1-on-1 with Mike Richards (Interview)
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11-22-2010, 11:22 AM
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I actually have more respect for someone who isn't afraid to answer a question honestly. A large number of people loved Roenick for this and now Richards is being crucified for it. He probably knows that people are going to cry about it but he really doesn't give a **** what people think outside his locker room. It's one of the large reasons Philadelphians love the guy. He shares our outlook on life: if you're not one of us, we don't care if you like us or hate us.
The thing you're all missing is that the "right" and "wrong" way to do things isn't so black and white. The obvious right way is to handle it on the ice. Richards did that. Who cares if he says something to the media afterward? It's not like he's trying to avoid any responsibility to handle things himself.
As for the Forsberg comparisons... Forsberg was generally pretty candid with the media. He was also one of Richards's first captains in the NHL. Maybe that's where he learned it? Speculating is fun and I can do it too!
And about Elias... again, did anyone ask Elias? Nobody would have known what Richards was saying to Subban if he wasn't asked.
The common thread in defending Richards is that when the media asks, you have to answer. It's more honest? Don't kid yourself.
You know as well as I do that in every city, including Philly, reporters have been told to hit the road in no uncertain terms.
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