I can’t share the article that sparked this blog post with the general public because it wouldn’t be keeping with my anonymity, but it’s a beauty, I promise you.
The president of my husband’s organization gave an interview in which he blames the losing season on three things: the first coach, the goalie, and my husband.
I blogged about my husband’s injury in early December a while back. He suffered a torn MCL during a hockey game when a player from the other team kneed him; a total cheap shot. My husband’s team asked the other team for the video but they wouldn’t hand it over. I share this information because it’s kind of proof that both teams acknowledge that something illegal happened, causing my husband’s injury.
I also blogged about how they made my husband wait a week to see a doctor and about how they tried ‘massage therapy’ first – as if that was going to get anyone anywhere. All they did was waste time.
It took him approximately three months to (and I use this term loosely) recover from his injury. Had proper treatment been administered in a timely manner, his recovery time would have been cut in half.
When he felt he was ready to play again, he knew he would have to play with pain, play through pain. He was willing to do that to help his team. The coach was never pleased to have him back in the lineup, instead, he constantly questioned his ability to play and his conditioning ‘Are you biking twice a day and skating twice a day?’ the coach would ask on a daily basis. Was he expecting that my husband would say no? Of course he is doing what he asked of him!
On numerous occasions, the president of the organization brought my husband to his office to lecture and berate him. He made claims that my husband wasn’t physically fit (I’ve seen him naked, he’s as fit as they come) and that he arrived in Italy in poor shape with improper conditioning. Excuse me but my husband played like 90-some odd games last season and didn’t stop playing until late June! Over the next two months I rearranged my work schedule so he could skate every day and came home early every night so he could hit the gym. Camp in Italy started the first of September. There wasn’t time for him to get out of shape! I know, I know ... I don’t need to defend him to any of you but these people infuriate me. Their logic is … just something else!
Anyway, in the article the president claims that had my husband been properly conditioned the injury would never have happened. No mention of the cheap shot during the game. It’s just my husband’s fault, end of story. The president doesn’t mention anything about the lack of sponsorship money which led to their inability to fill their roster. He doesn’t cite the fact that the second coach they brought in has never (and I repeat NEVER) had a winning season.
He claimed that my husband arrived at camp out of shape and this is the basis of his reasoning that my husband is partially to blame for the team's losing season. I find it strange though, that in our contract it says the team could have voided his contract within the first week of camp if they felt he was out of shape. No one said a word to him ... doesn't that mean they approved of his condition? Is it just me or is this guy a complete moron?
So his logic is as follows: Had my husband been fit, had the goalie played better, had they never hired that first coach … well, they would have won a championship!
I thought a good leader was supposed to take a little more than his share of blame, a little less than his share of credit.
Obviously that doesn’t apply here.