A media cat fight
In case you missed it yesterday, this column from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette is worth a read as the veteran sportswriter tears TSN's Pierre McGuire a new one:
Yes, it was TSN's Pierre McGuire who phoned me early this season to say — and this is a direct quote — "Jack, Sheldon Souray can't play in the National Hockey League. "Whew — that's prickly. It's obviously a 'he said, she said' scenario, but I can't for the life of me think of a decent reason for Todd to fabricate something as silly as this.
I didn't phone McGuire on that occasion, I didn't ask him about Souray. He phoned me, he offered the opinion on his own. I didn't name him when I wrote about Souray making the all-star team because I thought it was kind of funny that the guy who considers himself the world's biggest expert on the NHL could be so wrong.
Truth be told, although he didn't say it was off the record, I probably should not have quoted McGuire — but that's why I didn't use his name.
But when McGuire goes on the air and denies he said it and then says the Gazette has a problem — well, I have a problem with that. It's one thing to be wrong, but lying is something else — and calling me a liar is something else again.
You drop the gloves, you'd better be ready to dance. If you have an opinion, have the guts to own up to it. McGuire was wrong about Souray, just as he was wrong when he said "the league has the book on (Cristobal) Huet."
We all make mistakes. It happens. McGuire should have fessed up, admitted his mistake, laughed about it and moved on. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the integrity or the guts.
Meanwhile, as he later points out, Souray and Huet are off to next week's all-star game.
Thanks to Neate Sager for the link.