He goofed big-time, but please, people -- especially the older gentleman who called into The Team 1200 and called Emery "a rap singer on blades" -- get a little perspective. Try to act like you've read a book without pictures at least once. This is little more than (a) media over-saturation and (b) the impression of a collective impulse by puckheads to make Emery a straw man for all those supposedly selfish, irresponsible black athletes in sports that aren't hockey -- the NFL and (especially) the NBA. The media's not even to blame -- they have to do what they have to do to draw eyeballs. Playing to people's worst impulses does that, ultimately.
Battle of Ontario either captured that perfectly, or at least knew how to pander to its audience:
"Somehow, amongst all of the flashy suits, big cars, and assorted blingery, Ray Emery ran out of money before buying a watch. He was once again late for practice today. No word on whether he lost track of time while playing in the snow."
Right. Presumably, all the other Senators buy suits at Moore's, drive used Honda Civics and their timepieces were birthday gifts from their grandparents, or Jason Spezza.
Like I said before the season: "The point is that (Emery's) a marked man in the Ottawa region ... his tastes and how he lives will always be brought into the story quicker than with anyone else, especially if his game slips."
(The second link from Battle of Ontario takes readers to the Sun Media hockey blog which, as discussed, has a borderline-libelous comment accused the Senators of having several drug users. In fairness, the BoO-birds did point out that even if Emery had driven to the correct rink, he still would have been late.)
This Emery situation -- and judging by his numbers this season, his game has slipped -- will come out in the wash. Meantime, think about why a common knee-jerk reaction was to believe the absolute worst when word came late yesterday afternoon that Emery didn't show up to practice until four minutes after the Senators were on the ice. If it had been a white guy, he would have probably got the Sean Avery treatment: "Typical, what a guy."
Point being: Emery has to skate a line that's twice as fine as it for his more monochromatic teammates. Please keep in that in mind as this saga unfolds.
Emery craps out (Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun)
Emery may have pushed Sens too far (Ken Warren, Ottawa Citizen)
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