By now, you’ve probably heard about the vivid (and disgusting) quote uttered by San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton on Thursday to the media in Vancouver.
In the visiting locker room before the Sharks took on the Canucks on the road, the media was asking Patrick Marleau about whether or not Tomas Hertl was showboating when he scored the final goal of a four-goal game on Tuesday against the Rangers. On a breakaway, Hertl made a fancy maneuver, lifting the puck between his legs and into the net when the Sharks were already blowing out the Rangers.
The Vancouver Province has the quotes from Thornton:
Hearing a question to Marleau about Hertl and whether he was showboating, Thornton said:
“Shut up, have you ever played the game?”
When the press turned his way, he then added:
“I’d have my c—- out if I scored four goals. I’d have my c—- out, stroking it.”
The Sharks voiced their disapproval at the fact that Thornton’s quote was published. Scott Emmert, the Sharks director of media relations, told the San Jose Mercury News that it was “a pathetic attempt to generate some page hits and controversy by reporting an off-the-cuff and off-the-record comment made by someone who wasn’t even being interviewed at the time.”
Whether it should have been published or not, this is a case of a captain sticking up for his young teammate, which he should be doing.
But for the sake of humanity, let’s please hope that Joe Thornton never scores four goals in a game.