Two days ago, former Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban created a whirlwind of controversy that had the hockey world talking. Once again, a decision Subban made sparked a nationwide debate over the class, respect and character of the disgruntled blue-liner who was dealt to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber this off-season.
P.K. Subban Does Something; Is a Jerk
Before we get to exactly what he did, let’s read some of the justified and completely sane reactions to this horrendous and almost-criminal act of self-indulgence and betrayal comitted by P.K. Subban.
From a completely rational thread on Reddit, AlteredStatePolice said;
“I feel he cared more about his “brand” than the team. As much as I liked subban on ice, I’m glad his theatrics and distractions are gone.“
“I’m glad his theatrics and distractions are gone.”
To which HabsWeb replied;
“Same I’m starting to understand why he isn’t a habs anymore there’s a lot of shit that we don’t know :p GO HABS GO Weber’s a beast”
“I’m starting to understand why he isn’t a habs anymore”
HabsWeb wasn’t done there, though. The voice of the voiceless on Reddit continued with his tirade, by posting this, which is currently the top-rated post in the thread;
“I get that he’s probably mad and all but i find that a bit off, he still was drafted by the habs and played for the habs for 9 years”
That seems fair. Accurate, too. P.K. Subban was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007, so he did spend nine years with the organization, although he played in just six full seasons. Seven if you count the two games he appeared in, and the 14 post-season games in 2009-10.
Gabroux responded, making a totally fair statement;
“To be fair, he did pass his entire summer bitching about the trade and MB. Not really a surprise on that one”
True. While Subban was busy building his brand, training for the off-season, singing Johnny Cash in karaoke bars and introducing himself to fans of the Nashville Predators, he always found a way to sneak in insults left and right, showing the complete lack of class that got him traded out of Montreal in the first place. Such comments like;
“It was a dream come true for me to play with the Montreal Canadiens, and the sad thing is that my promise to the city of bringing a Stanley Cup back and wanting to win one, I won’t be able to fulfill that promise.”
“I won’t be able to fulfill that promise.”
Wow, what an asshole.
Back to the warranted and level-headed vindication from those that have taken a stance against the most-recent actions by P.K. Subban. We’ll get to what he did exactly, but first, we need to dig deep into the outrage and anger from some of the very vocal minority in the Canadiens fanbase.
User frost_bitten writes: “Well that seems incredibly petty, not gonna lie”
So what exactly was so petty, so classless that caused (once more) a very vocal minority to lose their ever-loving minds, you ask? Why, a tweet, of course! But not just any tweet! No, Sir! This tweet:
Congratulations to a mentor, influencer, and most importantly, close friend. Scott Gomez congrats on your retirement pic.twitter.com/O8jIj3CmQ2
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) September 3, 2016
Hold on to your pants, folks. It may come off as a complete insult to fans worldwide that P.K. Subban would congratulate someone like Scott Gomez, who came over in a lop-sided trade that helped destroy the strong defensive core that the Canadiens once had, but that’s not what the outrage is all about. Notice anything different?
No? Well, here’s the original, non- doctored image!
— The Mook (@__Mook__) September 4, 2016
The humanity! Can you believe that P.K. Subban would stoop so low, as to remove the logo of a team that paid him $9 million, a team that gave him everything he wanted, a team that didn’t throw him under the bus, or attempt to change his style of play, or call him an individual, or question his character (or lack thereof). What the hell, P.K.? What in the actual hell?
I am so glad that like-minded, completely sane and reasonable folks jumped onto social media to air their grievances, knowing their words would spark change in Subban’s attitude and perhaps shine the light down an otherwise clouded tunnel.
— ExpressDunlop (@Patrick_Dunlop) September 4, 2016
Yeah, P.K.! DON’T do that next time. DON’T!
— Rocco Sparadentro (@Johnny_Deep_) September 4, 2016
Deep, Johnny. REAL deep! Hopefully Subban hears your critique.
— Just Me (@Just_Me152) September 4, 2016
Speaking of hype, let’s talk about the very hype of this groundbreaking, monumental story of a logo being photo-shopped out of an image, in a tweet posted by a hockey player, who plays a game and makes millions of dollars.
In a matter of 24 hours, sports networks like TSN, NBC Sports, The Score and TVA all belted out articles to discuss the breaking news of the doctored image scandal that is taking the hockey world by storm. Even some of the bigger blogging sites, and the lesser, somewhat-irrelevant blogs, had their fair share of opinions on the matter.
As for the rest of the fanbase, who are not part of the vocal minority that caused an uproar over this controversy of epic proportions, we caught up with them (yes, all hundreds of thousands of them) and asked them what they thought about this chop-job of a photoshop on an image, clearly intended to disrespect and desecrate the sacred and regal Montreal Canadiens logo. Their reaction was stunning;
It’s a photo. Get over it. Can hockey start already?