Parker defends Bertuzzi attack
|Todd Bertuzzi jumps Steve Moore from behind in retaliation to an earlier incident in an NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche in this 2004 screen grab.
Former Colorado Avalanche enforcer Scott Parker took a shot at ex-teammate Steve Moore and defended Todd Bertuzzi's attack during an interview with milehighhockey.com that is getting plenty of media attention.
Parker and Moore were teammates with the Avs when Bertuzzi jumped the latter from behind in retaliation for an earlier incident during a game in 2004. Moore suffered serious neck injuries --he hasn't played since -- and filed suit against Bertuzzi, which still hasn't played out in court.
But Parker clearly doesn't hold a grudge against Bertuzzi.
"He's a good man ... he is," Parker said in the interview. "I mean, he did get dealt some bad cards, and the thing is, (Moore) always thought he was better than everybody else. He went to Harvard, you know what, b*** me. College grad. I never went to college, but I can kick your ass. I'll bring you right down to my IQ level if you want. I'll hit you about four times in the skull, that'll bring you right down. So, you know, Todd just ... it was one of those games.
"I know he's marked now. People hate him, and it's amazing what that can do to a man, too. It can make you feel this small, you know. And he's not a bad man. He's a great guy and a good family guy, and he just got marked."