Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Doan uttered slur, report says

This was in yesterday's Globe and Mail, so I'm a little tardy in posting it, but it's a story worth following:
An allegation that Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes made anti-French slurs has taken on a new life with a linesman's report filed in support of a lawsuit brought against the player.

Doan had until now said that he was a man of "Christian values" and denied he ever uttered a racial insult during a 2005 National Hockey League game in Montreal, weeks before he was selected to the Canadian Olympic team.

However, several media outlets in Montreal reported yesterday that Doan's claim is contradicted by a document filed in support of a civil suit filed by Liberal MP Denis Coderre.
The original story regarding Doan and Coderre can be found here.

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12 Comments:

At 2:30 PM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the "alleged" comment may have deserved a penalty for abuse of an official, I would hardly call that a slur.
This just reeks of an MP trying to make a name for himself. Why doesn't he launch an investigation into all the french-born NHL-ers who voted for separation, and prevent them for playing with the maple-leaf on their sweaters???

 
At 2:46 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Doan had until now said that he was a man of "Christian values"

Actually, insults and derision are par for the course for 'Christian Values'

*rolleyes*

More proof that Avery was right about Doan.

 
At 3:22 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger The Acid Queen said...

And the moral of this story:

Talk is cheap. The damage to your reputation, however, is not.

 
At 5:31 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

MONTREAL -- One was swearing he's a hockey player who would never insult people from any ethnic group.The other, a Liberal member of Parliament trying to get re-elected in Montreal, was draping himself in the memory of Maurice (Rocket) Richard.

The full text of this article has 384 words.

To continue reading this article, you will need to purchase this article.

seriously? How many of those articles does the globeandmail sell?

 
At 5:33 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Don't most news organizations charge for access to their archives?

Sorry — should have tracked down a freebie link.

 
At 6:31 PM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the full text:

DOAN FACES OFF AGAINST CODERRE
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MONTREAL -- One was swearing he's a hockey player who would never insult people from any ethnic group.

The other, a Liberal member of Parliament trying to get re-elected in Montreal, was draping himself in the memory of Maurice (Rocket) Richard.

The feud between Shane Doan, assistant captain of the Phoenix Coyotes, and former sports minister Denis Coderre turned into a legal fight yesterday after the hockey player filed a $250,000 suit against the politician.

In his filing in Quebec Superior Court, Doan says Coderre "recklessly and maliciously" defamed him when the MP questioned his selection to the Olympic team.

In a letter to Hockey Canada, Coderre had raised concerns about a Dec. 13 game in Montreal when Doan got a 10-minute misconduct penalty for verbal abuse of a referee. Coderre cited media reports alleging that Doan made a racial slur against the officials, who were French.

In his lawsuit, Doan says a National Hockey League investigation couldn't substantiate the allegation. Doan, who'll earn $3-million (U.S.) this season, said he will donate any damages he receives to charity.

"I would never use derogatory language towards members of any community or group," Doan said in an affidavit accompanying his suit.

In his statement of claim, he described himself as a 29-year-old father of three with "impeccable moral and Christian values."

An unabashed Coderre said he wouldn't apologize.

"I want to get to the bottom of this," Coderre told reporters, saying that a court case could force the league to divulge what happened that night.

"There is no doubt in my mind, on Dec. 13 something happened."

Coderre said he was moved and inspired, watching recently a film about Maurice Richard, the Canadiens legend whose image in Quebec remains that of a proud man who had to stand up to priggish English-speaking bosses.

"Enough is enough. I, too, as a French-Canadian, I have the right to be treated properly, not as a second-class citizen."

Coderre couldn't say if taxpayers would have to foot his legal bills. Heather Bradley, director of communications for Speaker of the House Peter Milliken, said it is up to MPs who want the Commons to cover their legal costs to make a request before an internal board of MPs.

 
At 7:20 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger Black Dog said...

Coderre is a piece of garbage.

Anythign for votes - the guy is a grandstanding little pig.

And by the sounds of it we will foot the bill.

Lovely.

 
At 8:44 PM, April 04, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

Doan had until now said that he was a man of "Christian values" and denied he ever uttered a racial insult during a 2005 National Hockey League game in Montreal

French is a race? I suppose are friends in the east will soon be refering to themselves as Gauls.

 
At 12:07 AM, April 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

La grenouille c'est l'animale, n'est pas la 'race.' If you don't like it, feel free to separate.

 
At 10:26 AM, April 05, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

'our' friends, not are. Can you tell I'm french?

 
At 3:35 PM, April 05, 2007, Anonymous yzermanzetterberg said...

If the Doan quote is accurate, it sounds to me like he was trying to complement the refs/linesmen while also poking fun at Nagy's rude comment -- not supporting it.

As a gentleman with high non-denominational moral standards, I can only pray, "Please Lord, let the PC BS stop!"

 
At 10:32 PM, April 30, 2007, Anonymous Mike Patten said...

I'm guessing the vast majority of the comments expressing skepticism for Coderre's actions are being made by anglophones. I'm also guessing that they would be the first people to cry foul if a slur was made against their culture (however unlikely given their position of cultural hegemony).

It's interesting that most side with the hockey player, as they have often proved to be paragons of cultural understanding and intelligence.

I ask that you honestly examine your Canadian history and values and realize that these sorts of slurs have no place in a progressive nation like Canada.

 

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