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Total Pro Sports – Once again, Jeremy Roenick has stepped up on his soap box and tried to make his voice heard. What was he saying this time? That Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is anti-American. So what would cause JR to make such accusations. As sad as it sounds, it may have something to do with Chris Chelios’ decreased ice time. Someone should tell Roenick that his American buddy, Chelios, is 47 years old. That might have a little something to do with Babcock’s decisions.
Here is more of what Roenick had to say:
“The coach just doesn’t like him for some ungodly known reason, I think he’s got a grudge against American players, but he does not like Cheli at all,” Roenick said. “There is an underlying, I don’t know if it’s a hatred, because hatred is a strong word. But there is some underlying issue there that I don’t understand.”
“If you’d know some of the things that Babcock says to Chris Chelios, it would make your stomach churn. Just total disrespect for not even just one of the best Americans, but one of the best defensemen to ever play the game. The way he is talked to is just unacceptable. I wish I could elaborate, but that’s not proper. It’s just disrespectful.”
Babcock simply deflected Roenick’s comments as dumbfounded and said, “The operative phrase here is ‘JR said’…We keep signing Chelios because we think he’s an important part of the team.”
Chris Chelios even came to the rescue of his current coach, stating the following about Roenick’s comments:
“How does JR know anything — is he playing? The last time I talked to JR was a few weeks ago, and it was about his charity pool party in Vegas. I don’t know what JR is talking about.”
With the sharks out of the playoffs, Roenick needs to find some way to get the attention back on him, and this appears to be his latest plan. Why doesn’t he ask Brian Rafalski (another American on the Wings) what he thinks about Babcock’s disliking for Americans. Someone did and and the reply was, “Yeah, sure, he doesn’t like me. He only lets me play with Nicklas Lidstrom, the Norris Trophy-winner.”
I guess Roenick was on to something (hopefully you can detect the sarcasm here).
Roenick: Wings coach Babcock dislikes Chelios – [TheDetroitNews]