January 30, 2013
OHL suspends ref for obnoxious tweet
By QMI Agency
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident involving OHL referee Joe Monette as it relates to his Twitter message of Friday, Jan 25, 2013.
“Soo Saint Marie, two words, Slim Pickens. #noteeth #hicktown #allfaties," Monette wrote.
OHL commissioner David E. Branch admonished Monette's tweet in a statement on the OHL's website.
"All individuals who are associated with the Ontario Hockey League, either in a management, coaching or officiating position with both Member Teams and the League have been apprised of the League’s Social Networking Policy and understand that there is a responsibility to ensure that at all times we conduct ourselves in a most professional manner. Mr. Monette displayed extremely poor judgment and the “tweet” not only contravened the League’s Social Networking Policy, but as well was detrimental to the welfare of the League, the officiating staff and fans of the OHL. The League apologizes to those that may have been offended by such comments”.
As a result of the review, referee Joe Monette has been suspended for any future OHL officiating assignments for the balance of the 2012-13 regular season and playoffs.