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11-19-2012, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by The Naz View Post
Bettman made a comment suggesting they should take a two week hiatus on negotiations. Whether it was a joke or he was adamant and he was told by everyone no, doesn't matter. He said it. That fact isn't wrong.

Whether or not he was kidding about wasting 2 more weeks of the lockout and guaranteeing thousands of people 2 more weeks of useless unemployment doesn't matter. But BTW, what do you mean that it was taken out of context? Or "mischaracterized"?

Bettman has also overseen 3 lockouts in the NHL in his reign. That is also a fact. Lupul ISN'T wrong in stating that fact.

Allowing people who've lost their jobs and have had to travel half way around the globe for work the RIGHT to speak their minds is some of the basics of a free and democratic society. Whether that person is right or wrong, rich or poor, they are entitled to speak their mind. Telling him to shut up now when we have a tool to speak to each other on a global scale without the hampering of those in control, is counter productive to a free society.

Freedom of speech is important.
It was mischaracterized by Lupul, players and several media by framing the comment in a way that would suggest that we're in the middle of negotiations and Gary Bettman wants to take a vacation. They also said that Bettman REQUESTED A MORATORIUM. Bettman didn't request the moratorium. Fehr said that he didn't know how to the two sides could proceed. Fehr was trying to get Gary to bite the bait and make a move but instead, Bettman used Fehr's own tactic against him and said 'well then we can take two weeks if you want so you can figure it out'. THAT is the context of Gary's two week break comment.

Sure, if you want to get technical, Bettman did mention the two week break but Lupul is wrong for twisting the comments to make it seem like they meant something other than what they actually meant.

It's easy to remove context from a situation in order to hear what we want to hear and Lupul is guilty of doing so - whether consciously or subconsciously.

And for the record, Lupul and the players shouldn't shut up because they have no right to freedom of speech, they should shut up because throughout this process, they're making themselves and the general NHLPA look like a bunch of hypocrites. I'll listen to Ryan Miller spew PA rhetoric all day and night. You know why? Because he speaks with intelligence and maturity and no matter if people agree or disagree with you, people will respect what you have to say far more when you put real thought into your words.

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