And the NHL wonders why it can’t attract a wider audience.
Look, you can argue that fighting is part of the sport until you’re blue in the face, but only a limited audience really want to see this kind of activity on a regular basis. You fight in basketball, you get ejected. You fight in baseball, you get ejected. You fight in football, you get ejected. You fight in hockey, they make you rest for a couple of minutes and encourage you to go back out on the ice and fight some more.
And to start the game this way? Yeah, families will come in droves for that.
Like many young people, Yuri Wright has a Twitter account where he shares his thoughts each day in 140 characters or less. He even has it set to private. But it’s not private, really, when your friends (1600 followers at one point) share those tweets with the rest of the world. Especially the allegedly sexually graphic and racist ones. (NSFW examples below)
Now, Yuri, a top high school cornerback prospect out of Don Bosco Prep (NJ) has reportedly been expelled from school as a result of his comments and is no longer being courted by schools like Colorado, Rutgers and even the University of Michigan. Nope, not any more. Not once those tweets came out.
The account has since been removed, but that damage appears to be done. Think he was treated fairly? Read the tweets below and decide for yourself.