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Fleury apologizes for criticism of Flames

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

CALGARY — Theo Fleury has had a change of heart.

One week after posting a blog on his website slamming the Calgary Flames organization and several of its players, the former club captain issued an apology.

“To all the fans of the Calgary Flames, I am truly sorry for the comments I made this past week,” he wrote on theofleury14.com

“I sometimes say and do things without thinking. I want to apologize to Craig Conroy and Robyn Regehr for my comments. I will never forget my two and a half weeks this September and how great it was being with the boys again. The Calgary Flames organization is one of class and integrity and the comments that I made were uncalled for. Please accept my apology. My comments in the future will be more directed to what I'm doing with my life and will reflect the causes that matter to me which are helping people who have suffered from abuse and the great things we have on board for the future.”

Fleury’s apology comes as no surprise as he came under a tidal wave of criticism after his original blog - which he pulled the next day - was reported in the Calgary Sun last week.

In the posting he suggested he shouldn’t have been cut, people running the hockey world were “stupid”, Robyn Regehr should be traded and the Flames would lose in the first round. The 41-year-old author-turned-singer/songwriter also took a swipe at Craig Conroy by suggesting he could’ve done better than going 37 games without a goal.

What was so puzzling – and infuriating to many - was that the Flames had given the ever-controversial Fleury a golden opportunity to clear his name with a feel-good tryout despite being out of the game for six years dealing with drug and alcohol issues.

In Winnipeg last week recording a country music song he co-wrote about his life, Fleury likely realized that by biting the hand that fed him last fall – and for the bulk of his controversial-yet-illustrious career – he may have jeopardized his chances of gaining employment with the club one day.

He also may have prolonged the possibility of having his no. 14 jersey raised to the rafters.

Fleury is currently crisscrossing the continent promoting his best-selling book Playing with Fire in which he alleges former coach Graham James sexually abused him.

The former Stanley Cup winner and recovering alcoholic says a movie and a play on his life are in the works.

eric.francis@sunmedia.ca


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