PHILADELPHIA — It didn’t take lengthy for NESN commentator Jack Edwards’ feedback concerning Tampa Bay Lightning ahead Pat Maroon throughout Tuesday evening’s broadcast of the Bruins-Lightning recreation to succeed in the Lightning locker room.
“Steven Stamkos actually showed me the video. I was in the shower (after the game),” Maroon recalled. “When our teammates are saying it’s pretty bad, it must be pretty bad. Right?”
Midway via the primary interval, the subject of dialog on the Bruins broadcast turned to Maroon, the 34-year-old veteran of 671 NHL video games and three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Lightning and St. Louis Blues. Edwards and broadcast accomplice Andy Brickley started to debate Maroon’s measurement on the ice, and the speak rapidly moved into mocking.
“Listed at 238 pounds, that was Day 1 of training camp, I’ve got a feeling he’s had a few more pizzas between then and now,” Edwards stated with fun.
“That’s before pregame,” Brickley added.
“(Intermittent) fasting for Pat Maroon is like four hours without a meal,” Edwards continued between laughs. “Hey, three (Stanley) Cups in a row, who can argue with it?”
Maroon and his teammates took the feedback as a transparent insult concerning Maroon’s weight, and an instance of physique shaming. By mid-afternoon Wednesday, as a gaggle and a company — and with the assistance of Brian Breseman, Sr. Director of Communications for the Lightning — that they had determined what they needed to do in response: take the excessive street, through a tweet despatched by Maroon asserting a $2,000 donation in Edwards’ identify to Tampa Bay Thrives, an area nonprofit group centered on strengthening behavioral well being outcomes for despair, nervousness and substance use dysfunction.
By Thursday afternoon, Maroon revealed within the customer’s locker room on the Wells Fargo Center, their efforts had already raised $50,000 for the nonprofit.
In help of these battling psychological well being, bullying and physique picture I’m making a 2,000 donation within the identify of @realjackedwards to @TampaBayThrives and I encourage @TBLightning and @NHL followers to affix me. Donate right here: https://t.co/ZEbWHw6Cqv
— Pat Maroon (@patmaroon) November 30, 2022
“It was a bunch of us, as a team of us, that decided that we’re going to act on taking the high road, and just taking the negative into a positive. Find a solution of what we can do, and raise money,” Maroon defined. “I think it’s best sometimes you take the high road.”
That stated, Maroon made it very clear Thursday that he felt the feedback made on the published had been out of line.
“You just don’t talk bad about someone like that for a minute straight, for no reason,” Maroon stated. “I get it — if we’re out on the ice and guys are chirping and guys are doing those things, that’s part of hockey. That’s part of it. But someone on national TV when (potentially) millions of listeners are watching or tuned in, and he just basically cut me down. Uncalled for, unnecessary. I don’t understand why he did that. But it is what it is. It’s over, it’s done. And we turned a negative into a positive.”
Maroon acknowledged that broadcasters and people within the media have a proper to critique gamers.
“I mean, announcers, broadcasters, obviously, they can say this guy’s struggling, or he hasn’t scored, or he hasn’t been playing up to his potential,” he stated. “I mean, I get that part of it. That’s normal. I mean, that’s criticism, media.”
But even when listening to these critiques could be tough, that’s a part of the sport. In Maroon’s thoughts, although, the feedback from Edwards and Brickley had been a step over that line. Not solely that, Maroon famous that the feedback concerning his weight had the potential to harm viewers who’re battling physique picture problems with their very own.
“There’s going to be people on social media, they’re gonna say all … obviously, talking stuff (about weight), like you hear it all the time,” he stated. “But not when you’re just sitting there, and just people are tuned into a game, you’re just basically bad-mouthing someone about something unnecessary.
“And if someone is watching the game that’s struggling with that stuff, and they’re listening to that, I mean, I can only imagine how they feel,” he stated. “You know what I mean? Listen, I’m a professional athlete. I can take some stuff. I’m a strong guy, I’m a funny guy, easy guy to talk to, you can joke with me all you want. But when things are unnecessary, that was very unnecessary.”
Still, Maroon made it clear that he’s able to put the state of affairs behind him, and is trying on the positives that happened as a consequence of their chosen response.
“We raised $50,000 so far,” he stated. “So it’s on the move-up, and hopefully we’re helping people that are struggling with their weight, or with anything in the world. Because at the end of the day, people do struggle, and people do try to lose weight. And sometimes it’s harder than others. So, hopefully we impacted a couple people, and we’re raising a lot of money right now for a great foundation.”
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