Jack Edwards’ questionable comment comparing Pittsburgh Penguins winger Matt Cooke to Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan Saturday provoked Pens general manager Ray Shero into action.
During the first period of Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win in Boston, Edwards, a Bruins broadcaster with NESN, picked a fight with Pittsburgh media, saying that nominating Cooke for the Masterton Trophy last season was equal to “nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year.”
We now know why Edwards backed away from his words less than a full period later.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shero was visibly enraged when he learned of Edwards’ comments and confronted him in the first intermission.
“I am sorry for insulting Matt Cooke, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the National Hockey League, and anyone else upset by my Cooke comments,” Edwards eventually posted to Twitter.
He also made an apology on-air.
Edwards’ remark about Cooke rehashed an old beef between the two franchises stemming from a concussion the Bruins’ Marc Savard sustained as a result of a dirty hit from Cooke three seasons ago.
Although Cooke appears to have dialed back his questionable play over the past couple of seasons, that’s little consolation to the Bruins and Savard, who continues to suffer from concussion issues today.