley Cup Playoffs generate? 1.0 - 2.0?
The only person that Avery needs to apologize to, is Cuthbert...I think the NHL has more problems, on their hands, than this..

just my opinion

2060 days ago
10.

oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

Looks good on him, he is a classless arrogent self centred fool, nice to see him finally get a prognosis of foot and mouth disease, now sit back young man and chew on ur words....loser

2060 days ago
11.

Sad    

This is crazy. Who cares what he said. He did not cus or put anyone down...just merely stated a fact. He was not calling anyone out by name and it was not an offensive remark unless you are a moron. Leave the man be.

2060 days ago
12.

Leslie    

Fort Worth Star Telegram December 4, 2008
JENNIFER FLOYD ENGEL
jenfloyd@star-telegram.com

Sean Avery likely has played his final game as a Dallas Star, and not because of "sloppy seconds."
His remark about how Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, among other NHLers, have gone green and recycled his girlfriends was actually, probably, among Avery’s best moments as a Star. At least he generated SportsCenter buzz with his little funny, unlike with his play.

And really? We’re offended by this?

In an area that includes a cornerback who introduced us to the phenomenon of "making it rain" and a small forward who cracked on the national anthem?

How uptight have we become when "I just want to comment on how it’s become a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds" becomes deemed as suspension-worthy?

Of course, NHL commish Gary Bettman did so because he’s a reactionary wussy who probably had to look up the term in his urban dictionary.

Why the Stars piled on is a far more interesting tale.

The short version: Avery’s teammates despise him, as evidenced by them flatly telling his rep "Tell your client to go to ..." when he tried to set up an in-locker room apology Wednesday morning. He has lost his coaches’ trust. He has embarrassed this organization, owner Tom Hicks and ticked off his only ally in co-GM Brett Hull.

Truth is, nobody wants him back.

In fact, Stars coach Dave Tippett paused long and hard Wednesday when I asked if he thought Avery could possibly return to this locker room.

"I think it would be very hard, if not impossible," Tippett said.

Of course, his job is easier with Avery. The dude might be a first-class jerk, but when properly channeled, he is a good player. So why not forgive all and welcome him back?

"I don’t know what message we are sending by bringing him back into the dressing room when players are questioning if his motives are team," Tippett said.

In other words: Good-bye, Avery. And for good reason.

I just wish the Stars would have been honest and issued a press release saying, "Mr. Avery’s comments, while impolite, were not suspension-worthy. Luckily, for us, they give us an opportunity to dump his butt, something we’ve wanted to do almost since he arrived. It turns out he really is a jerk and nobody likes him."

Several Stars types say Avery annoyed this organization when he served as party planner for a boys’ night out in New York, where he and a few of his fellow Stars might have been overserved.

No judgment. I, too, have been overserved a couple of times in my life, just never before a big hockey game. And this just happened to coincide with a big, fat, ugly Stars debacle in New Jersey.

Avery also decided to buck convention and stay in a different hotel than the team on a West Coast trip in November, which is just not done. Staying together is, at least somewhat, for team-bonding purposes. Of course, to be fair, sources said at least two other players also chose to stay elsewhere as well.

Tippett declined to comment on said incidents other than to say, "We’ve had to amend some of our team rules. We have taken steps."

Because of Avery?

"I want to be real precise: This is not all about Sean Avery. This is about a team that is in last place," Tip said. "We are fixing discipline issues that weren’t a big factor [previously]."

Of course, none was a big issue a year ago, and what has really changed since then? Oh, yeah, Avery.

Stars players did not like him nor did they want him when he signed this off-season. But it is wrong to assume they did not try to bring Avery into the group. They did. And they gave him chance after chance despite him using the team as a stage for his show.

Whatever he had going on — from seeking revenge on an ex, or trying to generate pub, or just being a jerk — took precedence over what the Stars needed. And he failed to listen when teammates and coaches and even Hull told him to cut it out.

No, this really has little to do with his comments.

And, frankly, all of this fake outrage tickles me. When I covered the Stars, players loved, loved, loved to tell a story about Claude Lemieux, when he played for Montreal, and his impolite comments about an opponent’s girlfriend featured in a national magazine.

It is impossible to clean the story up and do it justice, but let’s just say Lemieux’s trash talk makes Avery’s comments look like a line from a Dr. Seuss book.

It is who Lemieux was. And how Avery is.

He’s a nuisance who is good at being a nuisance. And the Stars knew it when they signed him. What they did not know is what a nuisance he’d become in their own locker room.

This is why he has played h

2060 days ago
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HOLY ISH    

#7......Either I haven't taken my meds this morning or you haven't. I am completely baffled and confused by your rant...HUH??

2060 days ago
14.

lucy    

Why watch a sport full of of ignorant REDNECKS. Nothing done when he makes racist remarks, but when he speaks the truth and calls a HO out -let's do something about it. YOU BEYCHA!!!

2060 days ago
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Jase    

Hey Lucy, ignorant rednecks? That sounds like a sterotype to me, sterotypes would fall under ignorant as well wouldn't they?! Sure, Avery is an idiot who should keep his mouth shut but that's not hockey's fault. There are a lot of well respected hockey players who do a lot for their communities. Every sport has their fair share of jerks, come to think of it the other sports stars I have heard about lately that have been in trouble have not been hockey players. Call Avery an ingnorant redneck but lay off the sport in general.

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