Maybe Steve Moore should just…go away…
I saw today that Steve Moore has launched yet another ridiculous lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi. This time for fraud. This is getting stupid.
First off, let me state that I thought the whole incident was UGLY, and don’t condone the behavior of anyone who was involved… A professional athlete should not lose his cool like Bertuzzi did, and discipline should not break down like that. But I gotta say…any sympathy I may have had for Steve Moore and his parents has long since been erased by his lame assed actions since.
I don’t profess to be intimately aware of all the details or more”in the know” than anyone else, but here’s how I see it. Moore, a mediocre player with a possibly long and forgettable career ahead of him at best, makes an illegal, extremely dangerous and (from what I saw) planned hit on a hockey superstar. Your basic run of the mill cheap shot by a weaker player. Moore has to know there’s going to be retaliation, especially since he gets away with it from the NHL’s point of view. Anyone who’s ever played hockey knows that a cheap shot will incur the wrath of the teammates, and a cheap shot against a bona fide superstar makes you an idiot. Specially when it injures him. But I digress.
So retaliation of some kind is due…you just can’t take out a superstar with a bad cheap shot and get away with it. Fast forward a couple of games and the canucks are getting rocked. I would assume that a cheapshot player like moore was probably mouthing off a lot anyways, and aggravating the situation. Bertuzzi finally goes after him, and Moore, being a genius (instead of taking a hit or two like anyone who’s played hockey would do), does the dumbest thing possible…he turtles and collapses with a huge guy behind him (now, there is the possibility that the punch knocked him out and he just fell…but I watched it live and then saw about a billion replays, and it sure didn’t look like a passing out fall). Then all his teammates pile on top of him. I’m about 120% positive that Bertuzzi’s intent was not to break a neck and end a career, but to send a message that a player of the caliber of Steve Moore cannot get away with injuring a player of the caliber of Marcus Naslund.
It was a horrible thing to see and to happen, and I am NOT defending Bertuzzi’s actions; just explaining how it works in hockey. Obviously a superstar power forward like Bertuzzi should not have been the retaliation guy; get a big brawler who doesn’t score goals to do that. Anyways… So Bertuzzi had a brain fart that cost him and the Canucks the rest of the season (and maybe this last one too), cost him a ton of money in legal fees and fines, cost him a huge amount of respect in the fans’ eyes, cost Moore his career, and cost hockey fans everywhere a huge blight on their sport. We know. Enough already. Moore, in his infinite wisdom has it figured out now. “Let’s launch a new lawsuit anytime there’s news about Bertuzzi. That will keep me in everyone’s mind, front and center.” Sorry steve…it does keep you in my mind…as a jerk who’s wasting everyone’s time and doing his best to make sure hockey has a bad name.
Seriously…I felt sorry for him and that career ending series of events at one time, but now he just seems small and petty. Give it a rest. Please.
Flame away, Av’s fans…