Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas slammed the Toronto Sun. It was in response to the vicious knee to the head John Tavares took during Game 1 of the NHL Playoffs.
In case you missed it, following the hit, the Toronto Sun posted a picture of a bloody Tavares. The newspaper captioned the picture “Captain Crunch”. Fans and media have been extremely critical of the picture and the headline.
Dubas would respond on Saturday, calling the Sun’s headline “extraordinarily insensitive”.
“Situations like these garner a significant amount of coverage but as an organization we felt yesterday that the Toronto Sun cover of their newspaper crossed the line and we found the cover to be disgusting,” he said.
He would go on to add, “Just a complete lack of compassion and respect on behalf of the Sun towards John and his family, especially for such an upstanding member of our organization and community and his family that had to endure that.”
John Tavares Update
Dubas would give some position news regarding Tavares. He stated that Tavares received a CT scan and an MRI. The results of the tests determined he had no structural damage to his head, neck and spine.
Tavares did suffer a knee injury in addition to his concussion. He will miss at least two weeks as he recovers from his injuries. Dubas did say that the knee injury was minor.
“I think the knee injury you can give a timeline on but the head injury and concussion is very difficult to place a timeline [on],” Dubas explained. “We handle those in a very conservative nature and handle them very sensitively.”
The Maple Leafs came out with a vengeance on Saturday and earned a 5-1, Game 2 win over Montreal.
Toronto played like a team who had their captain on their minds the whole night.
“We care deeply about Johnny and we want to do well for him, so we’re going to try to win as many games as we can so we can get him back in the lineup,” Jason Spezza said.
The Sun has yet to publicly comment on the picture and unprofessional headline. Dubas coming out and slamming the media platform was appropriate.
“I understand and we understand here that the writers and columnists have no input into the covers of papers or headlines, but we just thought that it was extroardinarily insensitive on the part of the Sun with regards to the photo and the caption that accompanied the situation yesterday.”
It’s unknown whether the Sun will comment or acknowledge the cover or headline. Toronto fans, hockey media and the Maple Leafs organization have every right to be angry and upset.
The Maple Leafs winning this series for their captain will go along way to closing the door on this controversy.
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