Joey Porter may be trying to make a case as the official motormouth of the NFL, but he has nothing on the loathsome linguistic skills of Sean Avery.
You may question whether or not Avery’s “sloppy seconds” remark really merited the nasty NHLer an indefinite suspension. But it seems that Sean’s cutting comments regarding ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert and her current beau Dion Phaneuf was nothing compared to the verbal sparring he previously shared with a 59-year-old female fan.
Eric McErlain of AOL FANHOUSE skates over the story of Sandie Griffith, season ticket holder with the Nashville Predators and awoved Avery hater. Sandie’s sourness with Sean began a few years ago, when the usually thuggish player backed away from a potential fight with the Predators’ Darcy Hordichuk. Since then, Griffith has glady mocked Avery whenever he makes the visit to Music City, putting up posters on the glass calling him “Turtleman”, referencing the way he hid his face in his hands while skating away from the non-skirmish.
But during a game last October 11 in Nashville, unpleasantries between Avery & Griffith took an X-rated turn (with video goodness):
“He came up behind Dan Hamhuis and cross-checked him, and I went to the box,” said Griffith. That’s when she asked him, “aren’t you going to turtle up?”
Griffith insisted to me that while she taunted Avery, she never used foul language. So what was Avery’s response? According to Griffith, Avery said, “You’re nothing but an old ——-(*) —-(**), I wouldn’t even —(***) in your face.” After which he sprayed her with his water bottle. It was following that incident that the refs assessed Avery a second game misconduct, and Griffith is pretty much convinced Avery’s reaction to the confrontation with her was the reason.
(*rhymes with “trucking”)
(**rhymes with “runt”)
(*** rhymes with “rum”)
Guess this means Sandie’s off Sean’s Christmas card list.
The league said it was aware of the Griffith incident, and would be taken into account regarding discussions regarding Avery. Sandie said that she hopes her latest encounter helped the NHL decide to ice Sean.
Although Avery has publicly apologized for his Calgary comments, Griffith doesn’t believe a word of it. She also scoffs at the notion that Sean is just acting out his role as an on-ice enforcer:
“I totally agree that hockey needs bad guys, we need enforcers … He is not an enforcer,” Griffith said. “He is a low class son of a bitch. What he’s talking about has nothing to do with the game of hockey.
“This is a game, this is a sport and what he is showing is not gamesmanship, it’s not sportsmanship, it’s low-class behavior. It’s like Pacman Jones … You can just never change that behavior. That kind of personality has no place in hockey.”
Here’s a fun scenario worth considering: What happens if Avery somehow ends up on the Predators’ roster?