No prophet is accepted in his home town, Jesus said shortly after the people of Nazareth brushed him off as the carpenter’s son, and if that statement holds true, I can guess we can infer that Vancouver-born Milan Lucic is a prophet. (Far be it from me to compare to Lucic to Jesus, mind you, since Jesus was far less concerned with making sure people knew who he was.)
Lucic and his family have already been victimized a few times by moronic Vancouver fans. During the Stanley Cup Final, some idiot Canucks boosters threw food at his grandparents. Shortly after the Final, his family’s church in Burnaby was vandalized.
And on Saturday night, some Vancouverite managed to complete the dumb fan hat trick, allegedly punching Lucic in the head without provocation while the Bruins’ forward was out blowing off some steam after the loss to the Canucks.
The next night, a video of the aftermath made the rounds. Warning: this video features strong language, and idiots:
We were tipped off to this video early yesterday evening, but we passed on picking it up for a few reasons: for one thing, I’m pretty sick of writing about Milan Lucic’s personal life. The post on his girlfriend bickering with Cory Schneider’s girlfriend remains one of my least favourite pieces of writing. And for another thing, if we wrote something every time someone passed along a story of a drunk guy and a drunk hockey player getting into it, well, this blog would become Pass it to Breathalyzer in a hurry.
But on Monday morning, the story gained legs when Lucic torched his hometown (because you can take the man out of Vancouver, but you can’t take the Vancouver out of the man). Alleging that the attack was unprovoked, with a guy striking him once inside a nightclub and then again outside as he was trying to get something to eat, Lucic went on to express his disgust with the city. From CSNNE:
“That’s one of the worst parts . . . that it’s in my hometown,” Lucic said. “Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents, parents and family getting harassed during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, and now it’s escalated to the point where I get attacked for minding my own business.
“I have no reason left to try and defend my city, and the people of my city. I’m done trying to defend the city I’m from. I’m disgusted and outraged that it had to come to that. Other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.”
It’s a shame it took an unprovoked attack for Lucic to realize downtown Vancouver is the worst. I’ve been downtown on a Saturday night after a Canucks game and I didn’t need to get punched by one of the many morons out and about to decide I’d be doing beverages in Gastown or Kits for ever after.
And it’s also a shame that Lucic had suddenly decided Vancouver is entire indefensible, especially since the video above showcases a bunch of guys defending him and explaining his side of the story to police. And heck, while some jerks were outside flipping cop cars, a lot of people stayed in Rogers Arena to cheer the hometown kid lifting the Cup.
But more than that, it’s a shame because Lucic is within reason to be as frustrated with Vancouver as he is, and it’s frustrating to me that after a night where the Bruins were embarrassed, both by the Canucks and, as Claude Julien indicated after the game, by Brad Marchand, some dumb fan had to go and ruin a good thing by once again giving this city a bad name.
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