Sunday, November 8, 2009

When Player Agents Cross a Line….

image Well I’m sure you’ve all read or heard about the story about a certain player agent’s online escapades Saturday night on Twitter.

I’m choosing to keep the individual’s name out of this post as I don’t want to give him one extra hit on Google Search.

It’s pretty much been picked up by every hockey blog and website since it came up, even getting national exposure on HNIC.

Basically the agent questioned the win-loss record of his client’s teammate, Carey Price, and it snowballed from there.

An online and national television frenzy enveloped and the agent has since done a 21st century Oliver North and deleted his Twitter comments.

The client, Jaroslav Halak, knew nothing about his agent’s remarks going into this morning’s practice.

As if the Canadiens had enough to deal with with goaltending problems this season, this genius stirs the pot furthermore, despite claiming it to be a tongue-in-cheek remark.

Apparently this is not the first time this person has made remarks on Twitter, so clearly he was well aware of his actions.

It has to hurt Halak who while on a four-game win streak, received praise from Price for playing well. Price even suggested Halak remain in net. Then his agent does this.

Now granted we do live in a society where freedom of speech is strongly encouraged, and I am not a player agent, but I feel a serious sense of ethics has been breeched.

You don’t call out a teammate of a player you represent!

Last I checked, an agent speaks on his client’s behalf for his/her actions, promotions or business interests and not the actions of others.

More than likely it will frustrate other players, agents and GM’s in the NHL looking to do future dealings with him and his clients.

The agent is certified by the NHLPA and so I figure there’s one good way of dealing with your opinions.

Those opposed to the individual’s actions can easily fill out this contact form and submit your thoughts directly to the NHLPA.

I am also adding a poll to gauge opinion if the individual was right to do what he said.

Update @ 9:00pm: Dave Stubbs’ article on the situation from the National Post/Montreal Gazette

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