Daniel Sedin scored the third and final Vancouver goal in the Canucks’ 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, getting in behind the Blackhawks’ defence before beating Corey Crawford on a breakway.
The last man back for Chicago: Duncan Keith, who let the Canuck winger know he was right there with a slash just prior to Daniel’s shot.
Little was made of the slash at the time. That makes some sense, I guess. If an arm had gone up for a delayed penalty, it would have come right back down when Daniel scored anyhow. (Edit: It did and we missed it. Watch the referee at the left side of the screen. If Daniel didn’t score, he would have called a penalty.)
Now, it’s possible Keith was fully aware of that when he swung the lumber in the first place. Or maybe he was just trying to cause Daniel to slip up and lose control of the puck. I’m not going to pretend to know his intent. Better to just ask him, which is what the Team 1040′s Karen Thomson did after the game. Her reward: an earful of completely uncalled-for sexist rubbish.
“It looked like there was a penalty,” she said to Keith, in explaining why she was asking about the play.
“Oh no, I don’t think there was,” Keith responded. “I think he scored a nice goal. The ref was right there. That’s what the ref saw. We should get you as ref, maybe, hey?”
“Yeah, maybe,” Thomson responded. “I can’t skate, though.”
Keith continued. “First female referee… can’t play probably, either, right? But you’re thinking the game like you know it? Okay, see ya.”
You can listen to the audio here, and wow. As if Vancouver didn’t have enough reasons to dislike this guy, now there’s that.
Obviously, the issue here is the way Keith dragged gender into the brushoff.
The “you never played the game” card is a common one in these postgame reporter/athlete duels, and while it’s scummy, there’s really nothing gendered about it. That’s the sort of surly, pointed attack you’re always at risk of getting from a player on the losing side. Unpleasant players are an unpleasant part of the job.
But when gender’s at the heart of it? That’s something else entirely, and it should never be part of the job. Keith’s shot was framed in the context of Thomson’s womanhood — the suggestion was that she doesn’t know the game because she’s a woman, and that’s just inappropriate and unprofessional on his part.
I’m not sure what sort of importance the league will place on this but, to me, this is the sort of thing that needs to be addressed in some way. I’d even be okay with a fine, just as a reminder to all the players that bringing someone’s gender into it in this way — or bringing any element of otherness, be it colour, sexuality, or something else — is completely unacceptable.Tags: duncan keith, sexism