By now you’ve all seen it. I thought AdamBruinsFan may post about this but he hasn’t so I’ll take a jab at this incident. After watching the incident numerous times it’s clear that Rick Rypien is wrong as he grabbed and pushed a fan who apparently said to him “Way to be professional” (source) while he was getting a misconduct. You can watch the incident below.
After reading other hockey blogs and reports, this fan is apparently a 28-year old (who cares what his name is, I’ll get to that later), although he looked like a kid in the video. While watching this incident it did remind me of the Rob Ray incident with a fan on the ice as Ray pounded the crap out of a Quebec fan who went on the ice and over to the Sabres bench back in 1992. I searched online but I only found that he wasn’t suspended and fined $7,000. I do not know if that is true or not though. The NHL has changed a lot since 1992 so I expect Rypien to get suspended even though he didn’t really rough up the fan. The Rypien incident is bad PR for the NHL so Colin Campbell and whoever else will give him… well who knows how many games to sit.
One of PuckDaddy‘s many blog posts about this incident includes some info from TSN about other incidents that included fans:
In 2004, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis was fined $100,000 and given a one-week suspension by the league for an altercation with a season ticket holder.
[In 2000-01], Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matthew Barnaby received a four-game suspension for an incident with a fan in Florida…
Another site was trying to compare this incident with the NBA’s incident with fans and Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson. Are you crazy? Did you actually watch that incident with Artest? And no this incident is not as bad as when Mike Milbury went into the stands and hitting someone with their own shoe incident. Video below of that incident if you’ve never seen it before.
Now about what I said above about not mentioning this fan’s name. Well I’m taking that position to not name the fan and give him anymore publicity. PuckDaddy has a post with the fan’s quotes where he says that he is “definitely seeking legal representation. … I was assaulted, that’s just the bottom line.”
It’s his position to do that, but come on. Assaulted? Why don’t you let Rypien meet you outside so then he can really assault you. That’s a joke. Jackass wake up! You weren’t assaulted. And no that’s not the bottom line, you got grabbed and pushed by a professional athlete who makes possibly ten times what you do or ever will. You smell money and you’re going to try and get some. Now that’s the bottom line. You may see more future incidents like this because hey why not, right? Why not try and make some money off of someone else. Talk crap to athletes and dare them to touch you and then scream assault.
I’m no lawyer of course. But I got to thinking. Uh oh maybe I should have stopped lol. But if Rypien is sued or whatever by this fan, can Rypien blame the Minnesota Wild for not having protection around the area he “works” at. In the video you can see the fan could have probably got down at the Canucks bench if he wanted to.
Rypien has been suspended indefinitely today pending a hearing.
Old time hockey with the Big Bad Bruins going after a fan who grabbed a Bruins player stick back in 1979. Mike Milbury hits the fan with the fan’s shoe! Priceless stuff we will never see again.