Recently, there hasn’t been a lot of hockey news. On Wednesday night, a story broke on Twitter about an offensive Instagram group chat of 10 hockey players from the Province of Manitoba. University of North Dakota Hockey forward Jackson Keane was a participant in that chat.
According to the Athletic: The situation exploded publicly on Wednesday as screenshots of Leipsic’s posts were shared in internet forums and on Twitter.
As of today, Keane has yet to respond to the incident. Moreover, the University of North Dakota investigated Jackson Keane’s involvement in the Leipsic group chat and will handle the matter internally. I also inquired if Keane was still a member of the team. The answer I got was, yes.
The University of North Dakota says they are still investigating Jackson Keane's involvement in the Brendan Leipsic group chat. Keane, the son of former NHLer Mike Keane, is a member of the NCAA D1 powerhouse's men's hockey team.
— Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck) May 8, 2020
The players in the Instagram chat included: Brendan Leipsic (Washington Capitals), Jack Rodewald (Florida Panthers), Jackson Keane (University of North Dakota), Jeremey Leipsic (University of Manitoba), Warren Callis (University of Manitoba), Jordyn Boyd (University of Manitoba), Spencer Tremblay (Waywayseecappo Wolverines), Brandon Lauder (Portage Terriers), Tyler Morwick (Charleswood Hawks), and Travis Brown (Moose Jaw Warriors).
The NHL has issued this condemnation.
“The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media,” the league’s statement read. “There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved.”
Statement from the National Hockey League. pic.twitter.com/aZm1M2wZBk
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 7, 2020
If you haven’t seen the chat in question, this embedded video has the posts in question. Some of the comments are very graphic and misogynistic. Social Media is forever. I you don’t want something posted on the front page of a major newspaper, don’t do it.
Leipsic, a forth-line player, has played in 187 NHL games with five different teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks, L.A. Kings, and the Capitals) scoring 16 goals and 59 points. He’s also a minus-16. His career may be over.
The Washington Capitals have placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract.https://t.co/UnADibu2yQ
— x – Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 8, 2020
Leipsic issued a half-assed apology on Twitter. Instead of just owning up to it, he used my account was hacked defense.
Links to the Story
Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ leaked messages
Leaked screenshots show Brendan Leipsic making misogynistic comments, calling Capitals linemates ‘losers’ in Instagram group chat
NHL condemns Capitals’ Brendan Leipsic after leaked screenshots reveal ‘misogynistic’ messages
BRENDAN LEIPSIC’S DAYS IN THE NHL ARE ALMOST CERTAINLY ARE OVER
Capitals to terminate Brendan Leipsic’s contract after misogynistic comments
The Athletic: Brendan Leipsic will meet with Caps GM about offensive comments, source says
And: Capitals put Brendan Leipsic on waivers after ‘completely unacceptable’ comments