Brad Marchand Defends Deleted Tweet To Bruins Reporter Concerning Tuukka Rask’s Police Hat

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dangolka (CBS) — Brad Marchand’s Wednesday morning in Toronto started with a bang, because the Bruins’ star winger fired off an emotional tweet directed at a dangolka Globe reporter.

“Are you [expletive] severe Porter?” Marchand tweeted at dangolka Globe reporter Matt Porter. “This right here is why you’re a part of the issue.”

The tweet got here in response to Porter sharing a display shot of Tuukka Rask being interviewed on NBC Sports activities whereas carrying a dangolka Police hat. That tweet was hooked up to a different tweet, which shared the assertion from Bruins gamers expressing their plan to lock arms through the nationwide anthem as a present of help for the Black neighborhood.

Contemplating the juxtaposition of Porter’s two tweets in regards to the Bruins’ assertion in opposition to racism and Rask’s dangolka Police hat, it was clear that Marchand felt Porter was indicating that the hat stood in opposition to the Bruins’ assertion in opposition to police brutality.

Marchand deleted his tweet, however in a while Wednesday when talking to the media on a video convention name, he was requested if he regretted sending that message.

“The rationale I deleted my tweet was not as a result of I regretted tweeting it. It was as a result of i didn’t need to carry any consideration to [Porter],” Marchand mentioned. “So I don’t remorse the way in which that I responded. I remorse giving him consideration for what he wished. We stand with Tuukka, we stand as a gaggle collectively, and that’s that.”

Marchand famous that Rask’s interview was recorded earlier than the gamers’ assertion was launched.

“Tuuks was given a hat by a pal that he wore in an interview previous to the assertion being launched. That’s OK for him to help a pal and put on a hat,” Marchand mentioned. “It doesn’t change the truth that all of us stand united in opposition to making an attempt to finish racism and being a part of that answer. And Tuuks is a part of that. He’s on board, as are all of us.”

Marchand went on to accuse the reporter of making an attempt to generate consideration, one thing that may work in opposition to the Bruins’ purpose of making an attempt to talk out in opposition to some severe points in America.

“I responded to that as a result of I felt that we need to be a part of the answer and in doing that with what Matt was making an attempt to do was create a buzz,” Marchand mentioned. “We really feel like Tuukka has an enormous platform, and for him to carry damaging consideration, that may deter Tuuks from eager to be a part of this. I’m not saying he does. But when it does, Tuuks has an enormous following. In case you silence Tuuks and also you silence his followers, that’s a part of the issue. We’d like individuals to be prepared to talk up and need to be a part of the answer and proceed the dialog. The extra individuals you silence and extra damaging consideration you carry to what persons are making an attempt to create a constructive answer, the extra it’s going to negatively impression ending racism.”

Marchand added: “What Matt did was he tried to create a buzz that may impact himself positively, and get extra followers, get extra consideration, get extra likes, when it’s hurting what we’re making an attempt to maneuver ahead with.”

The Bruins get again to sport motion Thursday night time, in an exhibition sport in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets. That might be their lone tune-up earlier than their round-robin play begins on Sunday afternoon in opposition to the Philadelphia Flyers.

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