Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Keith said no intent to offend reporter
By Derek Van Diest Special to ESPNChicago.com
Duncan Keith said Wednesday that there was no intent to offend the female reporter whose question after Monday's loss to the Vancouver Canucks seemed to strike a nerve.
"Over the years, people that have dealt with me know that I respect reporters, I respect everybody's job and what they do," Keith said. "Sometimes, especially after a loss, I can be fired up; I don't like to lose."
Karen Thomson, a sportscaster from Team 1040 radio in Vancouver, asked Keith about a play late in the second period on which Keith appeared to slash Daniel Sedin as Sedin scored a goal. No penalty was called.
After saying maybe Thomson should be a referee, Keith said: "The first female referee. You can't play probably, either. You're thinking the game like you know it? See ya."
Some viewed Keith's remarks as sexist, although Thomson tweeted the following day: "Hockey is an emotional game and things are often said in the heat of the moment. I think this is what happened last night. I've moved on."
Keith echoed those remarks.
"I get frustrated when I lose," Keith said. "Call me a sore loser maybe, but I think that was part of it. I think after a tough loss I was frustrated, and to me that's all that was. I guess it did get a lot of attention, but for me, I've moved on."