What? People don’t like seeing this stuff? Since when?
Some time ago, David Booth killed a bear. You probably remember.
It’s funny. Canuck fans had known since the day he arrived that Booth was an avid blueberry preservationist/hunter. No one batted an eye. Heck, when he announced he was embarking on a bear-hunting expedition, tweeting that he was in Alberta “hunting Bruins”, we chuckled. But then he tweeted a photo of the dead bear, followed closely by a documentary on how the bear became dead, and suddenly, the fact that he had, like, killed a bear became real.
Totally legal, not that uncommon. But it was just too much proof, especially for those of us who aren’t so into hunting and try to keep our timeline twitpic-of-dead-animal-free. The backlash was intense, and one got the impression Booth would think twice before sharing another shot of something he shot.
Nope. On Tuesday, this happened:
Just killing time… And Wapiti in Montana. twitter.com/D_Booth7/statu…
— David Booth (@D_Booth7) September 25, 2012
But before you vilify Booth here, stop for a moment and consider that this isn’t his fault.
The real victims of the lockout: animals David Booth wouldn’t have had time to kill otherwise. Booth is only in Montana because of the labour stoppage. As he himself tweeted, “Season needs to start soon! Elk hunting is too hard.”
If training camps hadn’t been cancelled while the owners try to buffalo the players down to a smaller revenue share, Booth would be in Vancouver right now, having either just skated in the Canucks’ first preseason game or preparing to skate in the next one. But with no training camp, Booth has no choice but to extend his offseason, which, as we learned this summer, primarily involves hunting animals. (And occasionally adopting them).
He can’t help himself. Heck, David Booth is so into hunting, he’s here right now, trying to kill the buffalo in the last paragraph.
And whose fault is it that Booth isn’t in training camp right now? The owners who locked out the players and are represented in these negotiations by Gary Bettman.
Thus, Gary Bettman killed that elk. Your beef — or, in this case, elk meat, I guess — lies with Bettman.Tags: booth controversies, david booth