August 5, 2011
Avery is somebody else's problem
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
Sean Avery can be happy about one thing regarding his recent arrest.
Well, other than the fact the New York Rangers forward — and one of the NHL’s biggest attention whores — put himself front and centre again.
According the TMZ.com, which broke the story Avery had been arrested at his Hollywood Hills home late Thursday night after shoving a police officer and calling cops “fat little pigs”, Avery is an NHL “star.”
That’s about the only part of the latest quagmire surrounding Avery that’s hard to fathom.
Everything else is easy to believe.
Far too easy.
The fact Avery hosted a party which became too loud for the neighbours should come as no surprise. This is a player who Chris Chelios had to kick out of his house when they were teammates in Detroit because the home was “upside-down”.
This is a player whose mouth has put him in trouble on and off the ice. In case anybody forgot, Exhibit A being the infamous “sloppy seconds” comment he said in Calgary in December 2008, which resulted in a suspension from the league, banishment from the Dallas Stars and eventual return to the Big Apple.
This is a player who is notorious for poking almost every bear around the NHL, and just as known for turning away instead of answering for his sins. Put the words “Avery” and “turtle” into Google, and you could waste several work weeks sifting through the nearly 4.2 million matches.
Insert your own joke for the fact Avery reportedly told the policemen to “come back without your badges.”
Before anyone starts to call for Avery to be drawn and quartered for his actions, or even receive another suspension from the league, let’s draw a line.
How many other NHLers in the past year have been spoken to by police for being in some form of disorderly state after one too many libations? We wouldn’t even want to hazard a guess, but if every one of them was banished, the rosters would be littered with minor-league talent.
(Most of those players aren’t foolish enough to push their luck when the cops come calling, which is likely the reason Avery found himself in the clink and needed to post bail.)
To his credit, Avery has shown some positive attributes in the recent past.
Whether you agree or not, the fact he stuck his neck out by saying he’d support any NHL player who was willing to come out of the closet and said he supported gay marriage in New York shows serious conviction.
However, this latest escapade shows how having Avery on your team just isn’t worth it.
This latest foray into the headlines just becomes more fodder for an organization that needs a Costco sized bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol at the ready.
When you add it to all the other situations the 31-year-old Peter Pan finds himself embroiled in on a regular basis, the pile becomes too much to handle.
Be thankful the Flames GM Darry Sutter knew back in the summer of 2008 he didn’t want anything to do with Avery.
A “star” who’s amassed 22 goals over the past three seasons and finds himself in stickier and stickier messes is one you let someone else cope with.