A woman from Winnipeg stands on her feet after being the subject of misogynistic comments in a private group chat with NHL players.
“Everything that I publish, I publish on the Internet, because I feel great. I feel great. I feel worthy. “I just don’t think it’s worth it to get a few comments from people who clearly don’t respect women.”
Instagram photos of Nicole Hare were published in a personal group chat, in which three hockey players from Winnipeg participated.
In it, a group of men made comments about various female photographs online, including Zajac’s, writing comments like “oink oink”, “she is actually disgusting” and “I sincerely hope that their [sic] fat so I can just make them worse. “Men also insulted other NHL players.
Screenshots of these comments were posted on Wednesday on an anonymous Instagram account, which has since been deleted.
Forward “Washington Capitals” Brendan Lapsic was included in the chat. He apologized on Wednesday for the comments, saying they were “offensive.”
Manitoba University male hockey player Jeremy Leipsic, Brendan’s younger brother, was also chatting. In a statement emailed to CBC News, Bisons said they kicked him out of the team on Thursday.
“Bison Sports was extremely disappointed to learn about the comments made by a group of eminent hockey players, including one of ours who were involved in a private group chat that appeared on the Internet,” said Gene Muller, director of athletics at the university. recreation.
“We condemn any such comments and views, as they are offensive, reprehensible and have absolutely no place in sports or in our programs.”
Jack Rodewald was also part of the chat. Winnipegger, 26, played 10 games with Ottawa Senators.
Group chat “clearly shows a lot about men”
Zajac said it received screenshots from the group chat on Tuesday from an anonymous email address. She said that she was personally acquainted with some men in group chat, so she shared with them about this and talked with them. The next day, she saw that the messages had been made public.
She wanted to use this as a way to talk about body positive, so after the posts were made public, Zajac edited the negative comments on her photo and posted it on Instagram.
Zajac has been posting positive messages online for two years, and has also received negative reviews about its looks. She said she was not surprised when the last comments surfaced, although she was “not impressed” because she knows some of the men in the chat.
All in all, she said she hoped that other women affected by this would not take the comments seriously.
“They probably felt great publishing these photos, so I’m here to tell them that they are, and that no one will say anything, that this can change,” said Zayats.
“I just really hope that they don’t take it to heart because it clearly shows a lot about men and their character, and less about us.”
MJHL Commissioner calls chat “totally unacceptable”
Some of the group chat participants are former players in the Manitoba hockey league.
“I can hardly find the words for this. This is completely unacceptable and reprehensible, ”said MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis.
“I mean, I don’t know what’s going on in the minds of people who say that or talk like that.”
Davis said MJHL athletes go through a social media policy at the beginning of each season. The policy details unacceptable online behavior for players and staff.
“It contains specific references to behaviors that are relevant and those that are not related — specifically to sexism and sexual exploitation,” Davis said.
“Each player in the league is fully aware, and this type of behavior is not appropriate, will not be accepted and will not be allowed.”
Comments may haunt players: coach
An NHL statement told CBC Sports that the league condemns the comments made by Leipshik and Rodewald and that she will deal with the situation. Washington Capitals also told CBC Sports that it will deal with the situation domestically.
“Honestly, it can be done on the grid,” said Carter Brooks, a 15–17-year-old ice hockey coach in Winnipeg and assistant editor at Game On Magazine.
“Some players will be offended by what has been said. It happens around the league. It’s not funny [matter]”.
What is happening now will stay with these athletes forever, Brooks said.
“You are going to google the names of these players … you will see this for the rest of your life,” he said.
“This will be what follows them in their careers, in sports, in search of work that might not happen because of how they behaved as 22-, 24-, 25-, 26-year-olds in personal conversation.”