It’s been a few weeks since the New York Rangers put blueliner Tony DeAngelo on waivers for his post game altercation with goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.
Now for the first time, Tony DeAngelo is speaking out about that incident and how he is being portrayed in the media.
“I’m obviously disappointed about the way things ended in New York and how things have unfolded, but I’m not going to sit here and play the victim card at all.
Hockey-wise, there are mistakes that I have made. I’ve gotten hot-headed at times. I’m the first one to admit that and I take responsibility for it. I’ve tried to learn and get better and better at it, but there are still times where things have happened and emotionally I’ve gone over the line a little bit, and I accept responsibility for that. The thing with Alex, exactly like he said, emotions got away.
I wish things had happened differently, but like I said before, I’m not in any way playing the victim card.
I’m definitely misportrayed in my opinion,” DeAngelo said, before uttering a sentence unprecedented in my nearly four decades of covering the NHL. I’m not a racist, I’m not an extremist and I’m not an insurrectionist.
That stuff is completely false. That’s nothing that I stand for and I don’t think anyone stands for. People have different opinions and I respect everyone’s opinion. I never attack anyone for their opinion. I have mine that obviously I shared, but I never thought that I crossed the line with anything.”
For now, Tony DeAngelo will sit on the sidelines as the Rangers look to find him a new team if that is even possible at this point.
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