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December 3, 2008

Can You Say "Sloppy Seconds"?

If it weren't for Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery's big mouth and penchant for bedding celebrities, the nation might not have known that a hockey game took place on Tuesday night. Instead, we now know that one did occur, a few hours after Avery told assembled media this: "I just wanted to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about."

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Avery was presumably referring to his former girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, who is now dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf (and before that, Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek.) It's sort of noteworthy that the NHL decided to immediately suspend him for his rudeness, but it's even more interesting to see which media outlets didn't have the balls for the relatively innocuous—if somewhat graphic—"sloppy seconds":

Los Angeles Times Sports Blog
We can't, and won't, repeat what Avery said about the girlfriend of the Flames' Dion Phaneuf, who was once Avery's girlfriend. This has caused quite a bit of discussion in newsrooms throughout Canada, whether to use the offending phrase or not.

Avery was punished indefinitely by commissioner Gary Bettman for using a crude term about his former girlfriends now dating other hockey players.

The Globe and Mail
"I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada," began Avery. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends)."

USA Today
Avery, on camera, used a crass term, apparently in reference to Phaneuf's relationship with the actress, who has appeared on the Fox show 24.

Associated Press via the New York Times
Avery, 28, used a derogatory term to refer to his former girlfriends, saying that it had "become like a common thing in the N.H.L. for guys to fall in love with" them.

All Headline News reported that Avery told reporters Tuesday "I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my [vulgar phrase]."
The suspension was imposed following inappropriate public comments about the personal lives of opposing players, and not pertaining to the game, made by Avery earlier in the day.

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