June 28, 2005, - 10:39 am

Jeremy Roenick: Spoiled NHL Crybaby Tells Fans “Kiss My Ass,” “Screw You”

By Debbie Schlussel
Poor locked-out NHL millionaire Jeremy Roenick. He apparently can’t take the criticism from fans who are tired of spoiled NHL players’ incessant whining. Oops! Did I just call him “spoiled”? That’s a no-no with Roenick, who says fans who use that adjective about him to “kiss my ass.”
Wait, there’s more: In his obscenity-laced tirade against the customers who pay his salary (when he’s not locked out trying to get more money), Roenick said if fans don’t realize how hard Roenick and the other spoiled NHL millionaire crybabies are working to make the game of pro hockey better, “then don’t come.” At an expensive golf club during a lavish charity golf outing, Roenick added, “We don’t want you at the rink, we don’t want you in the stadium, we don’t want you to watch hockey. . . . Everybody out there who calls us spoiled because we play a game – they can kiss my ass. . . . I will say personally, personally, to everybody who calls us spoiled, you guys are just jealous, and screw you guys.”
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Maybe Roenick should be sentenced to a fan “sensitivity training” course. Now, he’s claiming the comments were “taken out of context.”

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Roenick doesn’t have to worry about this fan going to games; the NHL’s inflated ticket prices priced me out of attending several seasons ago. When i get the hankering for live hockey I can see four games of the local AHL team (Isles farm club – blech) for the price of one NHL game. Yeah, the quality of play isn’t as good, but it’s not four times worse.
And Roenick is a spoiled whiny crybaby. You’re in the limelight, jerk. Be an adult and respond to whatever criticism that comes along with some dignity and class.

Yngvai on June 28, 2005 at 1:07 pm

Wow so Debbie hates Jeremy Roenick. Is there any sports player she DOESN’T Hate?

Sharon Ringstaff on June 28, 2005 at 4:26 pm

Sharon, is there an article of Debbie’s that you DON’T hate? :-)
While I mostly agreed with your criticism of Deb’s WNBA rants, I think she’s right on the money with this one (no pun intended).
Honestly, if these millionaire crybabies didn’t try to “call a bluff” when the NHL compromised last February with their $42.5 million salary cap offer and said it is the best they’re going to do and that they won’t offer it again if rejected, little infant Jeremy would have a much better contract now (I’m sure Jaromir Jagr agrees).
If the NHL didn’t make the financially foolish mistake of expanding to such “hockey towns” as Tampa, Phoenix or Raleigh half of these players wouldn’t even be in the NHL today.
Like Yngvei, I had to stop going to hockey games years ago because of rising ticket prices and honestly, I don’t think anyone outside of Canada, (except maybe a few diehards in Detroit, Chicago and the Northeast) is even going to care about the NHL anymore.
Hopefully, when baseball goes through the next collective bargaining process, they will have learned from this mistake just like the NBA did.
Great piece, Debbie!

hairymon on June 28, 2005 at 6:44 pm

I’m a hardcore boxing fan,who doesn’t really follow hockey.In any case,Roenick’s comments via the media may have been taken out of context. I’m suspect of anything regarding the media in this area ever since relief pitcher,John Rocker was labelled a national menace,following some dumb comments-at worst- to a Sports Illustrated reporter,who basically overlooked Rocker’s talking to a class of special ed kid’s,for example-and had flashlight batteries and other abuse thrown at him by “fans”.Some “fans” are major assholes and nobody should expect Roenick to handle them like the late Rodney Dangerfield,who I once heard tell a heckler at Detroit’s Ford Auditorium,”I remember when I had my first beer.”That “sensitivity training”,of course,shut the asshole up.

jaywilton on June 29, 2005 at 10:14 am

Roenick sure loved to speak his mind. Although he dropped a few bombshells most will remember him as being a postive influence on the game.

Samuel Jeffery on November 13, 2012 at 1:41 am

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