Posts Tagged ‘Apology’

The NHL reached out to George McPhee to issue an apology for the officiating in Game 7, the Vegas Golden Knights general manager told reporters, including The Athletic’s Jesse Granger, on Thursday.

“They made a mistake and I’m sure they feel bad about it,” McPhee said.

Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin was handed a controversial five-minute major and a game misconduct in the third period of the decisive contest against the San Jose Sharkson Tuesday night for cross-checking Joe Pavelski, who left the game bloodied and didn’t return.

The Sharks, who trailed 3-0 when the penalty was called, scored four times on the power play and ultimately prevailed in overtime.

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault called the major penalty “a f—ing joke” and “embarrassing” when asked about it postgame.


Robert Kraft has broken his silence on the solicitation charges leveled against him.

In a statement Saturday, the New England Patriots owner apologized to those “who rightfully hold me to a higher standard” and stressed that he has “extraordinary respect for women” after he was charged for exchanging money for sexual acts within a Florida day spa that’s been allegedly tied to a human trafficking ring.

“In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks,” Kraft said, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.

“I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans, and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.

“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing,” he continued. “The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.

“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”

Kraft’s lawyer slammed the accusations Friday, saying police know “there was no human trafficking” and accused authorities of using illegal surveillance to obtain evidence.

The 77-year-old, who’s scheduled to be arraigned March 28, pleaded not guilty in February, and his legal team reportedly rejected a plea deal that would’ve kept him out of jail but would’ve required him to admit a trial would result in him being proven guilty.

Kraft also filed a protective order Wednesday in an attempt to stop evidence becoming public, but the sheriff leading the case believes surveillance footage will be releasedeventually.

The NFL owner will attend the league’s annual meeting, which will take place from Sunday to Wednesday in Arizona.


Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving extended an olive branch Monday and apologized for his negative reactions after spending the majority of the season expressing his disdain for media obligations.

“The way I’ve handled things, it hasn’t been perfect,” Irving said, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes that I take full responsibility for. I apologize. I haven’t done it perfectly. I haven’t said the right things all the time. I don’t want to sit on a place like I’m on a pedestal from anybody. I’m a normal human being that makes mistakes. For me, I think because of how fixated I was on trying to prove other people wrong, I got into a lot of habits that were bad, like reading stuff and reacting emotionally. That’s just not who I am.”

Irving has grown increasingly frustrated with media throughout the season. In February, he blasted those dissecting his interactions with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and last week told cameras: “I’m not gonna miss any of this shit when I’m done playing.”

Irving has become one of the faces of the league after winning an NBA championship and developing into a perennial All-Star. He added that he understands his superstar status and must better represent himself moving forward.

“Being one of the top guys in the league, this all comes with it,” Irving said. “It’s a responsibility that I have to make sure that I know who I’m doing this for and know why I’m doing this. It’s for the players that are coming behind me who will be in this league and setting an example for them on how to handle things and how to evolve within your career.”

Despite the troubles, Irving is enjoying a career year, averaging 23.5 points, 6.9 assists, and 4.9 rebounds in 55 appearances.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon says his outburst directed at head coach Jared Bednar during Wednesday’s game was unacceptable.

The 23-year-old was seen screaming at Bednar on the bench in a game the team dropped 5-3 to the Calgary Flames.

“That’s unacceptable on my part,” MacKinnon said on Friday, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels. “I can’t be doing that stuff… I was just really frustrated, but I love playing for Bedsy.”

“We spoke after the game and Bedsy’s the least sensitive guy ever, so it’s all good.”

MacKinnon said he became frustrated when the Avalanche didn’t pull their goalie with the team trailing by two goals late in the game.

Bednar, meanwhile, held no hard feelings toward MacKinnon, and was happy to see his star player show passion.

“All of us, at the time, were frustrated. I thought we played two really good games, could’ve come out with four points,” Bednar said. “To me (the outburst) didn’t bother me at all. That’s what I love about Nathan and about certain guys on our team is the fire and passion and emotion they play with, they have. That’s what you need in this game… that’s what makes him so good, so I never want to curb that.”

The club has lost eight of its last nine games, which could also be causing some frustration. The Avalanche will look to get back into the win column Saturday when they take on the Canadiens.

Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene faced the music for the first time since a video showing him and six of his teammates in an Uber in Phoenix mocking assistant coach Martin Raymond went viral Monday.

Following the Senators 7-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Duchene spoke to reporters apologizing profusely to Raymond for the team’s remarks.

“I can only say what I’m about to say on the matter, I want to take this opportunity to extend my absolutely sincerest apologies to Marty Raymond,” Duchene said, according Murray Pam of Sporting News Canada. “He’s a heck of a person, a coach, and he did not deserve what we said.”

None of the seven players featured in the video (Duchene, Thomas ChabotChris WidemanColin WhiteChris TierneyAlex Formenton, and Dylan DeMelo) spoke earlier Tuesday during the team’s morning skate and none were expected to speak following Tuesday’s contest.

Mark Stone spoke to reporters Tuesday morning, where he noted that the team had already addressed the situation and were looking to move past it.

Khabib Nurmagomedov apologized for his actions that kicked off a massive brawl at UFC 229 in his post-fight press conference, saying “this is not my best side” before turning his ire to Conor McGregor and the Irishman’s insults during the run-up to the superfight in Las Vegas.

“He (McGregor) talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus,” said an angry Nurmagomedov. “He almost kill couple of people. What about this? What about this shit?”

Nurmagomedov also revealed that Russian president Vladimir Putin called to congratulate him after his fourth-round submission victory. McGregor was Putin’s guest at the World Cup final, and he used the connection to trash talk his opponent.

Following his statement, Nurmagomedov left without taking any questions. He later thanked fans for their support in an Instagram post.

Kyrie Irving has once again weighed in on the shape of the planet he calls home. Hopefully for the last time, he says.

The Boston Celtics‘ star was asked to clarify his previous – and widely lampooned – statements about the shape of Earth during a discussion at the Forbes Under 30 Summit. The 26-year-old appeared to regret suggesting the planet is flat.

“Hopefully after this, I’m done answering these kinds of questions,” Irving said with a laugh.

Irving said his anti-science skepticism came from falling down the proverbial YouTube rabbit hole.

“At the time, I just didn’t realize the effect,” Irving said of his declarations, which ignored hundreds of years of scientific progress. “I was definitely like, ‘I’m a big conspiracy theorist, you can’t tell me anything.’ So, I’m sorry about all that. For all the science teachers, everybody coming up to me like, ‘I have to re-teach my whole curriculum,’ I’m sorry. I apologize.”

While Irving’s insistence on the planet being flat was largely derided, some of his more impressionable fans bought into the rhetoric. Last year, a middle-school teacher said that some of his students became flat-Earth truthers after listening to Irving’s guest appearance on a podcast hosted by former teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.