Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 10/14/13
San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton's comments this past week about how it's silly for media to criticize teammate Thomas Hertl for his four goal performance and how he would celebrate a hypothetical four-goal night of his own in rather explicit fashion understandably spread around the internet thanks to the hilarious nature of his comments, but they also left some debating whether these comments should ever have been published. They were made to a roomful of media who were interviewing Sharks teammate Patrick Marleau, but Jason Botchford of Vancouver newspaper The Province was the only one to initially publish them. That led to plenty of blasting of Botchford, particularly from the Sharks organization. Here's what Scott Emmert, the team's director of communications, said in a statement:  "I don't think it would be a surprise to anyone in the industry that ‘locker room talk’ exists. Professional reporters understand that concept and respect it. This is a pathetic attempt to generate

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