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Penguins' Sidney Crosby condemns secret taping of Ottawa players' conversation

Jonathan Bombulie
| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Ottawa Senators assistant coach Martin Raymond, front, and Senators forward Matt Duchene skate past each other during NHL hockey practice in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. A video has surfaced showing several Ottawa Senators players, including Duchene, trashing the team and assistant coach Raymond during an Uber ride, the latest bit of humiliation for an organization that’s been riddled with it recently. The players have since apologized to the team and coach.
Ottawa Senators assistant coach Martin Raymond, front, and Senators forward Matt Duchene skate past each other during NHL hockey practice in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. A video has surfaced showing several Ottawa Senators players, including Duchene, trashing the team and assistant coach Raymond during an Uber ride, the latest bit of humiliation for an organization that’s been riddled with it recently. The players have since apologized to the team and coach.

Add Sidney Crosby’s voice to the chorus of those condemning the invasion of privacy a group of Ottawa Senators players experienced when their Uber driver secretly recorded their conversations during a recent ride.

Chris Wideman, Matt Duchene, Thomas Chabot, Dylan DeMelo, Alex Formenton, Chris Tierney and Colin White were caught on tape bad-mouthing the team’s coaching staff, especially assistant Martin Raymond’s work on the penalty kill.

The video, recorded Oct. 29 in Arizona, leaked on the internet. The players issued a statement Monday apologizing for their comments.

“It’s bad,” Crosby said Tuesday. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hockey player or someone looking to jump in a car. It’s too bad to see that. People try to do the responsible thing, especially when they’ve been drinking and things like that, try to be responsible and jump in a car and to be taken advantage of like that, I think it’s wrong. Every one of us has been in that position before. Unfortunately, that happened.”

Crosby agreed with the widely held belief that it’s commonplace for players to be critical of coaches – and coaches of players – in privately held conversations.

“Definitely,” Crosby said. “Those conversations happen all the time. Coaches know it. Players know it. We’re together every day. It’s pretty easy for that to happen.”

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Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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