Seven Ottawa Senators players issued an apology on Monday night after their conversation in an Uber ride, criticizing the team’s poor play and an assistant coach, was recorded and published online.
Oh boy. This video of @Senators players (Wideman, Duchene, Tierney, Chabot, DeMelo, Formenton) talking trash about their coaching staff and roster is definitely not pretty. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/nyO0ZtupJE
— Hockey Daily (@HockeyDaily365) November 6, 2018
“Do you notice that when [Raymond] runs the video, if you actually do pay attention, he doesn’t ever teach you anything?” defenseman Chris Wideman said. “He just commentates what’s happening.”
Center Matt Duchene said: “We don’t change anything, ever. So why do we even have a meeting? I haven’t paid attention in three weeks.”
The apology, released by the team, was attributed to the players in the car: Thomas Chabot, Dylan DeMelo, Duchene, Alex Formenton, Chris Tierney, Wideman and Colin White.
The team also issued a statement from coach Guy Boucher.
“Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play,” Boucher’s statement read. “We have every confidence in Marty Raymond’s coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players’ apology. We are now treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media.”
The video was recorded while the team was on a road trip playing the Arizona Coyotes. Recording law in Arizona requires only one-party consent.
General manager of Uber Canada Rob Khazzam tweeted Monday night that the released video was in violation of the terms of service and that the company worked to have the video taken down.
A video was released by the media today of several Uber passengers being filmed without their consent while having a private discussion during a trip in Phoenix. This is a clear violation of our terms of service and we worked vigorously to investigate this issue. (1/2)
— Rob Khazzam (@rkhazzam) November 6, 2018
The eye in the sky is always watching.
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