JR lashes out

The National Hockey League and NHLPA may be off for the weekend from CBA talks, but that didn’t stop Jeremy Roenick from speaking up!“It’s unfortunate we had to go through a whole year to realize the (expletive) that was going on,” said Roenick. “We’ve hurt our league, we’ve hurt the reputation of our league and the integrity of our league by sticking up for something that might not have been the right thing to do.”

Roenick then made his case for NHL players and what he thought of public opinion up to this point.

“If people are going to sit and chastise pro athletes for being *****y – for being suck asses – they need to look at one thing and that’s the deal we’re going to be signing in about three weeks,” he said.

“Pro athletes are not *****y. Pro athletes care about the game. Everybody out there who calls us spoiled because we play a game – they can kiss my ass.”

Roenick went on to say that the players didn’t want those so-called “fans” at the rink.

“I will say personally, personally, to everybody who calls us spoiled – you guys are just jealous… We’re trying to get this thing back on the ice and make it better for the fans. If you don’t realize that, then don’t come. We don’t want you in the rink, we don’t want you in the stadium, we don’t want you to watch hockey.”

Even if a new NHL collective bargaining agreement is reached, the 15-year NHL veteran may not make a return to the ice.

Roenick told Sporting News Radio on Friday that he has not made up his mind about whether or not he’ll lace up his skates again.

“I have to see how my body reacts to some really, really, really hard training regimen here coming up in the latter part of the summer,” he said.

“It’s very hard to get motivated without a deal. Once that announcement comes, I think the motivational factor will definitely be lifted. I have not 100 percent made my decision to play, but to tell you the truth, I have a lot of drive in me and really, really want to continue.”

This isnt the first time JR speaks out, we all as fans know Roenick to speak out, but this time he may have gone to far and said things he shouldnt of said, although he made some good points. What do you think?

63 Responses to JR lashes out

  1. nelsog says:

    I still don’t see any facts in your postings.

  2. nelsog says:

    I’m a little confused teach. Does his being young in anyway make his viewpoint less valuable than yours?

    I know the tenure system makes your job situation in constant peril, but I don’t think your career would end tomorrow if your pen blew up today. But, then again, you would be compensated if it did in thanks to your-say it with me now-UNION. We all know that the teachers’ unions have never held anyone “hostage” asking for equal shares and better benefits.

    i’m going to issue you a challenge, though I doubt it can be proven by us alone. If you can show me clear evidence that the percentage of money in any given school system payed to the teachers and staff is significantly lower than what an NHL franchises pays the players on its roster.

  3. 19Yzerman says:

    If all Oil companies, Airlines, Automakers, Public School Systems or any other large scale form employment which effected our daily lives were in a labor dispute of this duration with their employees. People would be outraged at the companies for not working things out to get the workers back to work in a more expeditious fashion. In this case everyone’s focus is on the players because they make X amount which to some of us could be a life time of earnings in one year. It has people thinking how the players should be willing to compromise and somehow sympathize with the owners whose teams are worth hundreds of millions. If you buy a business the IRS expects you are going to lose money for the first few years. A lot of teams are changing hands with a frequency which should assume some losses and could never reach breaking even because they are changes hands to often.

    I have to admit that JR’s comments were not the most diplomatic and not what you would want to hear from the ambassador of your union but, no one else seems to be stepping up to speak out on behalf of the NHLPA. It is likely because no matter what is said most people are of the opinion that the players should take what they are given simply because its more then most of those people could ever make in a life time. It is to the point where these people think they can put their own value on a player and that is what that player is worth like they are sports agents with their hands in the owners back pockets or something.

    Oh Teachers? You are the most under appreciated and under compensated workers in the USA. Our educators are being out sourced while our school systems are being out bit bid for you. So if you are considering going to Mexico to teach for more money, a house and promise of your own education be continued. Perhaps you should consider staying here for less because most people think you should stay here and help our youth but, we can’t afford to pay you more though.

  4. nelsog says:

    Dang, 1000 bucks for Wolverines football! That’s expensive.

    Why don’t we all start complaining about the 6 billion dollar a year NCAA media machine. These college sports departments are greedy and lazy and must be broken and brought back to the real world right? Anybody with here? But there is little coverage of this issue because the sports media depends on the coverage contracts from the NCAA so I doubt anybody will be with me here.

  5. 19Yzerman says:


    Who needs fact?

    Where he is going they don’t need facts!!!

    You know like Dr Emmit Brown in Back to the Future II. Climb in future boy we are going back to 1955.

  6. 19Yzerman says:

    NCAA student athletes. I think they should be allowed to take out insured loans based on a small % their individualy projected worth in their respective sports. Insured so that if a player is a bust and doesn’t pan out at all the loan company gets its money. Other wise they cannot be paid even if NCAA allowed it they would have problems with title #9 requiring them to pay all student athletes and for them to be paid the same amount.

    Oh Yea! ! $500 per seat was to convert the tickets from my dads name into mine which was indicated as a one time offer this season so long time holders such as us since 1974 can continue to be ticket holders as there is a long waiting list to get season tickets. We have 3 seat so $1500 was just to do the name conversion.

  7. guinsfan4life says:

    The taxes are worse in the North and the cost of living would kill me.

    I stand corrected, then, you are correct I totally misjudged you. For that, I am wrong.

    Never said you weren’t entitled to your own opinion, just that I think it is in the minority, but whatever the case may be, that is your opinion.

    What are your terms, then, for what the new CBA should have included?? We both agree there should be a financial element different…what else?

  8. guinsfan4life says:

    Never said anything about his age and value of his viewpoint. I did say that his age may have contributed to his viewpoint which is a totally realistic statement, if my inference of his age would have been correct, and of course it wasn’t.

    My career…I am not going to complain, I have a good job. Yeah, there are things about it I would like to change, but for the most part, I am happy.

    If my pen blew up?? Let me tell you something, if you think I sit at a desk all day writing and correcting papers, you have mistaken. I am a teacher of students with disabilities, which means I am constantly lifting them out of wheelchairs to go to the bathroom, chasing them down the hall (when I have runners) and at times, restraining them when they become physically violent with other students or myself. I earn my paycheck.

    While the union has served me quite well and I owe alot to the representatives that have come before me, the changes in education contracts for teachers has changed over the years for various reasons and depends alot based on the region in which you teach and the strength of your union.

    As far as your challenge. I will look into it, and it shouldn’t be quite hard to find out. I’ll be quite honest with you, though, it is going to be quite less, depending on which team and or district. Alot of the districts around where I live in PA–some are very wealthy, and you could have a teacher reach max pay at say 90k–after 15 years, while in others they wouldn’t see that ever. Again, depends on the assets within the community and the contract.

    I am not sure what your challenge would prove, anyway. If you are comparing my job with a hockey player’s job in the hope of finding some sort of parallel, you won’t.

  9. guinsfan4life says:

    We have districts here in PA who have teachers in it who have been working without a contract for more than a year. YOu know what that means?? Wage freezes, public crticisims…the first strike in the district I work in people threw rocks at them and a school board member even tried running them over with a car as they were picketiing.

  10. guinsfan4life says:

    Who sang that song?

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