Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 8/4/12

I certainly didn’t need any more reasons not to like Sidney Crosby. The Flyers-Penguins rivalry that has been building for years now reached a fevered pitch when the two teams played each other twice in the final week of the regular season and then again in the first round of the playoffs. It wasn’t pretty as you probably remember.

The fact that Claude Giroux came out a few days ago and said that his injured wrists, both of which required offseason surgery, were the result of Sidney Crosby slashing him in the playoffs whenever they lined up for a face off just seals the deal. If it were some goon that did it to Giroux, I’d say you fight fire with fire and get him next time around.

Some might say there was already some poetic justice handed out as Giroux laid out Crosby in the opening seconds of the deciding game 6 and then scored a goal moments later. Beating the Penguins and Crosby makes it better, but it doesn’t make it right.

The NHL has done their best to hitch their wagon to this guy and promote the hell out of him as the face of hockey. That’s great and all, but I’m not sure Crosby’s antics warrant such an honor. I don’t think he’s any kind of role model to anyone. What kind of example does Crosby set to younger people and kids coming up playing hockey now? If the message to be sent to the youth is that as long as you’re good enough, it doesn’t matter what you do or how you act, then Crosby is right on the money.

I’ve been lucky enough to watch some of the true greats in hockey. Players like Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr just to name a few. While Sidney Crosby may have the talent and skill of those aforementioned players, he doesn’t possess one one-thousandth of the class and dignity with which they played the game.

Crosby is coddled by the league and hung his teammates out to dry by having them fight the battles he started. As you may recall, some of them were suspended trying to defend Crosby. If someone slashed Crosby’s wrists every time there was a face off, you’d better believe the NHL would know about it and suspend someone. The same if a Flyer tried to pay Crosby back for what he did to Giroux.

It’s not a matter of his skill, Crosby is an amazingly talented player. It’s a matter of how he handles himself and conducts himself on and off the ice. When asked why he swept Jakub Voracek’s glove away as he went to pick it up in an act of poor sportsmanship, Crosby could only answer with “I don’t like him.” Really? That’s all he could come up with?

Crosby also declined comment when faced with Giroux’s accusations recently.

AwI know I’ll get killed by the sourpuss Penguins fans out there. How dare I, a Flyers fan, accuse any one of playing dirty? Honestly, the Broad Street Bully days ended long ago. I’m tired of hearing that nonsense. The fact is Crosby is a bad example period.Similar Posts:

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