Mark Bell involved in Drunk Driving Incident

So far charged with a DUI and a hit and run.

Heres the link- http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=176558&hubname=


50 Responses to Mark Bell involved in Drunk Driving Incident

  1. avsrule24 says:

    hopefully its a misunderstanding…

    i can’t wait to see this guy teem up with thorton and cheechoo next season

  2. Peca94 says:

    What a failure!

    Hopefully no one is seriously injured, and if its DUI I guess he’s either gonna have to hitch a ride with Joe or take a limo. Oh well, he is defiantly going to be a star in San Jose this year….Thornton, Cheechoo, and Bell could be the best line in hockey!

  3. dcz28 says:

    No wonder Chicago sucked since most of their players were playing with hangovers all the time…Calder, Arnason and Bell were all shipped out and seem to like drinking a bit too much during the season. All 3 of them are skilled players but they need to learn to control their drinking during the season and concentrate on hockey.

  4. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Id really like you to produce some evidence to those serious accusations… Your telling me that the Chicago team sucked cause 3 players were alchoholics… thats complete bull shit

  5. CaptainInsano says:

    Didn’t Thornton get arrested for a drunken brawl a while back?

    And Heatley did something too, except worse.

    They were two of the best players in the NHL last year – I think Bell will rebound from this and it’s only a temporary distraction.

  6. CaptainInsano says:

    OOOPs I meant “He’ll Be BACK …”, typo

  7. MACH9ER says:

    Mr. Pro athelete will just get a slap on the wrist and a days pay.

  8. muckies says:

    well if he did it in Canada he’d get off with nothing, but he got caught in the U.S.A

    He has 4 things going for him in the U.S. justice system that may get him off lightly.

    1. He’s White

    2. He’s not Black

    3. He’s rich

    4. He’s got powerfull friends

    Personally, i think he should do time. You don’t get drunk, get in a car, rear end sombody and ijure them, drive away and not get off with a lsap on the wrist, he should do some time.

  9. ObjectiveImpartiaL says:

    Why would you post such a thing. Any proof or are you just trying to be funny?? Being from a town minutes away from were Calder is from I know poeple who have hung out with Chicago after the games and there was no mention of any problems. There was alot of mention how much fun they were after the game which does not sound like a team that just played a game hung over.

  10. Sharks06 says:

    He’ll get off pretty lightly, Teemu Selanne used to get caught streetracing in his Ferrari here in San Jose when he played here.

  11. J_Retz says:

    Why does everyone think Heatley was drunk? His BAC was below the legal limit and was .015 – hardly enough to impair a guy. It was just too much engine for him and those cars aren’t meant to speed along regular winding roads.

  12. Pedro says:

    ya, maybe they made him blow in the wrong end.

  13. the_word says:

    Why must tsn constantly report DUIs? It’s embrassing, no one at home turns on to tsn Sportsdesk to see highlights of a crime scene or to hear news of a drunk driver, nor do they log on to their website to read about DUIs. It’s just an opportunity to humiliate someone who made a mistake because they’re a pro athlete. It appears that tsn has an identity crisis, confusing thier own with MADD.

  14. habs_win_cup_2007 says:

    How is this not something that TSN shouldnt report on, were talking about it here arent we, so shouldnt you be razzing on HTR.com as well. TSN reports sports news, being anyhing pretaining to sports will be on the station. Its not like they covered something like the canadian soldiers dieing did they. TSN has every right to comment on mark bell situation as we are doing right now. Bell should fry for this, he not only drove drunk, he hit a car, and then drove away from it. If that was me or anybody else not famous, we would fry in jail, but because hes a hockey player, expect him to get off like all other sports players do. The people in charge of the justice system must all be sports fans.

  15. kamullia says:

    Unfortunately, I have to agree. But especially if it is the first time, depending on the situation, I typically feel people (any ordinary citizen) should be given a chance to learn from their obvious mistake. And hopefully he will and pass on the message.

  16. kamullia says:

    Oh good God. I did not know he had actually injured someone. That makes matters worse. Hopefully nothing serious for everyone’s sake?

  17. kamullia says:

    Jagr had a sleuth of speeding tickets around Pittsburgh back when he was a Penguin.

    But excessive speeding vs. driving drunk, hitting someone, and also injuring them, and then fleeing are very different in my views.

    But the truth is a good lawyer will get him off lightly, especially compared to what John Doe Public would get.

  18. kamullia says:

    I partially agree that when a person makes a mistake, the least they need is for their laundry to be aired for all to see. It should not be done.

    But we have to be realistic that these are pro-athletes who whether they like it or not, benefit from their public status and who can be viewed, especially by children, as models. And in that light, it should and most be reported. If it was not mentioned at all it would be irresponsible towards the public in my view of the media.

  19. patdud says:

    itll be a real line of ruff and tumble criminals, i remember when thornton punched a Quebec cop in the face, lol. has cheechoo done anything yet? maybe he should get started on his criminal record

  20. the_word says:

    Would you consider Craig MacTavish a role model? A little know fact that he killed someone while driving drunk, early in his career. Does that entail that he is a bad role model in Edmonton?

    Lets be honest not many children know who Mark Bell is, the media shaming him for a mistake he probrably deeply regrets doesn’t serve anyone’s interest. TSN is an entertainment network, they do not hold a moral responsibility to the public (not that most news organization are concerned with ethical duty to the public anyway).

  21. the_word says:

    the HTR.com post is a result of TSN report, this is merely a reaction to it. I offered mine.

    TSN is a entertainment station, not news, there is a difference.

    I found this especially enlighting.

    “Bell should fry for this, he not only drove drunk, he hit a car, and then drove away from it. If that was me or anybody else not famous, we would fry in jail, but because hes a hockey player, expect him to get off like all other sports players do. The people in charge of the justice system must all be sports fans.”

  22. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Isn’t that the whole purpose of a Ferrari? Driving fast down the winding roads of Italy? I’m pretty sure those cars are more than capable of high speeds on winding roads.

  23. Marky2Fresh says:

    Ya because there is a nationwide conspiracy to arrest black people.

  24. dcz28 says:

    I’ve heard that some Chicago players liked to go out drinking often. I never said they were alchoholics since there is a difference between that and binge drinking a little too much. Every team pretty much have players like that it’s just not made public most of the time till they are alchoholics…just look at Theo Fleury, he had drinking problems a long time before it came to the media’s attention. Bonk when he was with the Sens was known to go out drinking all the time (heard that from people that actually saw him often at the downtown bars) but have you heard anything about him during that time? No, because a lot of young players do it…the year the Sens eliminated New Jersey in the first round the night before one of the games in Ottawa a bunch of Devils players were partying in a bar but that didn’t make headlines either so just because you don’t hear about it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

    I was joking about Chicago sucking because of this but it sure as hell wouldn’t help a team and it’s kinda weird don’t you think that those guys were rumoured as guys who liked to party and now all 3 are gone from there. Chicago sucked because Kabby slumped all season to go with a young defense (without Aucoin) and they didn’t have much depth at forward without Ruutu and Daze injured…so you can relax now.

  25. tancred says:

    I do agree with you somewhat on the humiliation side of things; its not fun. I know in some places I’ve lived they publish in the newspapers the names of people who’ve gotten speeding tickets, driven drunk, got caught visiting prostitutes, etc. I guess it goes back to the times when sinners and law breakers were publicly humiliated up on the scaffold.

    Aside from all of that, though, what if no one reported of Bell’s possible DUI out of respect or whatever? Say he had to spend time away from the game in court or even in jail. Then fans watching the games would wonder where he is and why he’s not playing. I think the details would all come out anyway.

  26. dcz28 says:

    Those are just things i’ve heard maybe it was blown out of proportion i’m not sure but i don’t think that friends of his would be telling everyone if he did get hammered the night before a game.

    Stephane Yelle went to my high school i know people that hang out with him but if he did binge drink a little too often they wouldn’t be telling everybody that either (not saying he does or doesn’t but i’ve heard some funny stories about him in bars from people who were there but that was in the off-season not during the season). Like i told the other guy Bonk was known for going to the downtown bars a lot when he played for the Sens but the media never said anything about it since most teams have players like that when they are young, make big money and want to score with lots of chicks (party).

  27. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Heatley? you mean “friendKILLER”heatley? yea dui what else is to be expected. A rich budding nhl star will never have to pay the consequences for their stupidity unless your name is Todd

  28. thatleafsguy says:

    So much for being a great guy, with a lot of class. Great call by the media and fans who fronted for this guy over the last couple years.

  29. kamullia says:

    I think MacTavish is a good role model, yes. And the fact that was able to become a good role model, despite his errors, is commendable and should be celebrated.

    Being a responsible father, it does not matter if only one child in the entire world knows Mark Bell, even if it’s his nephew. That is one child that needs guidance, even if minimal.

    As far as corporations, which TSN is one, regardless of their charter they all should be held accountable to a level of morals. And in fact they voice just that in public briefings and in lobbying clients. I do agree that they hardly ever actually do something that is morally beneficial to the public, but they should. At least to an arbitrary level, and I think this is airing is acceptable in that light.

    Do not get me wrong, I know that they aired the Bell news with little if any moral thought, and nothing more than shock value in search of a bigger audience. But it is knowledge that should be passed on, regardless, just like other knowledge needs to be withdrawn (so we agree on that, just not on this specific instance).

  30. habsfan2006 says:

    Last time he was in Montreal, he was at ym friends bar and he started a major brawl and got his ass kcked

  31. the_word says:

    I believe Mark Bell should be entitled to his privacy.

    “Being a responsible father, it does not matter if only one child in the entire world knows Mark Bell, even if it’s his nephew. That is one child that needs guidance, even if minimal.”

    Using this logic, virtually every criminal act should be made public as all it takes is having a nephew to be considered a rolemodel.

    “they all should be held accountable to a level of morals”

    this is very ambiogious, for instance I feel it is immoral to ignore Mark Bell’s right to privacy.

  32. the_word says:

    That is a fair point, but the difference is that it would be more of local news issue (perhaps common knowledge in Chicago), but no so for a national audience (TSN). For instance, Bret Hull received a DUI in his rookie year in Calgary. The Flames ended up trading him to give him a fresh start in St.Louis. It work out for the best and it didn’t taint his entire career.

  33. kamullia says:

    I believe all should be entitled to privacy, myself, but I do understand well how easily children can be impressed and affected by things of this nature. And some will inevitably say, hey if he can do it, why can’t I? It’s ok to do it. And that is the risk that needs to addressed, and unfortunately Bell’s privacy is injured in the process. But let us be frank too about Bell. When you break the law, physically injure a person and you do not even stop to attend them or make sure they are ok, I feel some of his right to privacy boundaries can be overstepped.

    Yes, Bell rights are injured here, but ultimately it was by his own design that the situation unfolded. Responsibility of all of this, ultimately resides on Bell’s shoulders, and no one else. Without his actions, there would have been no invation of privacy.

  34. habs_win_cup_2007 says:

    exactly, as a free nation……well canada and the us, the public is open to free speach, and television are open to putting anything on the air no matter how controversial it is. Everyday we are witnised to deaths from iraq, and why, becuase its news. Mark bell screwed up, would we be striving for his right to privicy if instead of hit and run, he killled a 3-year old instead? While its not the case, its still important to sports fan to know what kind of people your are on your team.

    I believe in second chances, and he deserves as much as the next person who screws up, but his actions are irresponsible, so the public bashing he is getting is deservedly correct.

  35. the_word says:

    All right, let’s keep our focus on the issue here. Canada and the US are democracies that value free speech, however part of what makes citizens of these countries free is a division between public and private life. Both must be given proper respect.

    “television are open to putting anything on the air no matter how controversial it is”

    Ridiculous statement, notice you’ve never seen someone naked on TSN, thats because they’re standards of decency that TSN must abide by, however I’ll leave such issues for the CRTC to regulate. My comments are not that TSN has no right to broadcast the Bell incident, but that it serves no value to humiliate him. That is to say, not broadcasting his DUI, doesn’t hurt the public.

    Had he killed a 3 year old, well I have no sympathy for hypothetical infants being killed and even if that were the case, the issue would be vehicular homicide and not simply a DUI. If Craig MacTavish can fly under the radar, then why not Mark Bell.

    You can to point to the rodel model arguement that suggests that Mark Bell’s DUI should be news for a national audience, however do we really give any thought before flogging him? Think about it, why would someone be concerned with the example he sets for children? Do children drive (nope)? Do children drink (nope)? Not until there at least 16 (any breaking of these laws are a result of lazy parenting not the Mark Bell’s DUI). Reporting Mark Bell’s DUI simply gives fans an excuse to bash him, and judge him from a comfortable distance.

  36. habs_win_cup_2007 says:

    “Reporting Mark Bell’s DUI simply gives fans an excuse to bash him”. The point here is that doesnt mark bell deserve any less than to be bashed, what he did is a very irresponsible thing, and it is news worthy when it is a sports player. we talked about that Minnisota viking player when he died on the field, We heard about steve chassion when he got killed in a car accident, and he all felt a lot of remorse when vlad. knonsintenov died the night the red wings won the cup….its not really sports news, but it is. I dont think in any way that TSN or the Score or any other network put this piece out in the hopes of bashing on Mark bell, hes young and hopefully he can get past it, but as a sports figure its important to the public to know. Now weather people bash him, is up to the public, I think he needs to be taught a lesson, but i aint gonna get into what it is but if he feels he can do things like this, he needs something driven into his head to know what he did is very wrong. Hey maybe all this coming out is the best thing that could have happened and maybe this is his lesson, his cred is tainted now, and maybe thats in itself punishment enough….i dont think so but who am i to agree or disagree about it.

    Oh a cheers to you, the_word for not being like a lot of people on this site, and just saying f-off when someone has a different opinion than your own. I like have these discussions with others on their different view. Its a way IMO to understand where others are coming from.

  37. kamullia says:

    Children, and youngsters in their teens are all impressionable. Period. Children in North America simply do not smoke, not until they become teenagers. And yet, Joe Camel was pulled because it was deemed an influence on children. Athletes are an influence on children. Just look around the rink and you will find them cheering and laughing and screaming and typically zealously defend the players on their team much more than a typical fan. Just go anywhere that a pro-athlete is signing autographs and look at the demographics. Advertising and merchandising with Athletes is specifically intentionally geared in large part to appeal to under-aged, especially teenagers who make up a large portion of sports gear/athletic sales. To simply dismiss the power than athletes have on children is simply unrealistic and trying to cover up a proven fact.

    I also think that whatever injury is simply mitigating cir*****stance, and the fact remains that injury or not, Bell broke several laws, physically endangered the public on a shared thoroughfare, and worst of all took flight from the scene with complete disregard for any possible physical damage done to an innocent bystander. Fleeing was the worst thing he could have done. I would have much more respect for someone who would have stopped and realized the gravity and was willing to face the music, than someone who tries to sneak out and pretend nothing happened. And for the record, injuries can potentially be worse than death, in the regard that upon death the suffering of the person involved (although not the loved ones) ceases, but injuries can be long-suffering to the individual and loved ones, and can even be a burden on the loves ones also.

    Bell was irresponsible. He should not be lynched and should be given a chance to learn from this and become a better person, but he certainly should be exposed as having done wrong and he should be willing to do just that. It is part of assuming responsibility for his actions, which is also part of earning a second chance.

  38. kamullia says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your last paragraph. That is how all the discussions should be, respectful even when the views are polar opposites.

    Definitely congratulations to him, I second his demeanour, even if I profoundly disagree with some of his views.

  39. the_word says:

    “Just go anywhere that a pro-athlete is signing autographs and look at the demographics. Advertising and merchandising with Athletes is specifically intentionally geared in large part to appeal to under-aged, especially teenagers who make up a large portion of sports gear/athletic sales. To simply dismiss the power than athletes have on children is simply unrealistic and trying to cover up a proven fact.”

    So does this mean the lives of athletes are the property of their demographic? Also, children may be impressionable, but lets be honest, children are uninterested in Mark Bell’s DUI.

    Bell did break the law, and should face the consequences in court, but I feel reporting this pseudo sports news to a national audience serves no value. No one is better off sitting back and dissecting Bell’s life. Here is what I take with, if you look over the topics on this site you can see that one these articles doesn’t look like the others. We’re not talking hockey here, we’re talking about someone’s life. Fans should be free to be an armchair quaterback when talking about the athlete performance in his or her actual sport (i.e. being an athlete is Mark Bell’s public life, being someone brought up on criminal charges is not) however being armchair quaterback to dissect someone’s personal life is another issue.

  40. the_word says:

    thanks for the kind words, I hold the same esteem for yourself and kamullia.

  41. kamullia says:

    Small children are uninterested, I am sure, but certainly teenagers will be keeping track to a certain point about it. And I think we can agree that the ones who do follow it, we want them in tne end to come out with the understanding that what he did was extremely wrong. In their benefit, the situation teaches them a lesson in many ways. Again, Bell’s privacy suffers, but he brought it upon himself. Time to face the music, put up with the consequences and learn and grow from it.

    I understand your point about sports and media just sticking to strictly sports. But the truth is that Bell is a public figure who is known to the public, and the public has an interest in him. We would not be talking about Bell otherwise if he was your unknown neighbor. In the end, Bell benefits from the approval and following of fans, and certainly this incident will change that. It would not be fair to cover it up to the fans, and since Bell is a sports figure, it is fair play to cover his DUI on a sports network.

    They do cover a sports figure when they do something like a benefit and is unrelated to sports. Like passing water to victims after a hurricane and the like, which are unrelated to a sports activity. Those kind, uplift a sports figure’s image in the public. And in the same token, when they do something inappropriate, they should also cover it. Not just the good parts. Otherwise you would have to eliminate just about everything else, other than the boring interviews and the actual games from a sports channel.

    Regardless, I am interested in these kind of instances, and I have no problem with impartial coverage. Do not try to make the guy look worse, but tell me what he did do that was so bad. And when I go looking for the information, I expect the sports channel to carry it because he is a sports figure. CNN is probably not even going to give it a footnote.

  42. the_word says:

    “. Otherwise you would have to eliminate just about everything else, other than the boring interviews and the actual games from a sports channel.”

    The boring interviews and the actual games? Thats is the entertainment TSN offers. When I tune into TSN I’m my interest is watching highlights, or a game or trivial rift between Kobe and Shaq etc… This story about Bell is fairly uninteresting and not entertaining, and there lies my point, it serves no real value to report it.

    Small children are uninterested, I am sure, but certainly teenagers will be keeping track to a certain point about it.”

    There is a reason that there are respective age limits for drinking and another for driving. It is to ensure that a person is at an age in which they’ve developed the maturity to handle both these activities (some unfortunately never develop such maturity), we can’t hold Mark Bell responsible for someone else’s error in judgements (even if he is a ‘role model’ his influence on teenagers is irrelevant as teenagers should know better, but perhaps they may be confused as a result of a sports “news” show which oversteps it’s boundaries and begins to report on moral issues such as an athlete’s run in with the law rather than the boring games and highlights).

  43. kamullia says:

    What it comes down to, in TSN’s respect, is that it is sports news as far as they are concerned, and I wholeheartedly agree with them. I would venture to say that you are also in the minority as to this not being considered sports news.

    If I am wrong, do not worry, they will notice when people turn the channel (which is also one of your options) and they will simply refrain from reporting that kind of news. Otherwise, you are going to have keep on listening to these kind of sports news everywhere, and I for one welcome them because of my views and the good parts that I believe come from it.

    But as I suggest to everyone, if the situation does bother you that much, just write to the network and to your local political representatives. Or even connect with a civil liberties organization who might be willing to present a case in front of a court. There is also the picketing in front of their offices option, and even civil disobedience demonstrations if the law steps in their favor and if you so choose. It is possible you could be the one who changes it all around.

    As far as the rest, our views on this are almost polar opposites and I doubt anything will change that.

  44. iginla012 says:

    If this was Iginla or Laraque, they would be waiting for bail.

  45. habs_win_cup_2007 says:

    I agree, its me and you on one side of the fence, and him on the other……oh well its a good discussion anyways. cheers out

  46. Connolly4mvp says:

    Lmao true. Im not sure but didnt Patrick Roy beat his wife?

  47. Connolly4mvp says:

    Lmao, Laraque is ausome and there is a national conspirisy to arrest black people.

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