The tweet in question, issued late Wednesday night from the team’s official account after the Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first game of their playoff series, said: “To everyone in Canada outside BC, you’re welcome.”
Lombardi said on Thursday that, “In no way did this reflect the opinion of the players, coaches or staff of the L.A. Kings toward an organization and fan base we respect.”
Well, hooray. Now we can all go back to having the official communication from NHL teams be painfully antiseptic, where everyone just wants to “outwork the other team” and “win puck battles” and also “raise their compete level” — that last one apparently being the 2012 version of “competitiveness.”
The thing is, the aforementioned antiseptic cliches comes from players and coaches. The tweet in question just came from some guy in the Kings Twitter Division (no, I don’t think that’s what it’s really called). It has nothing to do with the Kings such as we know them, the players, coaches and GM. It’s just a dickheaded employee comment.
My problem with the tweet is not that it’s offensive to Canada or Vancouver or the Canucks or whatever. It just makes me uncomfortable. It’s the premature celebration by the hot-dogging wide-receiver before he’s crossed the goal line, right before he fumbles the ball.
But that’s all sports voodoo. It wasn’t the Kings. It was some jerk in an office somewhere.