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Tortorella’s “Conspiracy” Rant Leads to $30,000 Fine

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has been fined $30,000 by the NHL after his comments following the Winter Classic.

“They called a penalty shot, which I still don’t understand,” he said Monday. “I’m not sure if NBC got together with the refs to turn this into an overtime game. I thought the game was reffed horrible. I just thought tonight, in that third period, it was disgusting.”

Two days later, the fiery coach of the Blueshirts was backtracking and claiming he was being sarcastic.

Torts apologized on Wednesday. “I tainted the Winter Classic with my mouth and I shouldn’t have,” he said. “So I apologize to everyone involved.”

Tortorella claimed that he called various league officials and team reps to apologize as well, but that didn’t stop the NHL from lowering the boom with the fine.

“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL vice-president of hockey operations. “People can disagree with calls by officials on the ice, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Tortorella did.”

According to Tortorella’s comments, officials made the call that led to the Danny Briere penalty shot because of some conspiracy between NBC and the league. But that wasn’t his intent, said the coach.

“It was frustration on my part as far as the referees were concerned and how it was done at the end of the game. I want to get that straight,” Tortorella said. “Not for a second, no way, time, shape or form did I think anything like that goes on with our league. Or ever will.”


2 Responses to “Tortorella’s “Conspiracy” Rant Leads to $30,000 Fine”

  1. it is amazing
    how smart hockey people are not allowed to speak their mind
    TORTS like any coach or player should have a right to speak their mind
    If they are offensive or degrading like  everybody’s favorite Sean Avery,
    then yes thats going over the line
    and fines maybe should be considered
    I know John was taking it a little too far, his team won, but in my eyes he was only speaking his mind,
    he doesn’t deserve a fine in no way shape or form
    I love hockey, but the league and all of it’s crap about rule changing, and  lets face it I could probably list  many others
    is  very taxing.
    everybody knows Bettman is main reason but all of the rich owners like ed snider keep giving him the vote of confidence
    Money has a way of dictating anything, even the great game of hockey

    The whole game was boring, and to be honest as die hard philly fan
    i wish when i got home from work that day i wish i did not  watch the  game
    it was pathetic, and yes made for TV
    as Bob mCowen from sportsnet said the winter classic should be made for the All star game only
    yes some of the classic games have been good but to be honest, I am not sold on them
    we have rinks use for game not baseball stadiums! 

    Posted by Michael Burns | January 5, 2012, 4:40 am
  2. i agree with everyone’s input on this one
    I wonder what would happen if Bettman had kids and they played hockey?
    Or if Patrick Roy, Mike Milbury or Tie Dummy ever got into office
    you can tell how deeply they react with  their kids!

    Colin Campbell how he was around so long is a mystery
    but than again so is Phoenix, Carolina, Florida, etc. etc.
    How the teams who don’t have fans still remain a team is the biggest eye soar that exists
    The NHL can be a joke
    Because hockey is such a great sport it has been able to endure the nonsense

    Posted by Michael Burns | January 5, 2012, 4:59 am

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