The Aeros will be without the services of Justin Fontaine for the next two games after he was suspended today by the Minnesota Wild for using a homosexual slur on Twitter Sunday night (per a report by Russo).
If you want the details of the Twitter incident, you can read about it here. I don't see much value in perpetuating it further in this space.
I feel mixed on the decision by the team. I felt like Fontaine took enough rulers to the back of the hand from followers last night that he probably learned his lesson, and I think it has more impact coming from fans than from the team (at least in terms of a "talking to"). And I felt sure those around him took notice as well, given that DiSalvatore entangled himself in it by retweeting the slur.
So, a suspension feels heavy handed to me.... BUT, I have to say, I admire the team for taking a strong stance here. They could have done the "we talked to him" thing or, worse, the "boys will be boys" thing. But they dropped the hammer pretty good there and I'm proud of them for it.
I hate to say this, but I'm not sure why DiSalvatore didn't get a game while they were at it. Retweeting it is essentially consent and if anything, El Capitan is held to a bit higher standard. But that is what it is.
What'd I'd hate to see is for the team to get their knickers in a bunch and start making a bunch of rules that handcuff the guys who do use Twitter, because generally it's been a lot of fun getting to watch them banter with each other, and by and large, their spelling and grammar might not be great but they've been entertaining and well behaved.
Oh well. Tough lesson learned for the rookie and not a fun hit for the Aeros on the ice, but a big part of development is the off-ice portion of being a professional, and this is one of those "teaching moments" for the whole room.
Is it tacky of me to embed a Foo Fighters song here? Yes? Okay fine... darnit.
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