Like Neo in the Matrix, Nathan Horton wants his phone call. The Bruins forward is evidently upset that Aaron Rome texted him an apology rather than calling him on the phone. While this could easily be seen as sour grapes, particularly after Horton’s Bruins still won the Stanley Cup, I can understand wanting a slightly more personal apology. What I don’t understand is dragging it out into the open in the media.
I didn’t think it was possible in this time of concussion sensitivity for the concussee to appear more unlikable than the concusser. It sucks that Horton was concussed and missed the rest of the Stanley Cup Final, just like it sucked for Mason Raymond to have his back broken. But a simple e-mail from the Bruins organization to Mike Gillis or someone else in the Canucks organization and this issue is resolved. Rome is a pretty nice guy and I’m sure he’d be accommodating to Horton, especially considering he reached out to him via text in the first place instead of just leaving it at the official apology that was sent through Mike Gillis.
But you know what? Horton’s right. Aaron Rome could have done more. Here are 12 ways that Aaron Rome should have apologized to Nathan Horton: