What do people expect? He did what they asked. I'm sure they would've loved to have avoided a lockout but the owners will have made it pretty clear in no uncertain terms what they wanted and he was the fall guy who had to go out and get it.
I don't believe the "complete and unconditional" business for a minute. It would look just as bad if this vote had not been unanimous, just as if the vote to lock the players out had not been unanimous, so some owners hold their nose and vote the way Bettman wants them to. If you were an owner and were not happy about the lockout, you wouldn't demonstrate it in such a public way.
Especially coming from Jacobs, you really must have just rolled out of the Cabbage Patch if you believe that.
Just words, a reporter could have asked the Leafs Ownership just last week if they are still behind Burke as GM and they probably would have said something like "We are 100% behind Brian Burke as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the foreseeable future"