He Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

The NHL fired a referee. After calling a penalty on a play that probably didn’t deserve it, he was caught on a mic saying that he wanted to give that team a penalty.

He wanted to give a make up call for whatever reason. Everyone who has ever watched hockey knows that refs occasionally give make up calls when one team is getting whistled more than the other. It’s a thing that everyone knows happens, but referees never talk about. This guy was fired for saying the quiet part out loud.

Do I agree with the firing? Hell yes. The league is correct when it says that it needs to protect the integrity of the game and all that.

Do I think the league is being completely hypocritical? Hell yes. If the integrity of the game is this important, why haven’t they investigated the seemingly infinite number of calls that were clearly make up calls over the course of the last 100 years or so? He wasn’t fired for his actions, he was fired for talking about the obvious thing while standing too close to an open microphone.

The refs have a union, don’t they? I’m curious to hear what they have to say about this.