Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Senators players apologize after being caught criticizing team on video recording

Senators players apologize after being caught criticizing team on video recording

A group of Senators players were recorded saying some unflattering things about an assistant coach and their own penalty killing abilities in the video. "On-ice performance, ticket sales, attendance, discord in the locker room and public support of the organization are all relevant when it comes to discussing the overall health of the team".

While many players of National Hockey League organizations likely have strong opinions about the coaching staff and the team, they know best to keep those opinions to themselves. It said the video was originally posted elsewhere over the weekend and has since been deleted. "We are now treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media". "This is an important learning experience, and we will do better", the statement read. (Or, at least you thought it was private.) Honestly, when you saw/heard of the video, how many of you thought, "That could have been me?"

Near the start of the video, the driver is heard asking what team the players play for, and Wideman, seated in the passenger seat, replies: "Ottawa".

"Do you notice that when (Raymond) runs the video, if you actually do pay attention, he doesn't ever teach you anything?" "He just commentates what's happening", Wideman adds.

"We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix Arizona on October 29", the players said in a collective statement. He later added he hasn't paid attention during Raymond's meeting in "three weeks". So why do we even have a meeting?

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Friedman goes on to note that the Ottawa Citizen story that accompanied the video was published with a staff byline, an indication none of the Citizen's reporters were interested in writing the story despite the fact that the newspaper clearly was.

Uber Canada general manager Rob Khazzam said on his Twitter account that video taken of a private conversation without passenger consent is a "clear violation of our terms of service".

Other players that were seen on video getting out of the vehicle were defenseman Dylan DeMelo and winger Alex Formenton, who is no longer with the Senators after leaving to return to his junior club. The video had first surfaced on social media.

"Filming or recording passengers without their consent is totally unacceptable and if reported/detected we will investigate", he said. The team has reportedly demanded that the Citizen take down the secretly recorded video, according to the CBC.

The Senators are scheduled to play next on Tuesday night at home against the New Jersey Devils.

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